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FREEDOM is earned and cannot be expected to be achieved without making efforts for it. This world can be a gruesome environment of inequalities between people. Many will think they are superior and consider others to be inferior. They may either wish to subjugate others or eliminate them completely. But the desire to rise up and protest is a natural thing to do. There are some individuals who can’t resist the idea of inequality and injustice. They can take on the challenge and defeat the odds. These are known as FREEDOM FIGHTERS. India’s freedom movement wouldn’t have succeeded if our brave freedom fighters had not fought against the Britishers.

This would not have been possible without the effort of the unsung heroes of the nation. The heroic deeds and sacrifices made by all the known freedom fighters, great leaders and unrecognized heroes of the nation have never cared for their own pleasures and have given shining future to the people of the nation.

As many freedom fighters have struggled to free India, and some of them are known to us, like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, etc. Still, some are not appreciated enough for having struggled for India, like Peer Ali Khan, Khudiram Bose, Birsa Munda, Kamala Das, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, etc. There is no mention of their names or evidence of their bravery in Indian history. They gave up their lifestyles and happiness, hoping for brighter tomorrow. In one way or another way, these people have made significant contributions towards the nation’s freedom.  The ones who are not praised and appreciated for their contributions to the freedom struggle. Their contributions must be valued in the same manner that we value the contributions of well-known freedom fighters. With these popular faces, we have somehow forgotten the faces of those who have contributed to the freedom struggle. Now it is time to pay tribute to these faces.

Because it has been more than fifty years since some of these individuals served as foot soldiers in the battle for freedom and democracy. Capturing these narratives is urgently needed because many are elderly, and some have health challenges. Without action, their stories may be lost to the passage of time. The brave Indian revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh and Mangal Pandey have also been the part of the list of unsung heroes of the nation, but their names have been highlighted because of the efforts of Indian cinema.

In a nutshell, unsung hero revolves around a young man who performs selfless deeds without expecting anything in return. India is the land of several brave freedom fighters, and many of them have sacrificed their lives for the sake of the independence of the nation, but we’re not aware of their names. We can honor them by declaring them as ‘UNSUNG HEROES OF THE FREEDOM WAR’. We salute the country’s unsung heroes for their courageous deeds and sacrifice for the nation for the future generations.  JAY HIND…..

Written by Niharika Patnaik, B.sc Chemistry 3rd Year

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