30 Legendary Freedom Fighters Who Changed India’s History for the Better. Who Inspired You the Most?

Guess which country has the longest written Constitution? INDIA. Not only is she the largest democracy in the world, this magnificent country has set an example of secularism in front of the whole world, not the crony secularism some people use to garner votes, real secularism. It is a country where people live freely and have all their fundamental rights in place.

Rewinding back around 400 years, the British East India Company started trading in India. The Company soon spread its dominance and started ruling India from around 1757. With the Revolt of 1857, the Company Rule came to an end. From then on, the British Raj ensued. For the next 90 years, what followed was an intense struggle for freedom. Nationalist values and patriotic sentiments ran high among people who were ready to lay down their lives to free their motherland from the clutches of British Raj. People from all parts of the country joined the struggle and countless people laid down their lives for the nation. Due to great sacrifices by these martyrs and freedom fighters, India finally became a free country on 15 August 1947.

The land we live in now is free but it wouldn’t have been so had these great men not fought for this freedom. These are 30 of the greatest freedom fighters who instill patriotic sentiments in us even now—fighters whom we owe our independence to.

1) Subhash Chandra Bose

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Subhash Chandra Bose, popularly known as Netaji, was born in Cuttack in 1897. He spearheaded the extremist wing and opposed the Gandhian ideology of non-violence. He formed the Azad Hind Army and masterminded armed attacks against the British regime. He is remembered as the most dynamic of all the freedom fighters. His death in 1945 remains a mystery.

2) Bhagat Singh

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Bhagat Singh’s selfless love for the nation was an example for the then Indian youth. Born in 1907, Bhagat Singh witnessed the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and was filled with patriotism. Actively participating in the struggle for freedom to fasting for an unbelievable 116 days, Bhagat Singh became the face of Indian youth. He willingly gave up his life for the nation when he was hanged in 1931.

3) Jawaharlal Nehru

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Jawaharlal Nehru’s speeches instilled patriotism in the hearts of Indians and helped the country secure independence during the struggle. Born in Allahabad on 14 November 1880, Nehru became to first Prime Minister of independent India.

4) Mahatma Gandhi 

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Born on the 2 October 1869 in Gujarat, Mahatma Gandhi epitomised the theory of non-violence. Widely considered as the greatest freedom fighter and leader, his efforts saw the end of the British Rule in India in the year 1947. Assassinated on the 30 January 1948, the Father of the Nation lives on in the hearts of the Indians and the world.

5) Chandra Shekhar Azad

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Born in Bhavra in 1906, Chandra Sekhar Azad was a symbol of resilience and one of the most active freedom fighters that India has produced. He teamed up with Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev and carried out armed attacks against the British forces. He shot himself with the only bullet left when the British cornered him, giving up his life for the nation.

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  1. U missed Rashbehari Bose, Batukeshwar Datta, Rajguru , Sukhdev..

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