Top 12 Greatest Freedom Fighters of India

Presently the world’s largest democracy with the longest written constitution, India, has been a free and independent nation only since 1947. Earlier being visited by the Aryans, the Persians, Iranians, Parses and Mughals, India was invaded and looted by the Mongolians. Later french colonies were established and finally came the Britishers to rule over the country. India lived under the colonial rule- British Raj for nearly 200 years. After being ruled over by the British East India Company from 1600, the Sepoy mutiny, called The Indian Rebellion of 1857, began. This marked the initiation of the Indian Freedom Struggle. The struggle for freedom wasn’t demanded or fought for in a single day but it took 90 years for the country to regain its political independency and it was a mass based movement. Hundreds of freedom fighters campaigned against foreign domination and helped in getting the country freed from British, French and Portuguese rule. These are 12 greatest freedom fighters of all time to whom we owe this independent nation we are currently living in.

12. Sarojini Naidu

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Remembered as the Nightingale of India, poet and social activist Sarojini Naidu made significant contributions during the independence struggle of India. Sarojini Naidu was the first woman to be elected as the governor of an Indian state and the Indian National Congress. She traveled across different states delivering speeches on social welfare and her poetry became the medium of sending out the message of independence.

11. DR. babasaheb ambedkar

dr BR Ambedkar

Responsible for the formulation of Indian constitution, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar has played a tremendous role in shaping the modern India and transforming millions of oppressed people into dignified and responsible citizens of India. Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar was born into a Dalit family which made him a victim of the caste system. He converted to Buddhism and also helped other low caste people to rise above the torture conducted towards them. Dr Ambedkar was an important part of the social revolution and was made the first Law Minister of India.

10. Mangal Pandey

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A soldier in the army of British East India Company, Mangal Pandey was one of the first freedom fighters of India. Pandey was a Sepoy who rose against the British rule during the Great Revolt of 1857. Mangal Pandey attacked his British officers, revolted against the greased cartridges being used by the British forces and played a pivotal role in the Barrack pore Unrest. Mangal Pandey fought with diligence for the freedom of this country and due to his rebelliousness he was hanged till death in 1857.

9. Bahadur Shah Zafar

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The last Mughal Emperor of India Bahadur Shah Zafar was a great freedom fighter largely involved in the Indian Rebeliion of 1857. He was the leader of the Sepoys and led his army for the Sepoy mutiny against the East India Company. Seeing his rebellious activities Bahadur Shah Zafar was exiled to Rangoon which is now in Bangladesh.

8. Sardar Vallabhai Patel

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A prominent leader of Indian National Congress, Sardar vallabhai Patel played a leading role in India’s struggle for independence. Vallabhai Patel took part in Satyagraha and while Mahatma Gandhi was in prison he led the Satyagraha in Nagpur. Sardar Vallabhai Patel also actively participated in Civil Disobedience Movement and Quit India Movement.

7. Dr. Rajendra Prasad

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We remember Dr Rajendra Prasad as the first president of The Republic of India but he also played a great role in the freedom struggle of the country and is rightly referred to as the architect of Constitution of India. Dr Rajendra Prasad, a supporter of Mahatma Gandhi joined the Indian National Congress during the Independence movement and became a major leader from the region of Bihar. He was an active member of the Salt Satyagraha and Quit India Movement and was imprisoned by the British authorities during these movements.

6. Rani Lakshmi Bai

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The Indian struggle for freedom wasn’t just a man’s affair but thousands of women too fought with bravery to bring back this nation’s pride and Rani Lakshmi Bai’s name shines in the list. “Khoob ladi mardani wo to Jhansi wali Rani thi” (She fought a man’s war, she was Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi). These words wonderfully talk about the bravery with which she fought the British army to save her reign over the Princely state of Jhansi. Rani Lakshmi Bai led her troop, the largest women army till date, and fought the battle against the British.

5. Jawahar Lal Nehru

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The first Prime Minister of independent India Jawahar Lal Nehru hasn’t gained much recognition as a freedom fighter which he deserves. Born into a political family Jawahar Lal Nehru spent most of his educational years in England but then returned to India as the struggle for freedom had been on his mind for a long time. Nehru was a staunch Gandhian. He believed in Satyagraha and was keen on adapting the non-violent methods for the freedom struggle. Jawahar Lal Nehru actively took part in the non-cooperation movement in 1920 and then the Civil Disobedience Movement. The last days of freedom struggle saw vigorous campaigns by Nehru and ultimately he took the responsibility as a Prime Minister of India to build a new nation with a successful economy.

4. Chandra Shekhar Azad

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When it comes to remembering the powerful souls who gave away their life to see India getting independence Chandra Shekhar Azad is a sure name. One of the greatest freedom fighters and a revolutionary, Chandra Shekhar Azad was committed to free India by any means. First participating in Gandhi’s non cooperation movement, Azad later implemented the use of arms for the struggle of freedom. The unforgettable contributions by Azad include establishment of Hindustan Socialist Republic Association, mentoring and encouraging other young revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev and establishment of Jhansi camp. Chandra Shekhar Azad loathed the British rule to such extent that he ended his life by shooting himself because he preferred dying with pride rather than by the hands of British police.

