Khudiram Bose

Khudiram Bose

Khudiram Bose

My dear children we are living in free Bharat today. We must be grateful to all those patriots who sacrificed their lives for liberating Bharat from the clutches of the British. Let us learn the story of Khudiram Bose, who was the first revolutionary to hurl a bomb on the British.

Khudiram Bose was just 6 years old when he lost his parents. His sister looked after him. He was interested in reading detective books. He did not like the British because they were brutal to Bharatiyas and he wanted to drive them away when he grew up.

Once a grand exhibition was held at Medinipur in Bengal. Through pictures and puppets the British were trying to falsely depict that although they were foreigners, they were doing so much to help the people of Bharat. Lot of people went to see the exhibition. Young Khudiram was distributing handbills having the title ‘Sonar Bangla’ to the people there. Injustice and tyranny of the British were explained in the handbills and thus people were informed how British were cheating them through the exhibition. Among the visitors there were a few loyal to the King of England. They tried to prevent the distribution of the handbills. They tried to frighten Khudiram Bose, but he ignored them and continued the distribution of the handbills.
Finally, a policeman caught him and pulled the handbills from his hand; but Khudiram jerked the policeman’s hand, gave a blow on his nose and said, “Don't you dare touch me! Let me see how you arrest me without a warrant.” Later, a case was filed against Khudiram, but he was set free on the ground of his tender age.

On the night of April 30, 1908 Khudiram Bose and Profulla Chaki approached the European Club with a revolver and a bomb. They wanted to kill Kingsford, the Chief Presidency Magistrate who was known to make brutal and blatant judgements against freedom fighters. When the carriage approached just opposite him Khudiram threw the bomb inside the carriage; but unluckily Kingsford was not in that carriage. Some other people got killed. It was the first bomb hurled at the British by Bharat.

Khudiram was arrested on the charges of bomb attack and was sentenced to death on August 11, 1908. He died with the holy book Bhagwad Gita in his hands and the slogan Vande Matram on his lips.

Children, this article shows how courageous Khudiram was since a very young age. Thousands of men and women got inspired by him. By reading information about the freedom fighters you also should inculcate patriotism and be proud that you are Bharatiya ! We must bring back the past glory of Bharat.

Bal Sanskar

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