Chandra Shekhar Azad – Freedom Fighter of India
Born on the 23rd of July in the year 1906, Chandra Shekhar Azad was a renowned and significant entity during India’s freedom struggle, who gave a new shape to the Hindustan Republican Association, after the demise of the founder of the association, Ram Prasad Bismil and other important leaders of the association, that is, Rajendra Nath Lahiri, Roshan Singh as well as Ashfaqulla Khan.
He restarted and restructured the association with a new name: Hindustan Socialist Republican Association, and ever since then had acted as the chief strategist for it. He was also known to be a great influence on Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s life, and also acted as the latter’s mentor in his freedom struggle.
The term “Azad” got added to his name on its own accord, as during the non-cooperation movement, Chandra Shekhar, who was just 15 years old and still an active participant in the movement, got arrested, and when he was produced in front of a magistrate, he said his name was “Azad,” which means “liberated.”
Ever since then he became famous in history with the name Chandra Shekhar Azad, or simply Azad.
He had made a pledge that no one(police or enemies) would catch him alive, and staying true to that, he shot himself using the last bullet of his gun, after he killed three policemen and a long battle of firing took place between both the parties. He passed away on 27th February, 1931 in Allahabad at the age of just 24.