India celebrates 121st birth anniversary of Ashfaqullah Khan

India celebrates 121st birth anniversary of Ashfaqullah Khan

On Friday, India marks the 121st birth anniversary of freedom fighter Asfaquallah Khan. Khan, was a young revolutionary fighter who fought against the British rule with all his might. India shall always remember his contributions.

On Friday, India marks the 121st birth anniversary of freedom fighter Ashfaqullah Khan. Khan, was a young revolutionary fighter who fought against the British rule with all his might. India shall always remember his contributions. 

Born on October 22, 1900, in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur Khan is said to have grown up at the time Mahatma Gandhi had launched the Non-Cooperation Movement and urged Indians not to pay taxes to the government or co-operate with the British.

After Mahatma Gandhi called off the Non-Cooperation Movement post the Chauri Chaura incident in Gorakhpur, where the police station was set on fire by protestors, the country’s many youngsters, including Khan, were left disappointed.

Many know Ashfaqulla Khan for the 1925 Kakori train robbery, which he headed along with Ram Prasad Bismil, the leader of the revolutionary group Hindustan Republican Association (HRA) during India’s freedom movement. 

Their story is depicted in the 2006 Bollywood movie, ‘Rang De Basanti’, which follows the lives of five young men acting in a documentary film about five revolutionaries, one of whom is Ashfaqulla Khan, played by actor Kunal Kapoor.

Ashfaqullah Khan was sentenced to death in a trial of the Kakori Conspiracy Case. He was hanged on 19 December 1927. 

first published:Oct. 22, 2021, 6:50 p.m.

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