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Tatya Tope (1814 – 4/18/1859)

Tatya Tope’s original name was Ram Chandra Pandurang Tope. One of the great Indian freedom fighters, the name of Tatya Tope literally made British generals tremble with fear. He had such an aura with a fearsome reputation. His father, Padurang … Continue reading

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Rajiv Ratna Gandhi (8/20/1944 – 5/21/1991)

Rajiv Ratna Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 in Bombay into India’s most famous political family as the elder son of Indira Nehru and Feroze Gandhi. His mother, Indira Gandhi and  grandfather, Jawaharlal Nehru were Prime ministers of India. … Continue reading

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Rabindranath Tagore (5/7/1861 – 8/7/1941)

Rabindranath Tagore was born in Calcutta, India into a wealthy Brahmin family. After a brief stay in England (1878) to attempt to study law, he returned to India, and instead pursued a career as a writer, playwright, songwriter, poet, philosopher … Continue reading

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Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad (11/11/1888 – 2/22/1958)

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad ranks among the top builders of modern India and among the top freedom fighters, who dedicated his entire life to liberate India from the British colonial rule. Much has been written about this prince among Indians … Continue reading

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Mangal Pandey (7/19/1827 – 4/8/1857)

Mangal Pandey was a soldier in the 34th Regiment of the Bengal Native Infantry (BNI) of the English East India Company. He is widely seen in India as one of its first freedom fighters. The Indian government has issued postage … Continue reading

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Lala Lajpat Rai (1/28/1865 – 11/17/1928)

Lala Lajpat Rai was an Indian author, freedom fighter and politician who were chiefly remembered as a leader in the Indian fight for freedom from the British Raj. He was popularly known as Punjab Kesari (The Lion of Punjab).  Lala … Continue reading

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Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (5/28/1883 – 2/26/1966)

Vināyak Dāmodar Sāvarkar was an Indian freedom fighter, a revolutionary and politician. He was the proponent of liberty as the ultimate ideal. He is credited with developing the Hindu nationalist political ideology Hindutva. Savarkar was a poet, writer and playwright. … Continue reading

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Subhas Chandra Bose (1/23/1897 – 8/18/1945)

Subhas Chandra Bose generally known as Netaji (literally, “Respected Leader”), was one of the most prominent and highly respected leaders of the Indian independence movement against the British Raj. Bose was elected president of the Indian National Congress for two … Continue reading

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Sarojini Naidu (2/13/1879 – 3/2/1949)

Sarojini Naidu, also known as Sarojini Chattopadhyaya, was a famous Indian poet and a major freedom fighter who went on becoming the first Indian woman to be appointed the president of the Indian National Congress and the Governor of any … Continue reading

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Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (10/31/1875 – 12/15/1950)

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is a historical figure who moves you to tears. Mostly these are tears of joy, for he achieved a thrilling Indian unity. Yet some are tears of pity, for the Sardar suffered and sacrificed much. This man … Continue reading

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