Born in Bhaora village of Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh, Chandra Shekhar Azad a national revolutionary was the main inspiration of the revolutionary group which played an important role in the freedom movement. After finishing study at Bar.aras Sanskrit College and Kashi Vidyapeeth, he joined the national freedom movement in 1922. Azad devoted himself completely to propagate violent revolutionary ideas. He had full faith in his capacity to convert the British people to his ways and make them see the wrong they had done to Hindustan. As Jean Paul Ritcher remarked, “do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good, try to use ordinary situations.” It seems Azad worked on this idea and embarrassed the British at every step. He organised groups of revolutionaries and advocated guerilla warfare training; he told them about how to obtain foreign arms and explosives and appealed to them When Lala Lajpat Rai succumbed to the injuries sustained in the lathi charge by police while protesting against the Simon Commission in Lahore, Chandra Shekhar Azad, along with Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev decided to take revenge.
They planned to shoot British Police superintendent, J.A. Scott at Lahore. They did it according to their plan, but Scott escaped and the assistant superintendent of British Police, J.P. Sanders, was killed. The revolutionaries became very active after the suspension of the non-cooperation movement by Gandhiji then, Chandra Shekhar Azad organised the revolutionaries and formed the Hindsutani Socialist Republican Association (HSRA) in 1928.
Under his leadership, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt threw a bomb in the Central Legislative Assembly on April 9, 1929 to register their protest against the public safety Bill. Chandra Shekhar was a true patriot with a difference. His dynamic outlook in freedom movement raised the eyebrows of many leaders. Azad believed that hands that help the nation are holier than lips that pray and induced the people to think.
Today, the word ‘patriotism has been reduced to just a mere word; nice to preach but never to practice. Crime, corruption and lust for wealth have degraded the common man into a self serving hypocrite, completely bereft of any sense of moral values. Sadly, the present state of affairs has become so disgusting that any person, who still has in him any semblance of virtue, finds himself out in the cold and is, in all probability accused by society of not being a realistic or not moving with time. It is said that any nation is as good as its people. Is this the India of our dreams? India has been a land of great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Subhas Chandra Bose, Azad, Bhagat Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru, etc. the list is endless. There was a time in the not toe distant past when leaders inspired people, they were the paragons of good virtues, morality, guidelines for others to emulate.
Sadly, the politicians of today come nowhere close to them. Most of our ‘peers’ in society drive around in luxurious cars, stay in palatial houses and enjoy majestic life-styles, amass assets disproportionate to their known sources of Income, believe in perpetuating their rule through sons, daughters and wives. Fortunately, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. We must understand that freedom does not mean just celebrating the Independence Day. One must feel freedom at heart, not in words only. We must follow the paths shown by Chandra Shekhar Azad and other leaders to light the candles of real freedom.
Real freedom will dawn when we care about others. Happiness and prosperity of the whole country is freedom. Despite 53 years of independence where is true freedom from shackles, open bribery in municipal and public dealing offices, laws, more breached than respected. And where is the Rule of law, it is otherwise lawlessness that rules the roost despite wireless fitted Maruti Gypsis and other aids provided to police.The mafia is ruling and not the law-enforcing agencies.