3. Subhash Chandra Bose

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Another great freedom fighter was Subhash Chandra Bose who was the founder of Indian National Army, more popularly known as “Azad Hind Fauj”. Subhash Chandra Bose was a believer in Swami Vivekananda’s teachings and had a patriotic zeal even as a student. During his days in Calcutta University, he had beat one of his British professors who made a racist remark over Indian students. Bose was a rebel and he joined the Indian National Congress and later became its president.

“Tum mujhe khoon do, main tumhe azadi dunga” (You give me blood, and I promise you freedom). These are the ever famous words said by Netaji in his speech which motivated a large number of Indians to take up intense and serious actions towards freeing their motherland from colonial powers.

2. Mahatma Gandhi

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The man whose picture we see every day on the currency of this country, the Father of the Nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an iconic personality. His gave up everything to make India a free and independent country. Mahatma was a believer in non-violence and a man with very strong morals and values. His countless contributions to the country includes his efforts towards easing poverty, expanding women rights, ending untouchability and above all, bringing Swaraj- Self-rule. Gandhi led movement and campaigns like Dandi Salt March, Quit India Movement, Non Cooperation Movement, Satyagraha among many others. If it wasn’t for this old man, India would have continued to live under colonial rule for atleast a few more years.

1. Bhagat Singh

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Bhagat Singh is rightly considered to be the most influential revolutionary during the Independence movement for India. When we think of all the martyrs who gave away their life for the pride and honor of their motherland, we often remember “Shaheed” Bhagat Singh. From seeking revenge on Lala Lajpat Rai’s death and 1929 assembly bomb throwing incident to the 116 days fast in jail, Singh was not a believer in Gandhian ideology of Satyagraha and non-violence. At the age of 23 Singh was sentenced to death along with Rajguru and Sukhdev while all three of them kissed the rope, put it around their neck themselves and died for the sake of Bharat Mata. Singh’s death proved to be an awakening for the youth of the nation which got committed to make India the Independent India.

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  • seriously zafar was a freedom fighter? common on. he was just using this as an opportunity to regain evil mughal empire rule. he did nothing. he was just a figurehead. he was forced by his generals and sons to take that position. he contributed nothing. he was under pressure from revolting sepoys. he had zero contribution.

  • you missed so many greats but kept zafar there. zafar is just creation of stupid people. he neither made any plan nor fought the battle. and even mangal pandey is overrated he just revolted on religious issues and low salary and status for Indian soldiers. if that would have been resolved he would have never fought on pure emotional reasons like other in the list did.

  • millions died , starved, arrested send to andaman, hanged. and after all these sacrifices people like tipu sultan or zafar are declared freedom fighters who did it for sole purpose of maintaining their empire. zafar did nothing and was arrested after failure of mutiny where he cried for amnesty. and tipu sutan treasury had coins about establishing a caliphate. he wrote books on it and wanted all India muslim empire and had forced brahmins to eat meat and killed many of them

  • we want to see Bhagat singh pic on currency note ,hes is a true fighter than that ***gandhi .
    Plz support dis be a true indian ..jai hind

  • As u have mentioned that a few freedom fighters here i agree with u.And u have forgotten to mentioned Muslim freedom fighters who have fought more then the personality’s u have mentioned. Dont be one sided and if u are kneen in publishing the details then do it all.
    Is B R Ambedkar a freedom fighter. How can u.

    • well tell me how many muslims join Indian Army… Any ways i will teach you some thing you were not taught by your grand parents.. Muslims invaded Bharat, India almost 500 years back.. you looted us,, kings were killed and you people became nawabs… women were raped, did slavery.. many were forced to converted into muslims… And today you say muslims were freedom fighters.. Today the good muslims who are there in our country were the one who were once Hindu..

      • hindus converted to muslim bcoz of the cast system they dont have even a value of a worm they were been crushed by the higher cast
        but we indians should not fight by religion we are one we should stay together for a bright tomorrow

      • Muslims and Hindus both have equal place in this society so no need to argue like little children.. I am only 12 years old but I still understand this ! We have unity in diversity…..dont forget that !

      • muslim invaders came from Turkistan,Iran and Afghanistan,the inhabitant of these countries were very healthy,strong with beutiful wives,so,they were not in need of Indian ladies who were much inferior in beuty and culture than their own,raping Indian ladies is only a dirty blame.The muslims came in India just like hindu aryans but they did not treat locals like aryans did with local.Muslim made a strong political india for peaceful living for all and treated hindus and muslims like 2 eyes of the same face.For the defence of india muslims gave sacrifices with 144;1.It means 144 muslims poured their blood to save india as compared to 1 hindu.During colonial rule muslim were the main participant in the war of independence.From Siraj ud doula to Tipo sultan and then from Tipu sultan to 1857 war of independence their is a glaxy of muslim martyrs and freedom fighters.After 1857 muslims continued to fight the colonial rulers from Bengal to Frontiers of Afghanistan till the dawn of 14th aug.1947.

