Chandra Shekhar Azad was a revolutionary, who died for the country and whose sacrifices have become immortalized in the Indian history and its struggle for freedom under the rule of Britishers. He was born, named, Chandrashekhar, and Tiwari, on 23 July 1906. He joined the 1921 Non-cooperation movement by Mahatma Gandhi, however, he was arrested, and famously gave himself the name of “Azad” which means freedom and through which he became popular across the nation and beyond. After he was suspended from the movement by Gandhi, Shekar had a more violent turn over and later became aquianted with Ram Prasad Bismil, with whom he established the Hindustan Republican Association.
He died at Alfred park, Allahabad, when the police had surrounded him after being tipped off by an informant about his location. He killed three policemen, and also tried to save Sukhdev Raj. In the end, he had made a promise to himself that he’ll never be captured by the police alive, hence he shot himself dead. The date was 27 February 1931.
Azad’s name, thus became popular after the incident and his deligince and passion to free his country from years of being under the Bristish has been lauded by many and his name has also been used in the popular culture as someone who is dedicated to his country and won’t bow to any forces that try to cow him down. This day, the people of nation mourn his death and also look at his sacrifices as a moment of pride.
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