Khudiram was a revolutionary from Bengal Presidency who opposed British rule of India
NEW DELHI — Khudiram Bose, a freedom fighter who laid down his life for Independence from British rule, was remembered on Wednesday across the country on his death anniversary.
Tributes were paid to Bose by the country’s top leadership, including the Vice President of India.
In his message, the Vice President said that Khudiram Bose was one of the youngest martyrs of India’s freedom struggle.
The revolutionary spirit, courage & sacrifice of Khudiram for the cause of the motherland will always be remembered and inspire many generations to come, M. Venkaiah Naidu said.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, otorhinolaryngologist and former Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, paid tribute to Bose, saying he gave the ultimate sacrifice for the nation at just 18 years of age.
While paying tributes to the ‘great revolutionary,’ Baijayant Panda, national vice president and spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party, called Bose one of the youngest martyrs of India’s freedom struggle.
“He will always be remembered for his selfless sacrifice for the independence of the nation,” the BJP leader said.
The Congress party also remembered him, saying Bose sacrificed his life for the country at the young age of 18 while fighting for freedom and inspiring millions of young people to join the struggle for freedom against the British.
Among others who paid their tributes include Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath; Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs & Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas; Gaikhangam, MLA and former Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur; Dilip Saikia, National General Secretary of BJP and Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.
Who was Khudiram Bose?
Khudiram Bose was a revolutionary from the Bengal Presidency who fought British rule in India. He lived from 3 December 1889 to 11 August 1908.
He was given the death penalty and Prafulla Chaki for his participation in the Muzaffarpur Conspiracy Case, making him one of the Indian Independence Movement’s youngest heroes.
Khudiram and Prafulla Chaki tried to kill a British judge, Magistrate Douglas Kingsford, by planting explosives in the carriage they thought he was riding in. On the other hand, Magistrate Kingsford was sitting in a separate carriage, and two British ladies were killed as a result of the bombings. Prafulla killed himself before being apprehended.
Khudiram was apprehended and tried for the murders of the two ladies, receiving a death sentence. He was one of the first Bengali freedom fighters to be hanged by the British.
Khudiram was 18 years, 8 months, and 11 days, 10 hours old when he was hanged, making him India’s second-youngest revolutionary.
On the other hand, Mahatma Gandhi condemned the violence and mourned the loss of the two ladies. “The Indian people will not achieve their freedom through these tactics,” he declared.
On the other hand, Bal Gangadhar Tilak defended the two young men in his journal Kesari and advocated for immediate swaraj. Following this, Tilak was arrested by the British colonial administration on accusations of sedition.