Updated: Jul 19
India got its freedom on 15th of August, 1947 and that is when it truly became free of the Britishers. Since then, India has been celebrating its freedom on the same date, no matter what comes and goes. People of all ages hoist the national flag on Independence Day at schools, colleges as well as colonies. It is a national holiday for all and a lot of people sit at home and watch the Prime Minister address the nation from the Red Fort. However, shouldn’t we all know the stories of our beloved freedom fighters who fought for our country’s freedom? Here we present some of the best autobiographies of our freedom fighters that you can read on this Independence Day.
As Independence Day is approaching, you must be busy buying kites and purchasing new clothes to wear on this celebrated day. How can you not, it is one of the most well renowned national days. Whether we talk about the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi or Bhagat Singh, they all gave up their lives, only to make sure that we are able to live a free life. However, how much do you know about these legendary freedom fighters, apart from what you learned about them from your textbooks?
Keeping this in mind, we thought of letting you know of some of their amazing autobiographies of these freedom fighters to read on this Independence Day that will help you know much more about them. Read on to know more about them.
The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
An autobiography, The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi, covers his early childhood to the year of 1921. It is known to be an immortal book and a legacy for the ages to come. It contains a detailed account of his life, covering all aspects of it, including his spiritual life. It is divided in five parts starting from his childhood days, his experience in South Africa, his transformation from ‘Mohan’ to ‘Mahatma’, his variety of experiments on the fundamental principles of truth and God, till the year 1921. After that, his life became so public that he felt that he had nothing to write about.
An Autobiography by Jawaharlal Nehru
An Autobiography by Jawaharlal Nehru, also known as Toward Freedom, was written by him in prison before he became the first Prime Minister of India. Known to be the maker of modern India, it details a surprising amount of objectivity, about himself as well as the events around him. The most enjoyable parts of the book are his long philosophical digressions on the inability of modern prisons to enact any kind of rehabilitation, the meaning of religion, the utility of non-violence, and the necessity for radical changes in India and the world.
Waiting for a Visa by B.R. Ambedkar
Currently being used as a textbook in the Columbia University, Waiting for a Visa by B.R. Ambedkar is a 20 page autobiography that was handwritten by him. It is about his experiences with untouchability, starting from his childhood. It contains six sections with the first four sections about his own experiences and the last two about other people’s experiences. This autobiography has an introductory passage explaining untouchability for people who might not know what it is all about.
If you have not read these autobiographies already, you certainly need to read them now. These will take you to a new world, elaborating what it was to live in a world of pre-independence. So what are you waiting for? Grab these autobiographies already!
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