इस मुहीम का संकल्प है:प्रत्येक वर्ष एक अनोखी पुस्तक के माध्यम से स्वतंत्रता आन्दोलन के शहीद के आज के जीवित वंशजो को नयी जिन्दगी देना. हमने अब तक
सात लोगों के लिए कार्य किया है. अब तक 70 वंशजों को ढूंढा हूँ। एक डाकुमेंट्री भी बनाने जा रहा हूँ "एक खोज भारत की :स्वतंत्रता आन्दोलन 1857-1947 के शहीदों के गुमनाम वंशजों की दास्ताँ,एक जीवंत फिल्म", ताकि बच्चे देखें, शहीदों को, उनके वंशजों को।
Indian Martyrs & Their Descendants
Where are the descendants of the legendary Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi? Historians and artists of the period immortalised the young heroine of the first war of independence of 1857, who fought valiantly against the British on the horse while tightly strapping her adopted son Damodar Rao to her back. While Laxmibai was martyred, there was no recorded account of whether Damodar Rao survived the war or not?
However, researchers working on more than 400-page first ever pictorial coffee-table book “Indian Martyrs & Their Descendants – 1857-1947,” claimed that Damodar Rao did survive the war and they even traced Rao's third generation descendant’s living in anonymity in India.
Manikarnika Tambe, a daughter of priest in court of Peshwa Bajirao at Bithoor married Raja Gangadhar Rao of Jhansi and became Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. When Gangadhar Rao died, the British annexed Jhansi Estate under the Doctrine of Lapse and aggrieved by this, Rani Laxmibai joined the rebels in the first war of independence in1857 and was martyred in the struggle and immortal in history.
Damodar Rao lives on as a small footnote in history of India and in popular imagination as a little boy tied to a fearless heroine’s back, and the historians also ignored to find out his next generation. He lived the rest of his days in penury begging the British government to restore to him some of his rights without avail.
The book, compiled and edited by Delhi journalist couple Neena Jha and Shivnath Jha, is being published under the aegis of “Andolan Ek Pustak Se” of Bismillah:The Beginning Foundation to rehabilitate Jeet Singh and his family. Jeet Singh is the third generation descendants of martyr Udham Singh living in anonymity and penury in Sangrur district. The family is engaged in a construction company for their livelihood.
Shaheed-e-Azam Sardar Udham Singh had killed 76-year-old General Dwyer at Caxton Hall in London in March 1940 to take avenge of the Jallianwala massacre in which hundreds of innocent, helpless and unarmed people including women and children were killed.
The book comprises the descendants of more than 35 martyrs of 1857 and 1947 martyrs, including Rani Laxminbai,Tatya Tope, Thakur Durga Singh, Azimullah Khan,, Jaipal Singh (who fought with Babu Kunwar Singh in Bihar), Mangal Pandey, Jabardast Khan and Surendra Sai during 1857 mutiny and Udham Singh, Subhash Chandra Bose, Matangini Hazra, Ashfaqukkah Khan, Khudiram Bose, Bhagat Singh, Satyendranath Bose, Ras Behari Bose, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Ram Prasad Bismal, Madan Lal Dhingra, Rajguru, Surya Sen, Batukeshwar Dutt, Baikunth Shukla, Bal Mukund, Avadh Behari, Amir Chand, Basant Biswal, Kushal Knowar, Bhaga Jatin, Chapekar brothers, Mahadev Ranade, Bazi Rout and others who laid their lives during the wars of independence (1857-1957).
Besides others, the grandson of Jatindranath Mukherjee alias Bagha Jatin, the founders of the Anushilan Samiti in 1900, and leader of Jugantar group of revolutionaries, Dr. Prithvindra Mukherjee has written a piece on his grand father. Dr. Mukherjee, who lives in Paris, also sent several priceless pictures for the book.
It will be the third attempt of the couple to rehabilitate descendants of the forgotten heroes from the proceeds of the books. Earlier, they have identified, rescued and rehabilitated Vinayak Rao Tope, the fourth generation descendants of frontline leader of 1857 mutiny Tatya Tope (who were virtually begging on the street of Bithoor in Kanpur) and Sultana begum, the great granddaughter-in-law of India’s last emperor and commander-in-chief of 1857 mutiny Bahadur Shah Zafar living in a slum in Howrah.
According to “Conflict of Evidence” written by an English writer, “after 1857, twelve persons of Tatya Tope’s family, including his father were kept in Gwalior Fort pending investigations into their intecedents. His mother Rukmini Bai and his sister Durga were among the prisoners. They were found to be innocent and were released. Ttatya Tope’s father and members of his family there upon came to Bithoor to settle there. Due to financial difficulties the family broke up; three bothers went away to Nepal. Another brother of Tatya Tope, Ramkrishna Panduran reached Baroda in search on employment. There he met the maharaja and said that he was the brother of Tatya Tope and wanted employment. The manahara apprehending trouble with the government, put the man before the Assistant Resident who took a written statement from him.
Of the questions the officers asked, one was, where is Tatya Tope these days? This was in 1862.
INAURURAL SPEECH at Press Club of India, New Delhi on 13th April 2011, Vaishakhi - 92-year after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre) Esteemed ladiesand gentlemen , It is a pleasureand indeed a privilege tobe a part of this book launch function. Today is the 92nd anniversary of the bloody Vaishakhi day of April 13, 1919 which was awatershed day in India's history. Hundreds of peaceful demonstrators including men, womenand children - were massacred by the British imperialistic forces under General MichaelO’Dwyer at Jalianwala Bagh in Amritsar, Punjab. Those killed were largely the faceless people who had nurtured a dream of Freedom for the motherland. It was twenty years later that their brutal murder was avenged by an inspired young man, Udham Singh, who killed Michael O’Dwyer and in the bargain, attained martyrdom. Tragically, his selfless sacrifice for the cause of the country's freedom went unsung and as India got freedom, he sadly got confined to the dusty pages of history. It is ind…
New Delhi, July 23 (UNI) : Shehnai maestro late Ustad Bismillah Khan was not destined to fulfil his lifetime desire to play the instrument at the historic India Gate but his name will be enshrined in the minds of children with his life and art becoming part of the curriculum for Class IX students.
While performing at a cultural programme in Delhi three years ago, the maestro said '' When I sing the bhajan 'Raghupati Raghav Rajaram', it gives me tremendous satisfaction to know that at least some of the children will remember the 'old man' for the song''.
That dream has now been realised with the NCERT including a chapter on the Ustad in the Class IX syllabi.On India's first Republic Day, Bismillah Khan enthralled audiences with a sterling performance from the ramparts of the Red Fort.
The legendary musician has been an inspiration for the world and thus the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCE…