Remembering Chandra Shekhar Azad and his martyrdom on his death anniversary

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On Feb 27, 1931 Chandra Shekhar Azad, shot himself dead because he had vowed he would never be arrested by British Police. On this day it is fitting to remember what free India is doing to its youth

While Chandra Shekhar Azad certainly valued his revolver, he was actually restrained while using it. If we read his life-story carefully, time and again there would be call for action and the restraining influence would often come from Azad. We must also recall in this context what Shahid Bhagat Singh said, that non-violence as a policy is indispensable for all mass movements while use of force is justifiable only when resorted to as a matter of terrible necessity.

This was then the message of great revolutionaries like Azad, Bhagat Singh and Ramprasad Bismil. Revolution for them was not the wanton use of violence but a long-term commitment to building a nation free from exploitation and injustice. These revolutionaries, from Bhagat Singh to Subhas Chandra  Bose, also placed great emphasis on inter-faith harmony. That is their legacy.

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