  • So called Anmol K sharma before u talk learn just basics of the Great personalities.If these people were not to be at those times u would have been a slave and a dog under the british.
    And prince munna would have been a slave munna.U guys are idiots.Learn to respect

        • If you are from India, you are a bloody convert and belong to the same herd. If you are from middle-east, then you are no better than a stupid terrorist who knows only how to butcher people. See, what is happening in Syria, yemen , Turkey and most of the middle-east countries. You all are fucked-up. If you are a Paki, you are seriously fucked up.

          • Nothing is happening to ME compare to what happened to you Indian Hindus for 1000+ years when you were enslaved by a minority group of Muslims. Your ancestors used to present your KANYAS with their opened YONIS to please MUSLIM LINGAMS. Who were BABAR, SHAHAB UDDIN GHAURI (Eliminated Prithiv Raj Chohan), AHMED SHAH ABDALI (Eliminated Marhatas), Mehmood Ghaznavi ( Conquered Somanath and attacked India 17 times successfully) and the ARYANS who came from Central Asia and pushed BLACK INDIAN HINDU POPULATION to the South and gave the LOCAL HINDU POPULATION the name “HINDU” (OLD ARYAN LANGUAGE) means the BLACK SHIT, which you call yourself proudly. (read the History, just don’t believe me and you will find the meaning of HINDU in old Asian aryan people of Central Asia).


          • Ameerr Paul, do you think that was the greatest deed of the Muslims. You all were terrorist then and now too. You take pride in being the rapist. What good do you know it has done to humanity. You should be ashamed when you are proudly taking the names of those fucking Muslim bastards. There is no legitimacy to the Aryan theory. Check your facts. You seem to seriously learn history before you speak. Aryan theory was created by British to show their supracy as they claimed themselves the pure and better Aryans. So that people in India will accept and obey them. I agree there were factions in India which the fuckes up Muslim rulers took advantage of. If the India would stand in unison, you all would not have time to pee. Check the Rajasthan war in Wikipedia. Only because there were many small non-cooperative Hindu kingdoms, you bastards were able to set your foot in our land. You know what. You are a potential terrorist otherwise you would not be proud of those dark history of yours.

          • I From India? The ffuucckkiinngg A$$ hole country, which according to your own EX Environment and Forest Minister Mr. JAYRAM RAMESH tagged India:

            “If there would be a NOBEL PRIZE ON FILTH, INDIA WOULD WIN IT”.

            Your is a country where your holy people SADHUS are TOTAL NAKED, ASH RIDDLED, the most uncivilized (Worse than Masai mara of Africa and Aborigines of Australia who now cover themselves), where the EX PM Desai and EX PRESIDENT RADHA KRISHNAMENON used to drink their own urine and on the other hand the majority Indian Hindu population drinks cow’s MUTTAR? You are uncivilized PEACE OF $HIT PEOPLE.

            Your PM acknowledged in India’s involvement in terrorism in East Pakistan, he himself was denied to visit any civilized country because of his involvement in Terrorism in GIJRAT, and will again be denied for VISA to visit any civlized country once he is out of PM office.


          • You say you are from India. Then do not forget that you are the son of a Hindu father who could not tolerate the torture of those Muslim savages. Those who are still Hindu, they were able to pay the tax imposed by Muslim rulers and retained the religion. Those who converted themselves are the present day Indian truth, your forefathers are the ones enslaved by those savages. Singing the victory song of your masters will not bring you any glory. I pity you.

          • My parents were from India does not mean that they were the offsprings of Hindus. We are fairer than most of you Hindus, why? Because either our fre fathers were Arabs, Turks, Central asian, or Afghans. Hindu in Old Atyan Language means BLACK, and was stigmatized to the local Indian population who were very dark (See South Indians) and Aryans pushed the locals towards the South. Hell, we are not offspring of BLACK INDIAN HINDUS. More over a SHUDDAR, CHAMAR, DALEET, ACHOOT even a BHANGI when becomes a Muslim, becomes our brother. It is the belief and not the race which is the essence of Islam. Do you want to be as close as my real brother, become a Muslim, not to because you want to be my brother, but go and see what Islam offers, and I will grab you touching my chest with yours. For you I am MALEECH, but your own relegion holder can be a ACHOOT. No religion is so descriminative as Indian Hindu religion.

            I live in USA but travel frequently to Pakistan and some time to India. In Sind, Pakistan there are Hindu Majority places such as AMAR KOT, JACOB ABAD. MIRPUR MATHLO where BHAIL (Lower caste Hindus) live. I have an NGO and we help every one, does not matter Hindu or Muslim, Sikh or Christians with the meager resources to the best of our abilities. We don’t discriminate at all.

            Tell me one instance where any anti Hindu riots occur in Pakistan abeted, instigated by Government of Pakistan or by any Government official, any instance?

            Your history is filled with Government Sponsored riots against muslims. Your PM as an Ex Chief Minister was involved in Gujrat. If any Leaderv in Pakistan would have been involved against any minorities in Pakistan, he would be killed. SHAME ON YOU if you know what shame means that you elected a murderrer, a terrorist as a PM.

