Children’s Day

Posted: November 14, 2011 in India, Inquilab, My Thoughts.
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In india the 14th of November is being celebrated as the children’s day , A lot of you have already read my views on the day , and how I feel that it needs to be changed to another day rather than it being associated with the Birthday of a politician Nehru. 

But lets not talk of all that on this day .. After all its children’s day so Happy children’s day to All the kids , you have fun all of you ..

Over the blogosphere I have met so many bloggers who have beautiful kids , I know a few Buzz , Chirpy , Bably , R., the Twins  and many more so to all of them have a great day..  DO your parents proud..

Now coming to the point On this day let me tell you about a fact that not many know of and its sad that our history writers have not done anything to bring it to the limelight as they are all too far into the likes of Gandhi and Nehru’s .. to these writers others don’t exist ..  This fact also brings out the intelligence of one of the well-known martyrs of indian independence Shaheed Sardar Bhagat singh and his comrades ..

During the early organizational work being done by the martyrs was the efforts made to politicize School students, The Naujawan Bharat Sabha also formed a BAL BHARAT SABHA..  and BAL STUDENT UNION which were an organization of school children of the age 12 to 16 years old , and it had a high number of members who actually worked hard for the independence of India.

Baldev Raj the grandson of Lala Lajpat rai was secretary of the Bal Student Union.. and Kahan Chand was the president of the Amritsar chapter of Bal Bharat Sabha.

Kahan chand was a mere 11 years old when he was sentenced by the british to three months of rigorous imprisonment..

Yash another young activist was also found guilty of assisting the Lahore city unit congress and Naujwan Bharat sabha, he was only 10 at that time.. He later grew up to be editor of the Urdu daily MILAP.

Jagdish Chander  During his school days was caned by Headmaster for wearing a Gandhi  Cap. He joined Bal Bharat Sabha and later on joined naujawan  Bharat Sabha  and was known as “SHASRTI JI” among his colleagues. Participated in Bhagtanwala Bank Robbery and Kanari Bazar Dacoity case along with Jahngiri Lal, Dharam Paul,  Lajpat Rai and others. Spent almost 5-1/2 years in Jails namely Delhi, Ferozepur, Gujrat, Multan and Hoshiarpur. Was appointed as Confidential Enquiry Officer, by Punjab Congress Committee to go into atrocities committed by police in West Punjab from 1942 to 1945 and was advisor of Congress on students affairs and had been Secretary of Socialist party in 1942.

As many as a total of 1192 juveniles under the age of 15 were convicted for some reason or the other in regards to there political activities, Most of these activists belonged to bengal.

Not much has been written about these dare devils who at such a young age went on to fight for their nation. If anyone knows about other kids please do let me know too.

So today on children’s day lets not forget these forgotten children who went through all these troubles for the nation which has forgotten them.

Have a great day to all the kids out there , Enjoy your day and have fun.

Wishing You All A Very Happy Children's Day

Pic. courtsey :- http://www.desicomments.com.

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Comments
  1. I think it was wrong for freedom fighters to influence kids to join their struggle. Anyone joining after 18 years is fine, but when kids are young, they are often influenced easily and sometimes even against their wishes.

    I too join Bikram in wishing all the children and the children inside adults, a very Happy children’s day!

    Destination Infinity

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    • Bikram says:

      It was that time D.I. the need of the hour when everyone was needed to stand together .. moreover most of the kids were born with that blood.. the likes of bhagat singh who want to sow rifles…
      the likes of kartar singh sarabha who was hanged at the age of 19 only .. and the little ones who were imrpisioned ..

      It was the love for the nation..

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      • sheokhanda says:

        yes you are very right…… I wonder why Bhagat singh’s birthday is not celebrated as youth day or more important a national holiday…..

        After all his death ignited the youth to join in the fight for freedom for our nation.

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        • Bikram says:

          Bhagat singh only got the recognition because of the mass number with him, if it was left to the gandhi or nehru they would have made sure he was forgotten.. otherwise why is it that his picture took so long to be put up in the parliament or used on other places …

          Indeed his death ignited the passion as he wanted but alas our hisotrians have been biased

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  2. sneha says:

    a happy childrens day to all

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  3. Sunny says:

    Brilliant post, Bikram! Absolutely fantastic! As for the historians, they can’t see beyond Gandhi and Nehru for the most part. The people who actually risked their life everyday for the struggle for freedom like Bhagat Singh and Chandra Shekhar Azad were known only to a limited set of the population while every visit of Gandhi to a luxury imprisonment by the British was glorified and sensationalised. I don’t blame the British Government for making Gandhi the face of India’s fight for freedom, they knew he was the least dangerous person for them. But how can we ourselves do it when we know the facts now?

    I like the message in your picture very much. We do tend to look down on our upcoming generation and not give them enough credit.

    I can’t pass the temptation to reply to the comment above. To Mr. Infinity I’d say that age and intelligence are not as directly linked as you’d like to think. Think about it.

