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Issue no 19, 07-13 August 2021

Remember us once in a while...  Letters of martyrs

Book excerpt

It is true that the British ruled our country for over two centuries but it is also a fact that the people of our country had never fully accepted their rule. The dissent against British rule found expression in one way or the other from the very beginning. By mid 19th century sparks of revolt against British domination had become visible and in 1857 they flared up and took the form of the war of Indian Independence. It is also called a mutiny. It was an armed revolt but it did not succeed. In this freedom struggle great patriots like Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi, Nana Saheb, Tatya Tope fought under Bahadur Shah Zafar's leadership. About half a century later a non-violent movement against British rule started under Mahatma Gandhi's leadership. The Indian National Congress played a prominent role in it. Along with this a parallel resistance movement had also begun. Those who joined it felt that the non-violent movement was not enough. They thought it necessary to take up arms against the British. In this movement martyrs such as Chandrashekhar Azad, Ram Prasad "Bismil", Ashfaq Ullah Khan, Batukeswar Dutt etc. took an active part and sacrificed their lives for the country. These revolutionaries from time to time wrote letters to their parents, brother, sisters, friends and comrades. Publication Division's book titled 'REMEMBER US ONCE IN A WHILE... Letters of Martyrs' is a collection of their letters which inspire us with their intense feeling.

The book also contains letters by other great revolutionaries including Rani Lakshmibai, Nana Saheb, Ahmed Ali Khan, Lala Lajpat Rai, Ramprasad 'Bismil', Rajendranath Lahiri, Mahavir Singh, Ashfaqullah Khan, Chandrashekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Yatindra Nath Das, Batukeshwar Datta, Bhagat Singh And His Associates, and Subhas Chandra Bose. (The book is available for sale both through physical and online medium. The p-Book priced at Rs 170 can be purchased from the Publications Division's Sales Emporia and its authorized agents across the country, and online through Bharatkosh portal as well as Publications Division's website http://www.publicationsdivision.nic.in. The eBook priced at Rs 98 can be purchased from Amazon.in, and Digital DPD mobile application)