Baba Prithvi Singh Azad was a brave freedom fighter and a great revolutionary. He was one of the founders of the Ghadar Party. He was born on 15th September 1892 in Lalru village. At the age of 13-14, the color of patriotism got on him and he dedicated his everything to Mother India.
Establishment of Ghadar Party by going to America, fasting for 155 days in Kala Pani Jail, jumping from a moving train and dodging the British for 16 years, instilling patriotism among the youth as an exercise teacher, etc are some golden aspects of his life.
He was sentenced to death in the Lahore Conspiracy Case, which was later commuted to life imprisonment, due to which he had to undergo black water in Andaman’s cellular jail. On 30th November 1922, while being transferred from Rajahmundry to Nagpur Central Jail, he escaped from a moving train. Even today, Babaji’s heroic saga is praised in the Light and Sound Show shown in Andaman’s Cellular Jail.
During the freedom struggle, he had to go to jail many times and had to face severe torture. He spent 10 years in various jails including Calcutta, Madras and Cellular jail. Seeing the tortures faced by him during his lifetime, he was addressed as ‘living martyr’.
As a result of the efforts of all Indians, India got independence on August 15, 1947. After independence, with the courtesy of Nehru, Baba Prithvi Singh Azad established the All India Freedom Fighter Association and was appointed as its Founder Chief for 25 years. On 2nd April 1977, he was felicitated with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.
In 1982, at the age of 90, he started participating in international sports competitions organized for the elderly and brought laurels to India. He received 18 gold medals at the national level. In Puerto-Rico, North America, at the age of 91, he was awarded with the Lederle Award and in Rome he was honored as the world champion. At the age of 93, he completed the 100 meter race in 29.25 seconds and set a world record.
On 5 March 1989, at the age of 96, Baba Prithvi Singh Azad left this mortal body at his son’s house in Hisar city of Haryana. The story of his life has been documented in two autobiographies- ‘Baba Prithvi’ Singh Azad, the Legendary Crusader’ published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 1987 and ‘Kranti Path Ka Pathik’ published by Haryana Sahitya Academy in 1990.
A set of documents related to his life is preserved in the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi as the Prithvi Singh Azad Papers.
We are very happy and proud that our school is associated with the name of this brave fighter and we want the modern young generation of the country to take inspiration from his patriotism and bravery. Team First Edge salutes Baba Prithvi Singh Azad.