          • Aameer Paul, your skin is fairer, that does not mean you are having Arab blood. Even upper caste Hindus, the so called Aryans are also fair in color. Your forefathers were either Hindu or you are of mixed race. I am very much aware of the happenings in Pakistan. I have friends in Pakistan who inform of their plight. All terrorist organisations have head quartets in Pakistan. Poor Pakistanis are trained to go in suicide mission for meager amounts. There are factions among your religion itself. One trying to kill the other. Refer to Peshawar killing. Muslims in India are offered OBC quota. Our government has no jobs for upper caste Hindus, but they do have for Muslims under quota. Read all your comments and realize how uncicivlized you are.

          • You have some Pakistanis to whom you call friends but they are just NOT STRANGERS, but not friends.

            I go to Pakistan every 3 months, and your RAW was and is involved in TERRORISM. However we have controlled 90% of the terrorism and now it will be our turn. Pakistan will start helping Khalistanis, Kashmiris, MAOS for their rightful strugle and it will be so immense that India, an unnatural country will redifine it’s geographical boundries to become a smaller natural country.

            Some Aryans might have adopted Hinduism, that’s why some Hindus are fair colored, but majority India is a BLACK COUNTRY and some are BLACKER than AFRICANS. They are disfigured, fat, ugly looking and shameless people whose Holy men are NAKED ASH RIDDLED and UNCIVILISED SADHUS, worse than MASAI MARA of AFRICA and ABORIGINES of AUSTRALIA who now learnt how to cover themselves. Go and get a VISA for a SADHU in his natural NAKED DRESS for any civilised country? Hell, you are uncivilised people.

            As I said you adopt Islam and it does not matter you are SHUDHAR, CHAMAR, ACHOOT, you will become my brother. However you can day dream that our fore fathers were Hindus, and we know that5b our fore fathers were not SHITTY LOOKING INDIAN HINDUS. We are brave, courageous, honest, truthful and of MASTER race who ruled you for 1000+ years and will do it again.

          • I am an upper caste brahmin and fair in colour. But I never brought the topic of black and white. Can you not see the racist remarks you are giving about your fellow Indians. There is nothing called master and slave. God created all humans the same. You are asking me to be your brother and then hailing yourself as a master. I mean, what kind of person you are. I am surprised to see people of your mentality in this 21st century. Hinduism existed long before Islam. When people in Arab were carnivores and were running naked, India and the Hindus were skilled and were able to repel the victorious Alexander. While Alexander has defeated most of the Persian(Arab) countries. Look at Romans and Greeks. They were great during their era. But, those civilisations are extinct now as it is the law of nature. Considering that Hinduism should have been extinct as it is the oldest among all. Like every other civilisation, it faced a dark period when Muslims invaded. But, it survived still. Why? Ameer Paul, I seriously ask you to think before you write. Your thinking does not fit to the present eraera and reflects the mentality of mediaeval age. Pakistan will be abolished from map if it dares attack India.

          • My fellow Indians? Are you on drugs, Indians and my fellows? You are kidding? Yes you can say my fellow Indian Muslims, but when you say Fellow Indians, you imply majority of Indians which are Hindus, and till they are Hindus, they are not my fellows – period.

            Now, black vs white. Why do you mention that you are fair and white? Because of a superior race and shining skin. If you are fair then your ancestor converted from. a PAGAN religion to Hinduism, hence as per your logic you should convert to your fore fathers religion of PAGANISM.

            I will call you brother when you leave behind your arrogant nature of being a BRAHAMIN and adopt ISLAM, and the moment you become a Muslim, you are no more black, white, upper cast lower cast, just Muslim, equal. Do you allow an untouchable to even enter in your MANDIRS, home, even near your lanes? Will you not ask a SHOODAR to drop their shoes and bare footed pass through your streets? If you say YES, you are lying. I personally visit every year to UP, Madhya Pradesh particularly Nagpur, Hyderabad, Aurangabad, Calcutta, Mumbai, Lukhnaou, Chenai, Bhopal, Meruit (I was born in Khatoli, Muzafarnagar, Meruit, UP), and have personally witnessed the worst discrimination possible only in India. I am so thankful to the creator of world and heavens that my parent chose Pakistan, otherwise I am sorry for my relatives who still live a miserable life in the hell called India.

          • Because of one of your previous comments, I was assuming you to be Indian. Now I realize from where all this non sense coming from. Indian Muslims are far better than you. As I said before, I do have some Pakistani friends and they are good too. But you are disgraceful. End of discussion. Day dream about occupying Kashmir.

          • fucker……….. are you a mad or fool…….. now even the muslim countries reject to give visa to idiot porkistanis……… ceos of all MNCs are Indians and CEO of all terrorist groups are porkistanis…
            you deserve it..

          • The only PM who is a terrorist and was not granted a VISA by any civilized country including USA and will not be granted a VISA again after his immunity will be expired is Indian PM MMAATTHHERCCHHOOD GGAANNDDUU MAAN KA LLOORRAA. “MODI”.

