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Do You Know The Youngest Freedom Fighter Of Our Country Khudiram Bose?

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Do you know about our young freedom fighter Khudiram Bose?

Khudiram Bose was a freedom fighter, who was one of the youngest revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement. He was born on 3rd December 1889. Trailokyanath Basu, his father was a Tahsildar of the town and mother Lakshmipriya Devi was a religious lady. His birthplace was Bahuvaini in Medinipur district, West Bengal.

Khudiram Bose

Khudiram Bose was influenced by the notion of karma in the Bhagavad Gita and was involved in revolutionary activities to free mother India from the clutches of British rule. Dissatisfied with the British policy of the partition of Bengal in 1905, he joined Jugantar – the party of revolutionary activists. At the tender age of sixteen, Bose left bombs near police stations and made government officials his victims. On the charges of carrying out a series of bomb attacks, he was arrested.

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In Muzzafarpur, Bihar, on 30th April 1908 Khudiram Bose and Prafulla Chaki planned to assassinate the Chief Presidency Magistrate Kingsford. The magistrate was known for his blatant judgments against the freedom fighters. They waited for Kingsford’s carriage to come in front of the gate of the European Club and blew up a carriage which was not carrying Kingsford. As a result of this unfortunate incident two innocent British ladies – Mrs.Kennedy and her daughter were killed. Both the revolutionaries fled the crime scene. Later Prafulla committed suicide and Khudiram was arrested.

Interestingly, the ‘Father of the nation’ Mahatma Gandhi detested Bose’s act and regretted the death of two innocent women. He even stated that such acts “will not win their freedom through these methods.”

But another freedom fighter, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, in his newspaper ‘Kesari’ defended Bose and called for immediate swaraj, but only to be arrested by the British colonial government.

On the charges of bomb attacks carried out by Khudiram Bose, he was sentenced to death at the age of 19. He was hanged to death on 11 August 1908.

Khudiram Bose after capture

In his own words, Khudiram made a statement (which was undated) while under arrest, recorded by the special branch of the police, before he was hanged: I was naughty in my childhood. (But after I entered Midnapore Collegiate School) a change overtook me.

11 August marks the 110th death anniversary of freedom fighter Khudiram Bose, one of the youngest revolutionaries of the Indian Independence movement.


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