15 Great Indian Freedom Fighters Lost in the Pages of History

11. Birsa Munda

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Born on a Thursday; hence the name. Birsa Munda is among the largely forgotten Indian freedom fighters who led a millenarian tribal movement which inspired large parts of present day Jharkhand and Bihar to revolt against the oppressive British rule in late 19th century India. He died at a young age of 25.

12. Pandurang Bapat

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Popularly known as Senapati Bapat for leading the Mulshi Satyagraha, he got the honor to hoist the Indian flag in Pune for the first time after independence. Bapat was jailed by the British on allegation of vandalism and inciting nationalist sentiments. He surrendered since as a satyagrahi he wasn’t supposed to tread the path of violence.

13. Bhikaji Cama

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There are several buildings and roads in her name but not many are aware of who she was or what she did. Not only was this Parsi lady from Bombay (now Mumbai) one of the most prominent freedom fighters, she was also an iconic figure for gender equality. She donated almost all her wealth to an orphanage for girls. Bhikaji Cama hoisted the Indian national flag at International Socialist Conference, Stuttgart, Germany, in 1907.

14. Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi

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Popularly known as Kulpati, he was an active cadre of the Indian freedom fighters, particularly those involved in the Quit India Movement. Munshi funded the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Educational Trust in 1938 that runs several schools and institutions all across the country. He was arrested several times by the British which proved him as one of the most dedicated freedom fighters.

15. Peer Ali Khan

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One of the first rebels and freedom fighters of India, Khan encouraged people to take up arms during the initial days of the 1857 mutiny. He was among the 14 who were handed capital punishment because of their guiding role in the rebellion. His work inspired others to join the freedom movement, but generations later, Khan faded from public memory.

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