Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs, took to Twitter on Friday morning to pay tribute to freedom fighter Khudiram Bose on his birth anniversary.
He tweeted a photograph of Khudiram Bose and wrote, “Tributes to one of the youngest freedom fighters of Indian fight for independence Shri Khudiram Bose Ji on his birth anniversary. He made the supreme sacrifice for the nation at a young age of 18.”
WHO WAS KHUDIRAM BOSE?
Born in 1889, Khudiram Bose was a revolutionary from present-day West Bengal. Having actively participated in protests against the British rule in India since his adolescent years, he rose to prominence in 1908 when he attempted to assassinate British judge Douglas Kingsford. The judge was known for his severe clampdown on revolutionaries.
Along with another revolutionary Prafulla Chaki, Khudiram Bose threw bombs on a carriage that they suspected the British judge was in. However, Douglas Kingsford was not in the targeted carriage and two British women died instead.
While Prafulla Chaki died by suicide shortly after the incident, Khudiram Bose was arrested and ultimately sentenced to death at the age of 18.
During the trial, Khudiram Bose’s lawyer Narendra Kumar had argued that he was too young to be able to make bombs. After he was sentenced to death, when the British judge asked him if he understood the meaning of his sentence, he is known to have calmly replied, “Yes, I do. And my lawyer said that I was too young to make bombs, but if you allow me some time before I’m taken away from here, I can teach you the skills of making bombs too.”
Khudiram Bose was executed on August 11 in 1908, prompting largescale protests by students in Calcutta.
TRIBUTES POUR IN
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Minister For Culture, Tourism And Development Of North Eastern Region G Kishan Reddy also posted tributes to Khudiram Bose on the occasion of his birth anniversary.
The Odisha Congress and Union Ministry of Culture also tweeted to pay their respects.