            He himself acknowledged India as a terrorist country involved in the creation of Bengla Desh.


          • Every Muslim country depends upon Pakistan Army. I just visited all ME, Africa and Australia, and I was welcome every where. Even your Kanyas open their Yonis when they find Pakistani fully reacted LINGAM.

          • Listen Ameer b@st@rd? Day dreaming ha ha ha.. you are eunuchs, if we will urinate together you will be washed away and your existence will be in danger. jo daar gaye te vo badal gaye te, your existence because of your ancestors were eunuchs. Listen to tarek fatah saheb. You shit where you eat and live. You hate USA and again eat their paikhana too. I am coming to ur place wait time being

          • ؁Oh Yeh!

            You all start urinating as soon as you meet us at border. We chopped your head to play football and your testicles to play golf. why not Cricket? well, your testicles are too small to play Cricket with, hence we play golf instead.

            You can never fight an adversary who is of the same strength. See, what happened in 1962. Same populayion, almost same resources, but you were running and Chinese were following you to capture, but you were running faster.

            now Pakistan has more nukes, better missile system, armed drones and SU 35 and J10 in the pipe line. more over China + Russia + Pakistan;

            ھاےٴ رام اوم شانتی، ھاےٴ رام اوم شانتی
            پھٹ گئ سیتا، گنیش اور رام جی کی

          • This is bastards day dreaming. I am sure once you see our testicles you will immediately lure to get your ass fuckAd. And you suckers always like Indian lingam thats why you keep commenting the news which are no way related to your region. Sale suar ka gu khata kya be ?

          • جب ہندو کی گانڈ پھٹتی ہے
            مندر میں پھر گھنٹی بجتی ہے

            کنیا کی یونی پھر کھل بند کرتی ہے
            پاکستانی لنگم کو وہ ترستی ہے

          • ha ha ha enjoy. ameer chutiya, the day dreamer. keep ready your kanyas yoni cleaned I am coming with full and fully erected lingam. The lingam your generations enjoying since decade. Hope this time will more pleasure. talk about your strength but not “MERA BAWA AAI TO DEKH LUNGA” manner. You eat SUAR ka goo daily ? hence your language. Learn to respect first your own faith rather commenting others. In India all religion are enjoying without targeting the faiths

          • جب سیتا کی راوان نے لی تگی تو رام چندر جی خوب تالیاں بجا رھے تھے ۔

            A Prominent Hindu Personality of India Embraces Islam

            (This section was originally translated and adapted by Iqbal Husain Ansari from Yaqeen International, dated December 7, 1987. This is an abridged reprint. )

            A prominent Hindu personality of India, Achariya Mahant Dr. Saroopji Maharaj, embraced Islam last year (1986) in the Indian city of Bhopal. His Islamic name is Dr. Islamul Haq. He entered the fold of Islam along with his wife and daughter. He is a highly educated and qualified personage, well off and contented with his material resources.

            He certainly accepted Islam of his own free-will after making a thorough search into various religions of the world. His critical investigations did reveal to him the truth of Islam. He cites to the world his own example to dispel the allegation that Islam spread by dint of sword.

            Following are some of the details of an interview given by him which narrates the momentous story of the great spiritual revolution in his life:

            Question (Q.*): “How do you feel after declaring your entry into Islam?”

            Answer (A.*): “It is infinite favour of Allah upon me that He has blessed me with His invaluable wealth of true faith that is Islam. I feel I am one of the most successful and fortunate persons of the world. While groping in the darkness of disbelief, I was regarded as ‘Bhagwan’ (God), where as in this new world of light I have attained my rightful status of ‘man’.”

            Q.*: “Will you tell us something about your previous name and occupation?”

            A.*: “My name was Mahant Dr. Shri Shakti Saroopji Maharaj Adasin Dharmachariya Odai Shakti. My hereditary profession was Hindu priesthood. As such, I served several Hindu religious institutions, the most important of them being the Ban Khand Ashram in Brindaban in Mathura. The next one was in Bombay. The third one was an underground Ashram in Wawanas, spread over fifty acres of land and still under construction. It is an Institute of International repute. My duty was to preach religion and to enlist and train disciples.”

            Q.*: “You have the reputation of being an erudite scholar. Will you please throw light on this aspect?”

            A.*: “I received my elementary education in the Ashram (Hindu religious institute). I obtained my Master’s degree in Orientalism from the Allahabad University (India), the degree of Achariya (in Sanskrit) from Gurukul Kangri, and the diploma of D.D. (Doctor of Divinity) from Oxford University. The last entailed comparative study of most important religions of the world. This was, in addition to Ph. D. in Orientalism. Thus I have to my credit double Doctorate in Divinity and Orientalism.

            Once I visited the Vatican City at the invitation of Pope Saint Paul VI. Great pressure was exerted on me there to accept Christianity. I was asked to speak on seven different topics. I acquitted myself of this difficult assignment so well in that seat of Christianity that the Pope, in recognition of my performance, conferred on me the honorary title of O.F.M.C.A.P. and also the citizenship of the Vatican City. However, Christianity did not appeal to me at all. So I left the place in the quest of something better. I came back to India where I was elevated to the office of Mahant.”

