Shaheed Ram Prasad Bismil

Ram Prasad Bismil was one of the great revolutionaries of India who fought selflessly for the freedom of the nation. He was born in the year 1897 at Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) in a religious Hindu family of Murlidhar and Moolmati. He was a great poet and wrote several patriotic poems under the fictitious name of Ram, Agyat and Bismil. Later he became popular among his classmates and comrades by the name of Bismil. He wrote patriotic and revolutionary poems both in Hindi and Urdu, which reflected his love for the motherland but due to financial problems, he left his studies after 8th standard but his grip over the Hindi language and passion made him keep writing poems among which “Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna” is the most popular and heard. His poems depicted the want of freedom of his motherland from the colonial rule of the British at all cost. Through his poems, he showed his eternal love for the motherland and he wanted freedom even at the cost of his life.

Shaheed Ram Prasad Bismil was one of the great revolutionaries of that time and dedicated his life towards the freedom of the nation. In the year 1918, he first participated in the Manipuri Conspiracy. He joined the Hindustan Republican Association and there he met Premkishan Khanna, Thakur Roshan Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad , Bhagat Singh , Sukhdev, Ashfaqulla Khan , Rajguru , Govind Prasad, Rai Ram Narain and Bhagawati Charan who inspired him to become a revolutionary of India. His name is mainly associated with the Kakori Train Robbery. He carried out revolutionary activities at Shahjahanpur with his friend Ashfaqulla Khan. They together looted government treasury to carry out their mission and also published an agenda called Krantikari in 1925, which promoted the abolition of inequality and slavery so as to raise fund for the revolution as they needed money.

In the year 1925, while he was going from Shahjahanpur to Lucknow by train, he noticed that moneybags were loaded into the guard’s van and being kept in an iron safe. This instigated his mind and along with Asfaquallah Khan and other revolutionaries of that place made a plan to loot the train at Kakori. On August 9, 1925, they together executed the plan of robbing the Train at Kakori and this incident made him quite popular. The Kakori Train robbery was the mastermind of Ram Prasad Bilmil. This incident shook the British Government and made issued warrant against the revolutionaries of the Hindustan Republican Association, except for Chadrashekhar Azad.

After a month long search, the Police arrested Ram Prasad Bismil On 26th September and was appeared in Court. The eminent Indian lawyers of that tried to save him as well as the other revolutionaries but they could not. He was found guilty of the incident and was given death sentence along with Ashfaqullah Khan and two others. The rest were sentenced to life imprisonment. On 18th December 1927, at a very young age of 30, was hanged. His death took from the country of one of the leaders of revolutionaries of the Indian freedom struggle.

Ram Prasad Bismil was well-known for his bravery and heroism in carrying out dangerous activities against the British rule in India. His contribution towards India’s freedom movement is notable and it is said that he was the one to show the path of freedom struggle to legend like Bhagat Singh. He was a great leader but is quite less known and his sacrifice and selfless love for the motherland deserves to be remembered and respected. He was indeed a great hero, a revolutionary and a Nationalist who is worth recognition. His name will forever shine in the list of the martyrs for his sacrifice for the dream of many Indians to live in a free nation.

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