From the Desk of President

When in 1937-38 the independence movement was at its peak across the country there was hardly any mass revolt in the Indian states of Punjab. So it needed someone like Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru to awaken the people of these states, who presided over the meeting and addressed the gathering in Ludhiana. Shri Banarasi Das Gupta as an Arya Samaj activist and his focus on the national activities, influenced him to decide to attend this meeting along with his fellow students, who had the similar ideologies. There, the motivational speech of Pundit Nehru and the very set up of forming a people’s unit to revolt against the British Government influenced Shri Gupta. After this meeting revolt unit (Sangharsh Samitis) were formed in every states of Punjab. Shri Gupta instantly decided to leave his studies and joined the freedom struggle. He formed units in Jind with the help of his fellow friends like Hansraj Rehbar, Devi Dayal Sharma, Rajendra Jain, Mahashay Mancharam and Chadhury Mehtab Singh. In Patiala, along with many dedicated people like Gyani Jail Singh, Satram Okil, Deth Ramnath formed revolt units, which awaken the common people and gave that spark to the independence movement. But it was not easy to run the revolt and it was very painstaking. The revolutionist soon became the victim of state government and was sentenced for imprisonment. Where they were overlooked as freedom fighters and merely treated as criminals. They were strapped with the heavy chains and were forced to do the hardcore work of the prisoners. Shri Gupta Jailed on several occasions during freedom struggle. On 28th feb, 1941 Shri Banarasi Das Gupta got married to Shrimati Dropadi Gupta, a daughter of reputed Bhoudhuka family from Tigrana village of Bhiwani district. It’s on this auspicious day Shri Gupta reinforced his commitment as a freedom fighter when he addressed the meeting at Tigrana on his wedding day and motivated the people with independence slogans. In 1941 he was jailed again, had to bear the hardship punishments for it and eye sentenced for many years. After the 1942 Quit India movement the scenario of India changed. Most of the leaders came out of jail in 1945, the Aajad Hind Army was formed and revolt stated within British army. And the scenario of Jind was no exception to it. Maharaja Jind formed the legislative assembly with 65 members, out of whom Shri Gupta was one of the unopposed members. In 1947, after India’s independence, Shri Gupta along with his friends had to lead the struggle to form Jind as state of India. He formed a parallel government in Jind and captivated the all the workers of the state in the fort. The revolt unit leaders ruled the state for 15 days until the home minister of independent India Sardar Patel signed an agreement to merge Jind with Punjab.

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