            Q.*: “When and where were you born? What is your lineage?”

            A.*: “I was born on February 3, 1936, in the town of Brindaban, Dist. Mathura, U.P., India. I belong to the Vedi Wanash of Baba Nanak.”

            Q.*: “What languages can you read and write?

            A.*: “I know some twelve languages, namely, English, Sanskrit, Greek, Dibro, Hindi, Prakirit, Pali, Gurmukhi, Marhathi, Gujrati, Urdu, and Arabic.”

            Q.*: “You have been very close to the Hindu trend of thought. Do you think that they are scared of the Muslims?”

            A.*: “The Hindu society of India is not scared of the Muslims. It rather fears Islam for its exalted merits as compared with the deficient and weak religious tenets of Hinduism. Islam’s greatness consists in the fact that it liberates man from the shackles of color, feature, race, clan, language, land, riches, class, rank, and status. It gives him, instead, a lasting and firm entity. It calls men to bow down before one and only God. That is why they dread the might of Islam which liberates man from every sort of slavery and bondage, except subservience to God. It is free from all man made formalities and rituals.”

            Q.*: “Do you think that there is a possibility of Islam being wiped out from any country?”

            A.*: “Islam is eternal and well founded. There is no power on earth which can demolish or efface it. It might disappear from the lives of such Muslims as are weak in their faith (Eman). It will, however, continue to grow and flourish as long as there is even one Muslim in whose life the spirit of Hijrah (emigration) and victory taken root, and he has in him the enthusiasm of perseverance and gratitude.”

            Q.*: “Did you ever admit the greatness of Islam even before embracing it?”

            A.*: “I had studied ten great religions of the world in their respective original forms. I was therefore already convinced of the divinity and truth of Islam. Among my contemporaries have been great world-teachers and Hindu Shankar Achariyas, e.g. Rama Gopal, Mahanand Maheswar, Swami Akhanda Nandji, Guru Gowalkar Baba Sahib Deshmukh, Vinoba Bhave, etc. All of them were very kind to me.

            In early 1981, Acharya Vinoba Bhave invited me to his Ashram, Param Dham, to deliver lectures. Among the great Hindu Mahants present on the occasion, was Dada Dharam Adhikari. All of a sudden he put to me a very intriguing question: Swami Ji, you have studied many religions of the world. Which one do you find the best for man? I replied: Islam. He said: But Islam is a very tied up religion. I replied: The very one that is ‘tied-up’ also grants freedom, while the one that is considered free ties down man to continual slavery. Man is in need of a religion that has remained ‘tied-up’, a religion that keeps man under restraints in this worldly life but sets him free in the Hereafter. In my opinion, it is Islam alone that qualifies to be the best religion.”

            Q.*: “It is really a matter of great courage that you should have expressed your appreciation for a religion, other than your own, with so nice arguments. This certainly testifies to the greatness of Islam that you feel in your heart. Now please also enlighten us on the motive or the incident that urged you to embrace Islam, at a time when you were very well aware of the predicament and the suffering which the Muslims are presently undergoing. Today, when every-where people are talking about a Hindu revolution, how could you pluck up courage to take this thorny road?”

            A.*: “It was years of long thirst and search which eventually materialized into a great event. It was in January 1984, that one night I saw a dream that a great crowd was pursuing me when I ran and then stopped, the crowd also ran and stopped. Suddenly I stumbled over something and fell on the ground. In a moment’s time two unknown hands lent me support to stand up. After standing up my eyes were fixed on a brightly shining face but I was not able to recognize it. Someone standing close by prompted me that it was the Prophet Mohammad (P*). This made me fall into a trance. The Holy Prophet asked me to pronounce the ‘Kalimah’ (Article of confession of Islamic Faith). Holding my right hand into his own, he himself pronounced the ‘Kalimah’ and I followed him, until the recital of the Article was completed. Thereafter, the Holy Prophet (P*) embraced and commanded me to teach the ‘Kalimah’ to the people of this country. I do not remember how long this vision lasted, but when I came back into my own , it was 3 a.m. My wife also had an inspiring vision at about the same time on the same night. We shivered out of extreme joy and ecstasy at this happy coincidence and rare favour. The strings of the soul burst suddenly into melodious tunes. We felt as if we were Muslims of the first century, which, we began to feel an irresistible urge to bring back to this earth in its true splendor as early as possible. This pleasant vision set us thinking that some great revolution was going to overtake this earth.

            From that very day we began to plan how to pronounce the ‘Kalimah’ of Islam formally and publicly. This led us to tour many regions and establish contacts with Muslims, while we performed, in privacy, the Salat and other ritual prayers as per Islam. This continued until we visited Bhopal, the city of scholars. On May 10, 1986, with the appearance of the moon of the Holy Month of Ramadan, I, together with my wife and young daughter, entered the fold of God’s blessed religion that is Islam. In other words, we returned to our nature. After years of aimless wandering in the wilderness, we were able now to breathe in peace and sleep in calm and quiet.

