PM Modi : Unfortunate Martyrs of Chauri Chaura not Given Place in History
Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said it had been “unfortunate” that those that laid down their lives within the Chauri Chaura incident in 1922 weren’t given due place within the pages of history. “Whatever happened in Chauri Chaura 100 years ago was seen as an easy incident of arsoning of a police headquarters. Its message was very big and wide. Earlier, whenever there was talk about Chauri Chaura, it had been seen within the context of an easy arsoning incident. But the hearth wasn’t only at the police headquarters but within the hearts of Indians also,” the Prime Minister said.
PM Modi was speaking after inaugurating via video conference the centenary celebrations of the historic Chauri Chaura incident, a landmark event within the country’s fight for Independence.
“Chauri Chaura (incident) was a self-motivated struggle of folk. it’s unfortunate that the martyrs of this incident weren’t given a prominent place within the pages of history… I appreciate the team of Chief Minister Adityanath for the year-long celebrations,” PM Modi said. The Prime Minister added that there have been few incidents during the liberty struggle wherein 19 freedom fighters got execution for one incident.
“At a time when the Britishers were adamant on giving execution, Baba Raghav Das and Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya saved 150 of them from being hanged,” PM Modi said. He said the youth should research and write papers and convey the Chauri Chaura facts to light.
A group of freedom fighters participating within the non-cooperation movement launched by Gandhi in 1922 were fired upon by the police, resulting in the death of the many of them. In retaliation, the protestors attacked and set fire to the Chauri Chaura police headquarters , killing many of its occupants. Gandhi had called off the movement thanks to the violence.