#HappyIndependenceDay: Sare Jahan Se Accha Hindustan Hamara
On the account of 72nd Independence Day, we thought we would revise a little from our history classes. We bring you the 10 inspiring personalities who changed the face of India and their messages for us.

1. Mahatma Gandhi

An iconic man the world has ever seen. The time when people believed that war was the only solution, there stood a man against violence and proved to the world that humanity, love and non-violence can win too. He stood up to his lines “Be the change that you wish to see in the world. “ His life itself was a message.

2. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

The Iron Man of India. He was born to a poor farmer, With much difficulties, he completed his studies and became a successful lawyer and later a prominent leader of Indian National Congress. He was responsible for the integration of over 500 princely states into the Indian Union and it’s because of him Hyderabad remained as a part of India.

3. Rani Lakshmibai

Dates back to 1840s and 50s. She played a prominent role in resisting the rule of East India Company. It has also been reported that she commanded the largest women’s army till date. When we talk about Jhansi Rani Lakshmibai, the first picture that comes to our mind is the way she battled with her son tied on her back, right? She was a rebellion.

4. Mangal Pandey

One of the earliest freedom fighters of Indian struggle for independence who fought the first Indian rebellion of 1857. He was a soldier under the British East India Company. He was a devout Hindu and once he discovered that the rifles which the soldiers used were greased with pig and cow fat, which was against religious beliefs, he revolted back against the British and later became a prominent leader.

5. Bhagat Singh

He is one of the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement. His slogan “Inqualab Zindabad” meaning Long Live the Revolution! became very popular with the activists. As a young boy, he dreamed of seeing India as a free nation. He involved himself in many revolutionary protests. He was convicted and hanged at the age 23. His legacy inspired many young Indians to be a part of the freedom struggle.

6. Shubhas Chandra Bose

Subhas Chandra Bose was a dynamic personality. His ideas and strategies didn’t match with his contemporary freedom fighters but his fighting spirit led him to build an organisation called Azad Hind Fauj to overthrow British from India. He died at an early age but he is still remembered as one of the greatest heroes India has ever seen.

7. Annie Besant

A British Activist who believed in Indian Self-rule. She campaigned for India’s freedom and was also a woman’s rights activist. She fought against her own country for the establishment of democracy in India. Standing for the right that too against her own country people must have been very tough but the courage she showed is highly inspiring and remarkable.

8. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

The creator of the largest democracy in the world. He was a victim of the Indian caste system. He campaigned against social discrimination in India, overcoming numerous social and financial obstacles, Ambedkar became one of the earliest “untouchables” to obtain a college education in India. He strived hard for equal social rights for the untouchables and women. He brought a revolution in modern India.

9. Sarojini Naidu

The Nightingale of India. She was the first Indian woman President of the Indian National Congress and also became the first woman to become the governor of an Indian state. She travelled to many states and delivered speeches on social welfare and spread the message of independence through her poetry. She involved herself in various activities such as women education and Hindu Muslim equality and also took part in the movements like Montagu Chelmsford Reform through, Khilafat movement, Satyagraha Movement.

10. Jawaharlal Nehru

The first Prime Minister of India. He was raised in a rich family, studied law in England, quit practice and became an important part of the freedom struggle. Once while traveling on a train, Nehru overheard British General gloating over the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, an incident in which 79 people were killed and at least 1,200 wounded. Upon hearing the general’s words, Nehru vowed to fight against the British. And this incident changed the course of his life.

There are many such personalities which involves freedom fighters from various religions, social activist and millions of soldiers who sacrificed their lives. We owe our sincere respect to them.

Feel the pride of being a part of such a glorious nation - Happy Independence Day!

Source: http://inspire99.com/10-inspiring-independence-heroestheir-message-to-us/
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