First of the youngest revolutionary in freedom fight of India. His love for nation and brave do-die attitude influenced many including Balgangadhar Tilak.
He was hung on August 11 1908 when he was just 18 years old. Born on December 3, 1889, in the small village of Habibpur situated under the Keshpur Police Station in the Midnapore district of West Bengal.
He lost his parents at age of six and was brought up by his Sister . Though he was not good at studies he was known as straight forward, fearless and fair thought child.
Stories of Khudiram childhood
🇮🇳 Sometimes he used to catch snakes in nearby jungles and play with them in school. He had great ability to go beyond if he had intent. Once a teacher asked all students to hit desk as hard and long, Khudiram hit the table for long and kept doing even though he was bleeding badly and teacher had to somehow stop him.
🇮🇳 One student wore dhoti and came to school, at this all students laughed. Khudiram embraced the boy wearing swadeshi dhoto and made all students laughing to understand the impotance of homemade swadeshi handloom and asked all to appologise.
🇮🇳 In those days every paisa had immense value and people reeling into extreme poverty. Young Khudiram being brave, sensitive, and influenced by thoughts of Aurobindo and Sister Nivedta was always looking for opportunity to serve the needy, society, country in large.
🇮🇳 Once a beggar came by asking alms in extreme winter. His heat was filled with compassion and he brought a very costly pashmina shawl ( which belonged o his beloved late father) and gave it to the beggar. His sister tried to stop him and advised him that the beggar wont use it and instead sell it for money. To this Khudiram replied “Its ok, Atleast money will give him a rope to live on … “.
🇮🇳 Once entire town was under epidemic of cholera and the cremations at crematorium seem to go on all time. Khudiram left his studies for examinations and put all his energies in serving those suffering from epidepic.
🇮🇳 Once there was floods as river Kansa, he accopanied with his freind braved the dangers to help people.
Transforming to revolutionary
This young lad came in contact with freedom revolutionaries who were protesting against division of Bengal and were against foreign goods being traded ( Swadeshi movement) in which khudiram took oath to fight against British good trade. Soon traders began to shiver at very mention of his name. Khudiram who was never interested in studies immersed himself in understanding various revolutionary movements and appled it in daily life.
He first came into eyes of British when he was distributing pamphlets of Vandemataram swadeshi movement in a britsh public meeting. When pole got him, he hit police on nose and ran away. This made him favourite among village and revolutionary. He came in contact with Hemchandra Kanungo and carried out many operations. By 1907 Khudiram was completely into Aŕbindo Ghosh revolutionary group.
Supreme sacrifice for country
the Chief Presidency Magistrate of Calcutta was Douglas H Kingsford. Infamous for handing out strong and harsh punishments to freedom fighters, he was a target of the revolutionaries.
However, the British Government caught wind of the plan, and transferred Kingsford to Muzaffarpur, hoping that the anger of the revolutionaries in Calcutta would subside. The revolutionaries heard about this plan and prepared to kill Kingsford at Muzaffarpur. The folks in charge decided to appoint Prafulla Kumar Chaki, and Khudiram Bose, who readily agreed. They did a through planning and executed it on 30 April 1908. Praful commted sucide to avoid falling into the hands of British while Khudiram was not aware of this development. Soon Khudiram was caught on grounds of suspicion , after which ammunations and documents were confiscated.
The trial started on 21st May 1908, and Bose, along with two others, faced the panel. On the fateful day of 11 August 1908, Khudiram walked up to the gallows confidently and was hung shortly after.
Poet Pirambar Das wrote a poem in tribute to Khudiram Bose. Please hear through the song and experience the sacrifice given by Khudiram with smile
Balagangadhar Tilak was deeply touched by supreme sacrifice and wrote number of articles and book dedicated to Khudiram. British felt troubled and gave him 6 yeats rigorous imprisonment and exile on charges of Anti National and sedation.
Today we barely remember him!! Let us not forget the ones who were instrumental in giving us the great nation we know today.