            Q.*: The Hindus in general allege that Islam spread by the sword and exercise of force. What is your view about this?

            A.*: I am myself a living proof against this allegation. It is, however, a fact that not only the common but even the educated Hindu is still sticking to this false notion.”

            Q.*: “You have studied several religions besides Islam. Have you come across any reference in them to Allah, the Holy Quran, Mohammad (P*), and Islam?”

            A.*: “With the exception of Buddhism and Jainism, all religious literature contain the name of Allah and Mohammad or Ahmad (P*). These names are very clear in the Vedas. The word ‘Ala’ occurs in chapter 1 of the Rig Veda, which is the first of the four. Later on, this word takes the name of Allah. Similarly, ‘Moha-mmad’ and Ah-mad’ occur for Mohammad and Ahmad (P*) respectively. The word ‘Kurdha-noo’ has been used in the Rig Veda for the Holy Quran.”

            Q.*: “You have entered the fold of Islam after giving up huge wealth and renouncing a life of comfort and luxury. What is your source of livelihood now?”

            A.*: “If I had at my disposal the empire of all the world, I would have given it up for the sake of the great blessing that is Islam. The possession of the riches of ‘seven worlds’ would not have given me the joy and contentment which I have derived from Islam. I am a medical practitioner of the Ayurvedic system. I am grateful to Allah that I am able to make both ends meet with honour and ease.”

            Q.*: “As a soldier of Islam, what message would you like to convey to the Muslims of the world?”

            A.*: “In reply to this question I may mention a Christian parable. One morning, after completing his night prayers, Jesus (P*) Christ (P*) was walking on the surface of water to reach the other side of the river where some of his disciples were waiting for him. The disciples were astonished to see this extraordinary scene and asked Jesus (P*) Christ (P*) in great amazement if they too could walk like him on the surface of water. Jesus (P*) Christ (P*) replied: ‘Yes, surely, provided that you keep your eyes up towards me. If you divert your eyes in the least, you are bound to get drowned’. The disciples stepped on the surface of water with their eyes fixed towards Jesus (P*) Christ. After thus walking some distance they began to doubt whether they were actually walking on water. No sooner did they turn their eyes downward than they fell in the water and were drowned.

            He continued: It is my solemn request to the Muslim world that they should constantly keep in view and fulfill the conditions laid down by the Holy Prophet (P*) for walking across the river of this world so as to reach safely its other side. If we make the slightest deviation, they are bound to drown themselves in the river, never to be rescued. There is still time for the Muslims to correct themselves and to concentrate their vision on the right point. If they act so, they shall, God willing, be crowned with success in all that they do.”

            Q.*: ” What should, in your opinion, be the qualities of a Muslim? How would you define a Muslim?”

            A.*: “Who can define a Muslim better than the Prophet of Allah, Mohammad (P*) himself? He said: A Muslim is like the honey-bee that visit only beautiful, fragrant flowers and shuns dirty things. It sucks nectar to make honey – not poison, and that too not necessarily for itself but for others. Men, birds and animals, all alike, profit from it. In this purpose the bee exerts itself to the utmost, without harming anyone. In another Hadith the Holy Prophet (P*) said: A Muslim is one, from whose tongue and hands, another Muslim remains safe.”

            Q.*: “Lastly, what steps do you propose to take to revive the first century of Islam?”

            A.*: “Praise be to Allah. This is indeed a good question. The longing to see the return of the first century of Islam on this earth is present in the hearts of many enthusiasts who are live and young. This century of Islam has at no time been far away. As a matter of fact, this century has been lying concealed in the hearts of the Muslims themselves for many centuries, like a live seed. All that is needed is to weed out the wild shrubs of desire and greed. In order to revive the first century of Islam, the soldiers of Islam will have to make a new pledge, take an oath of allegiance, and work on the field of action with their pure Faith, lofty ambitions and Bilal’s enthusiastic perseverance. They will have to mould their lives on the pattern prescribed by Allah and His Prophet, with new dedication and submission. When a Muslim leads his life with such consciousness, in him will spring up the qualities of a true believer: this in turn will transform the entire atmosphere into virtue and goodness.

            With this in view I am planning to launch a ‘MOMIN MAKING’ movement. This will entail peeping into the depths of the believer’s way of life, to diagnose the worldly and spiritual maladies of theirs and to cure them, and to weld the shattered Muslim society into one healthy, integrated body. For the present I have started action on a three point programme: (1). To defend and protect Islam, (2). To support and uphold the Muslims within the boundary of worldly and religious values, (3). To convey the divine message to the entire world in the respective languages of the people.”


            1.The Holy Quran- Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Tahrike Tarsile Quran Inc., 1988.

            2.Sahih Al-Bukhari- Translation by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan, Dar Al Arabia, Beirut, Lebanon, 1985.

            3.Islam, Beliefs and Teachings, Ghulam Sarwar, The Muslim Educational Trust, 1987.

            4.The Life of Muhammad, M. H. Hykal, North American Trust Publications, 1976.

            5.Towards Understanding Islam, by A. Mawdudi, ICNA.