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    • Pooja Desai says:

      Completely have to agree with you Sunny, Gandhiji has been so glamoursly glorified that in some decades he’l be declared God. As it is Annaji has started the movement by goin to seek his blessings before starting his own agitation rather that goin to any other God. I understand his motives were to play on our patriotic emotions n to show a secular image but still its a start.

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      • Sunny says:

        I didn’t know that about Anna’s tribute to Gandhi but with all due respect to Anna Hazare he’s also a politician, isn’t he? And I am afraid to say that I agree with you Gandhi may be declared God in time to come and the real heroes of the Indian Independence shall remain nameless as ever.

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      • Bikram says:

        @Pooja :- well we all know bits of history now , Yet people dont seem to understand. and yes you are right he will be God soon ..

        and with all due respect to Anna ji and his movement I do feel end of the day its all politcis and they are all politcians. We have seen jsut recently what happened with baba Ramdev all that came out and the same is happening this side too. the questions being asked ..

        dont know who to beleive any more .. with the current thing that BJP is behind all this I am lost for words

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    • Bikram says:

      @Sunny:- Thank you for saying that , yes historians especially in our country are traitors i will say, as they are not telling the truth.

      You are very right in that british had no problems with Gandhi he actually never did anything and look what happened after independance .. these guys were politcians .. When the martyrs asked for FULL INDEPENDANCE.. the congress was quick to STEAL that idea too and declare it where As Gandhi never wanted it he was ok with HALF independance ..

      Yes we dont , we have put too much pressure on the child and hoard them towards DOCtors-engineers etc etc

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  4. Anita Menon says:

    In myopinion, children should have been kept out of this struggle for Independence. By involving them the freedom fighters robbed them on their innocence. But I realize it was a different time and the attitude was different. Children no older than 10 or 12 assisted their parents and earned their living.

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    • Bikram says:

      I can understand what you are saying but then Those days were different and children at small ages wanted t odo something for there country , Kids like KArta singh Sarabha were hanged at the age of 19..
      and Kids like bhagat singh wanted to sow Rifles in the field to throw away the british as young as 4 years of age …

      SO those times were different .. But what needs admiration is the junoon to do something for the country was there .. we dont find that nowadays forget about kids we dont see them in adults tooo

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      • Swaram says:

        Also. even today it is not that all kids r njoying their childhood rt 😦 So much of labour n all that!
        Then, they atleast knew what they were dng and did it bcoz they wanted to!

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        • Bikram says:

          EXACTLY swaram.. all these days are celebrated but the Day it is celbrated for ARE far away from all this… children who live in poverty , in villages and other remote areas they dont even know about the day .. so what use is the DAY.. its for them it shud be celbrated but like everything else in our country its only what shines that people see 🙂

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  5. Pooja Desai says:

    Bikramji this really is an eye opener. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  6. Pooja Desai says:

    Bikramji this really is an eye opener. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Makes me awe at the fact that at such a tender age also they had so much vision n such a stimulating drive.

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  7. Chintan Gupta says:

    Quite an insightful post Mann ji. tweeted it 🙂

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  8. suruchi says:

    it is amazing how you go beyond the surface…loved the quote!
    Kids now are not kids even as those of ten years ago..within a decade much has changed in the face of our country…

    anyways, Happy Children’s Day Biky and let’s celebrate you and me:-)

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  9. Yuvika says:

    that’s a wonderful insight thank u!

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  10. Tanishka says:

    A very different perspective on Children’s day Bikram and a very nice and insightful post….

    Happy Children’s Day… 🙂

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  11. Androgoth says:

    I like your in depth approach to posting Bikram,
    and you have offered us a fangtastic read here
    with this one, indeed I have learnt quite a bit in
    just this one post, and so I thank you for offering
    an exceedingly fine read 🙂

    Have a wonderful Tuesday my friend 🙂

    Androgoth

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  12. Very insightful ! What are you doing abroad Bikram , come to India ,country needs more people like you 🙂

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  13. Deboshree says:

    This is a unique way of putting things in perspective. Insightful.

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  14. I dont think India should ever celebrate children’s day until all its children are free from strife and poverty!

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  15. Seema says:

    This is such an eye opener and thank you for sharing all these unknown facts! As children, all we did was mug up those history text books which predominantly narrated tales of Gandhi and Nehru. I never made attempts to read more about history ‘outside syllabus’. Appreciate your efforts in digging deep into history and sharing these lesser known happenings with us.

    I simply loved the banner. You have a unique way of ‘hitting the nail on the head’. Keep it up.

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    • Bikram says:

      Thank you so much. That all the books had gandhi and nehru.. our historians have done a blunder .. they have been mean and biased .. resulting in we missing out on so much history. Not much is in history books too , I was ready the Jail writing of Bhagat singh when i got to know myself of all this …

      Thank you.

