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Journalist reaches out to Indian martyrs' neglected descendants

Published: Sunday, Sep 19, 2010, 14:10 IST
Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

Proceeds from a new book will help Jeet Singh, the surviving grandson of freedom fighter Udham Singh, who avenged the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre by assassinating General Michael O'Dwyer.
Compiled by journalist Shivnath Jha and his wife Neena, the 444-page pictorial coffee-table book "Indian Martyrs and Their Neglected Descendants:1857-1947" will have information and pictures of freedom fighters killed by Britishers during this period but have been forgotten over time.
Jeet Singh, presently works as a daily-wage labourer in Sangrur in Punjab. His two children also work - Jaspal the elder son works in a cloth shop while his only sibling Bobby assists at a printing shop.
"Former President Giani Zail Singh had assured Jeet Singh of doing something for his family but years later, Jeet Singh continues to live a miserable and unknown life," Jha told PTI.
"The family feels sad due to the fact that…