On the birthday of freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad, here are some of his facts you may don’t know about him.

  1. Chandra Shekhar’s mother wanted to see her child as a Sanskrit scholar thus she convinced his father to send him to Kashi Vidyapeeth in Varanasi to study Sanskrit.
  2. In December 1921, when Mahatma Gandhi launched the non-cooperation movement, he participated in it regardless of being only an student.
  3. He also took in archery based weaponry from the tribal Bhils of recent Jhabua district which helped him amid the arms battle against the Britishers.
  4. As a progressive, he adopted the last name Azad, which signifies “free” in Urdu. Legend has it that while he adopted the name, he promised the police could never catch him alive.
  5. Azad did not feel that violence was unsuitable in the battle, particularly after Jalliawallah Bagh Massacre of 1919, where Army units killed many unarmed ordinary people and injured thousands. Azad was emotionally effected by the tragedy.
  6. Bhagat Singh joined Azad after the demise of Lala Lajpat Rai, after he was beaten by police authorities. Azad trained Bhagat Singh and others in undercover activities.
  7. On February 23, 1931, police surrounded Azad and he was hitted on his right thigh. So, he was unable to run from the place. With one bullet in his gun and surrounded by police, he ended up shooting himself keeping his promise of never being caught alive.
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