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  16. hey Bikram,

    very good article…

    tell me something, how do you manage to get all this information…must have studied this subject a lot…on net

    loved this post…

    regards
    rahul

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    • Bikram says:

      Well I like to read books , I was recently reading Bhagat singhs Jail writings , Sadly we have lost all his writing as he had given to someone who furthur gave to another person and thinking he might be arrested by british he desptroyed them.. so we only have writings here and there .. thats all

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  17. R's Mom says:

    Thanks for this lesson in history..I must admit *with shame* that I wasnt aware of this…thanks a ton

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  18. Ria says:

    Quite a pertinent post. Happy Children’s Day! 🙂

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  19. i4deeps says:

    at least you did remember the day 🙂

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  20. Shilpa Garg says:

    A wonderful insightful post!! Happy children’s day! (Belated!) 🙂

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  21. Aneesa says:

    A beautiful post…

    Yes, it’s true that in this day and age we would never let children get involved in such things but those were different times… and people were very passionate then, not as much now.

    I join you in this Happy Children’s day, the quote is such a true thing… we forget they are someone today…

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  22. Neha says:

    This is an eye opener…I was not aware of all these facts….Thnx for sharing….And BTW which city are you talking about? I am a nomad….Keep on travelling….

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  23. sm says:

    happy childrens day

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  24. Pepper says:

    Belated Happy Childrens day. This was informative.

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  25. this post was a revelation! our history books are so lopsided!
    thanks for sharing this with us
    at least we know bits of it now

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  26. Androgoth says:

    I am just calling by to wish you a fine Friday my friend,
    I am sure that you will be enjoying a wonderful day and
    as the weekend beckons, I hope that your time is indeed
    spent with many happy moments Bikram 🙂

    Androgoth

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  27. Swaram says:

    Kudos to them!
    Wonderful post Bik

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  28. kudos Bikram ! good one ! what about Chandrasekhar Azad ? was he also a child activist ? my history is a bit week . astually limited to the amar chitra katha comics 😀 good article. Ruby will find this interesting .

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    • Bikram says:

      Well as i said our hisotrians have been biased, there is not that much writtne about the great fighter but yeah he was as young as 13-14 when he joined the Non co-operation movement which was later taken back by gandhi for his own selfish reasons… Azad was only 25 when he died .. .

      Thank you.

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  29. renu says:

    Happy children’s Day to all!!!

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  30. Punam J R says:

    Surprising facts they are, Bikram.. and yeah, a lot of brave people went unacknowledged those days for all their contributions.
    Too late to wish Happy childrens day… but nevertheless.

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    • Bikram says:

      Well if you belonged to congress your name would have been mentioned left-right and centre especially if you were close ot gandhi. Pity the people who gave their life for the love of the country did not get the recognition , same as we dont hear anything about freedom fighters from south india

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  31. Jyothi says:

    Loved the purple banner! Its really true, we always forget!

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  32. Rachna says:

    Happy Children’s Day, kids!

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  33. R. Ramesh says:

    good post as usual…like they say..it is good to be child like bad to be childish…:)

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  34. Sanya Kapoor says:

    hey Bikram.. really impressed with your work.. i’ve nominated your blog for the Liebster award.. check it out here…

    http://sanyasays.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/my-first-nomination/

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  35. nothing to say Bikram.. Good post..

    Someone is Special

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  36. manchitra says:

    Bikram, First let me give you belated B’day wishes. Came to know this thru’ A’s post. I was travelling and missed some posts . Hope you had a wonderful day with your family. Take care.

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  37. Androgoth says:

    I am just calling by to wish you a fine weekend Bikram 🙂

    Androgoth

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  38. The Holy Lama says:

    That was a super post. Hats off to the unsung heroes

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  39. onkar says:

    You have brought out an aspect of history I never thought of.

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  40. jyoti mishra says:

    Kudos to those kids and t heir parents… though their name in not in history books but their sacrifice n bravery was above all. Thanks 4 sharing !!!

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  41. mahlaqa says:

    wow Bik some research u have done. n amazing achievements by these wonder kids 🙂

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  42. Dee says:

    Love thd words in the pic…

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  43. Kunal says:

    I was definitely not aware these facts. Thank you Bikramjit. Why have been stories not known to the general public. Do you have a link or a source where we can get more information regarding these outstanding sacrificing acts by the brave children?

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    • Bikram says:

      THe reason is our Selfish biased historians , if you are not with congress then you would not get mentioned simple rule it was .. otherwise how can people us indians forget that How gandhi was against FULL INDEPENDANCE.. he never wanted it .. yet we have made him the father of the nation .. (and this fact is in the history books).. he only accepted it as Bhagat singh and his friends asked for it and suddenly congress was losing the shine .. in that time more people especially the youth were with these fighters then the congress (that too is a fact)…

      I dont have a link as such I am reading a book the jail diary of Bhagat singh which has mentioned this all …

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