Khudiram Bose - Martyr At 19Wishesh Special

August 11, 2015 18:16
Khudiram Bose - Martyr At 19

Khudiram Bose was one of the young revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement. He was born on 3rd December 1889 at Bahuvaini in Medinipur district, West Bengal. Trailokyanath Basu, his father was a Tahsildar of the town and mother Lakshmipriya Devi was a religious lady. He sacrificed his life to fight for the freedom of Hindustan. At the time of his hanging on 11th August 1908, he was 18 years, 8 months 8 days old.

During the period of 1902 and 1903, Sri Aurobindo (who was in the early stage of his life was a revolutionary leader and ideologue) and Sister Nivedita respectively visited Medinipur and held a series of public lectures along with secret planning sessions with the revolutionary groups. Khudiram was one among the teenage student community of the town which was fired up with a burning inspiration of revolution. Khudiram Bose was influenced by the notion of karma in the Bhagvad Gita. Khudiram walked his first steps towards the fight for freedom from the inspiration of these leaders. Khudiram as a student of the Midnapore Collegiate School, dared to request a teacher, Hemchandra Kanungo for a revolver.

Dissatisfied with the British policy on the partition of Bengal in 1905, he joined Jugantar, the party of revolutionary activists. Khudiram, at the young age of sixteen, planted bombs near police stations and targeted government officials.

On 30th April, 1908 at Muzzafarpur, Bihar, Khudiram Bose and Prafulla Chaki planned to assassinate the Chief Presidency Magistrate Kingsford. The magistrate was known for his blatant judgements against the freedom fighters. They waited for Kingsford's carriage to reach in front of the gate of European Club and blew up a carriage. Unfortunately, he missed the target and killed two innocent British ladies, Mrs. Kennedy and her daughter. Khudiram Bose and Prafulla Chaki fled the crime scene. Later Prafulla committed suicide before the arrest and Khudiram was arrested. On the charges of bomb attacks carried out by Khudiram Bose, he was sentenced to death at the age of 19. He was hanged to death on 11 August 1908.

By Premji

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