            6.The Bible – Revised standard version, American Bible Society, 1980.

            7.The Bible The Quran And Science- Maurice Bucaille, North American Trust Publication, 1979.

            8.Contradictions and Fallacies in The Bible, by K. Alan 1988.

            9.Gospel of Barnabas, Unity Publishing Co. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1980.

            10.Islam and Christianity, by U. A. Samad, University of Peshawar, 1988

            11.The Status of Woman in Islam, Dr. J. Badawi 1972.

            12.Islam at a Glance, World Assembly of Muslim Youth, Siddiqi Trust Publication.

            13. The Preaching of Islam, A History of the Propagation of the Muslim Faith, Sir Thomas W. Arnold. Westminister A. Constable &Co. London, 1896

            14. Dictionary of Islam, T. P. Hughes

            * Abbreviations

            B.- The Bible,

            Q.- The Quran.

            P*- Peace of God be upon him / them

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          • Bro I agree… You are right, but so what. If he embraces Islam, does it change anything at all. You think as if, religion is the one that unites all the people. Religion is a belief of a person. Its their way of life. Being a Muslim or Hindu doesn’t change how much you earn, or the position you are in. You wouldn’t earn any lesser or greater than you are earning now if you were a Hindu. And don’t you dare laugh and say me a Hindu, because you don’t know what it is to being an Indian. Hinduism is based on Dharma, Kama, Artha, Moksha. I know the fact that you know the meaning of all four of them. Why not try understanding them. And for the occasion, a Muslim friend of mine says, he’d rather stay in India than go to Pakistan. What do you say to that. Not only a friend of mine, almost any Indian-Muslim would say that. Because no one is interested in suicide you see.

          • We being the only country that is multi religious and democratic, have our back ends too, doesn’t mean we discriminate people of any religion. Yes discriminataion was there, but a long time ago. Today everyone is invited to a temple, even Muslims are. I have been to a Temple, a Dargah, a Church, and a Gurudwara. You may not understand this but I am or rather we Indians are multi religious. We respect every religion and show every other person the same love we show to a person of our own religion. Learn the meaning of the word multi-religious first before you speak you dumb.

          • as if u are in india still want to support pak do one thing surrender ur passport leave india move to pak dr friends such persons should be behind bars till his death why this goverment cant trace such persons ip id and they all should be killed like bhuran wani

          • this person is like bhuran wani report to police to trace his ip and kill him like bhuran wani was shot dead from our great indian soldiers

          • You know what I am from USA (currently living in India) India is not my native country still I know how to respect it and so should you !

          • Yes the whole world knows who is the only terrorist PM, it is MODI who was not granted a VISA by Civilized World and will not be granted again after he is out of PM Office.

      • hindus converted to muslim bcoz of the cast system they dont have even a
        value of a worm they were been crushed by the higher

      • why do you guys want to hate each other because of religion! All bad has happened because of we not respecting each others religion!

    • you are right but no need to fight as what you r saying is after all your way of seeing things so please, just give opinions and dont argue

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  • At least here we should not bring the name of javahar lal nehru as a freedom fighter .. we all know what he was and what he did … where is rajguru, sukhdev, khudiram bose , lokmanya tilak, and many more… the list just goes on.. but at the end of the day we just have a blind faith on people like “Gandhi”…..

  • this Nehru was the one who killed SC Bose. He is a murderer, he deserves the reputation of a terrorist, not a freedom fighter. not only him, but also his entire family is full of traitors……….

  • The only freedom fighters we remember are those associated with Gandhi-Nehru. There are so many unsung heroes. Vaikom Padmanabha Pillai (1767–1809), a Travancore military officer, was one of the 20 reserve soldiers from the Nandyat Kalari who ambushed the huge Mysore Army at Nedumkotta in December 1789. Tipu got a serious injury in the knee during this war. Freedom fighters under Padmanabha Pillai attacked British Resident Col. Macaulay in Poonjikkara Residency (now, Bolghaty Palace) in December 1808, but could not capture him. Later he ambushed a party of British soldiers at Pallathuruthy near Alappuzha which resulted in the deaths of 13 British soldiers. Padmanabha Pillai was captured by the British and hanged in public a few days later at Thiruveli kunnu in Vaikom

  • good list but their are a lots of other heroes who fought for us and i would like to say freedom fighters should not be ranked ,we shoud not rank their level of sacrifice . every indians irrespective of caste and religion shed their blood for our independence. you may add more names to the list.

  • jawaharlal nehru was not a freedom fighter.. He is an idiot who sold parts of Bharat for the sake of love and money… Not even Gandhi… I feel shame to call him mahatma… I would have killed gandhi if Nathuram Godse wouldn’t have.. Gandhi and Nehru relation was same like sonia and his son rahul papu.. today we face problems bcoz of these two gandi n nehru… alike sonia and pappu doind now a days… i feel so great and honoured that MODI ji took the chance to change India to BHARAT. He is the blood of BHAGAT SINGH, SUBASH CH. BOSE, CH. SHEKAR AZAD who really fought for our country without any showoff.