Ram Prasad Bismil played a significant role in India’s struggle for independence and on Thursday (June 11), on the freedom fighter’s 123rd birth anniversary, India salutes his valour. People from all walks of life saluted Bismil, highlighting his bravery in India’s freedom movement.
Bismil, a poet-turned-revolutionary, was born in 1897 in Shahjahanpur. He is credited as one of the key persons to have given impetus to the country’s struggle to free itself from decades of colonial rule. Kakori conspiracy, of which Bismal was one of the masterminds, is still considered one of the most brazen acts of defiance against an unjust and harsh British rule here. He was joined by Chandrashekhar Azad, Ashfaqullah Khan, Roshan Singh and other revolutionaries.
Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaq Ullah Khan and Roshan Singh were given death sentence by British government for their involvement in the conspiracy while Azad had managed to dodge the police after looting the treasury.
While Bismil is best remembered for his unwavering love for the country, he also had a much-appreciated poetic side and had published a collection of his poems.
The freedom fighter had also published a pamphlet titled ‘Deshvasiyon ke nam sandesh’. He translated some of Bengali books too. Besides these, a collection of poems – ‘Man Ki Lahar’ and ‘Swadeshi Rang’ was also written by him.
“Sarfarosh ki Tamanna ab hamare dil mein hai, dekhna ki zor kitna baazu-e-qatil mein hai” – these immortal lines were also popularised by Bismil.