Chandrashekhar Azad
History

Lesser known facts of Chandrasekhar Azad

(Lesser known facts of Chandrasekhar Azad)

Name: Chandrasekhar Azad

Known for: Contribution to Indian freedom struggle

Pseudonyms: Azad

Personal Life

Important dates

Birthday: 23 – July 1906

Obit day: 27 February 1931

Important Places

Place of Birth: Bhavra (Alirajpur district in the state of Madhya Pradesh)

Obit Place: Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh)

Education

Institutions: Kashi Vidyapeeth, Banaras

Family

Father: Sitaram Tiwari

Mother: Jagrani Devi Tiwari

Siblings: Sukhdev Tiwari

Spouse: NA

Children: NA

Lesser known facts

Chandrashekhar Azad was born with the name Chandrashekhar Tiwari in Bhavra village

His mother Srimati Jagrani Devi Tiwari was actually the 3rd wife of Shri Sitaram Tiwari. His previous two wives had died very young.

Chandrashekhar azad had his mother wishing him to be a Sanskrit scholar. She persuaded his father who sent him to Kashi Vidyapeeth in Varanasi for his studies.

He was only a 15 years old student when he joined the Non-Cooperation Movement. He got arrested during the movement. When he was produced before a magistrate after his arrest, he actually told that his name was ‘Azad’ with his father’s name as ‘Swatantrata’ and his residence ‘Jail’. This courageousness brought a lot of recognition and from that day onwards, his name became ‘Chandra Shekhar Azad’.

Hindustan Republican Association

Ram Prasad Bismil, the famed revolutionary and the founder of Hindustan Republican Association (HRA), was extremely impressed by Azad when he consciously put his hand fire and did not remove it from there till his skin burnt. Chandrashekhar azad became became a very active member of the HRA.

He actually used the forests of Orchha near Jhansi as a location for shooting practice. That is how he became an expert shooter and also trained other revolutionaries of his group. He lived under the name of ‘Pandit Harishankar Brahmachari’ for a long duration.

Chandrashekhar azad was also a very close associate of Shri Bhagwati Charan Vohra as well. He along with Sardar Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, he worked on transforming HRA to HSRA (Hindustan Socialist Republican Association). The primary objective of HSRA was to achieve Independence for India.

(Lesser known facts of Chandrasekhar Azad)
Alfred Park

Shri Azad finally died in Allahabad at Alfred Park on 27th Feb 1931. He was surrounded by the police after an informer told them about him. Chandrashekhar azad held his own against the police party. He had taken a pledge not to captured alive by the British government. When his ammunition was getting over, he actually shot himself dead with his last bullet.

In Allahabad, the park where he died has actually been renamed ‘Chandrashekhar Azad Park’.

The pistol which ‘Azad’ had at the time of his death has displayed at the Allahabad Museum.

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