10 inspiring independence heroes,their message to us

On the account of 68th Independence Day, we thought we would revise a little from your history classes. We bring you out the 10 inspiring personalities who changed the face of India




Mahatma Gandhi

An iconic man the world has ever seen. The time when people believed war was the only solution there stood a man against violence and proved to the world that humanity, love and non-violence can win too. He stood up to his lines “Be the change that you wish to see in the world. “ His life itself  was a message.

Gandhi was born in a upper middle class family, he studied barrister law in England, spent over 20 years in South Africa working to fight discrimination. Came to India and spent the rest of his life striving hard for freedom. He took the simplicity and non-violence path and has been an inspiration for great leaders like Martin Luther King Jr , Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Dalai Lama, John Lennon, Steve Jobs and many others. Gandhi has been an inspiration for many generations and he will remain an inspiration forever. Here are 5 inspiring quotes from the Mahatma.





Sardar vallabhbhai patel

The Iron Man of India. He was born to a poor farmer, with much difficulties he completed his studies and became a successful lawyer and later a prominent leader of Indian National Congress.He was responsible for the integration of over 500 princely states into the Indian Union and it’s because of him Hyderabad remained as a part of India.





Rani lakshmibai

Dates back to 1840s and 50s. She played a prominent role in resisting the rule of East India Company. It has also been reported that she commanded the largest women’s army till date.When we talk about Jhansi Rani Lakshmibai, the first picture that comes to our mind is the way she battled with her son tied on her back, right? She was a rebellion.





Mangal pandey

One of the earliest freedom fighter of  Indian struggle for independence who fought the first Indian rebellion of 1857.  He was a soldier under the British East India Company. He was a devout Hindu and once he discovered that the rifles which the soldiers used were  greased with the fat of pig and cow fat which was against religious beliefs and hence he revolted back against the British and later became a prominent leader in the first Indian War of Independence.





Bhagat singh

He is one of the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movementHis slogan “Inqualab Zindabad” meaning Long Live the Revolution! became very popular with the activists. As a young boy he dreamed of seeing India as a free nation. He involved himself in many revolutionary protests. He was convicted and  hanged  at the age 23. His legacy inspired many young Indians to be a part of freedom struggle.





Shubhas Chandra Bose

Subhas Chandra Bose was a dynamic personality. His ideas and strategies didn’t match with his contemporary freedom fighters but his fighting spirit led him build an organisation called Azad Hind Fauj to overthrow British from India. He died at an early age but he is still remembered as one of the greatest heroes India has ever seen.





Annie Besant

A British Activist who believed in Indian Self-rule. She campaigned for India’s freedom and was also a woman’s rights activist.She fought against her own country for the establishment of democracy in India. Standing for the right that too against her own country people must have been very tough but the courage she showed is highly inspiring and remarkable. 





Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

The creator of the largest democracy in the world. He was a victim of Indian caste system. He campaigned against social discrimination in India, overcoming numerous social and financial obstacles, Ambedkar became one of earliest “untouchables” to obtain a college education in India He strived hard for equal social rights for the untouchables and women. He brought a revolution in modern India.





Sarojini Naidu

The Nightingale of India. She was the first Indian woman President of the Indian National Congress and also became the first woman to become the governor of an Indian state.  She travelled many  states  and delivered speeches on social welfare and spread the message of independence through her poetry. She involved herself in various activities such as women education and Hindu Muslim equality and also took part in the movements like Montagu Chelmsford Reform through, Khilafat movement, Satyagraha Movement.





Jawaharlal Nehru

The first prime minister of India. He was raised in a rich family, studied law in England, quit practice and became an important part of freedom struggle. Once while traveling on a train, Nehru overheard British General gloating over the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, an incident in which 79 people were killed and at least 1,200 wounded. Upon hearing the general’s words, Nehru vowed to fight against the British. And this incident changed the course of his life.


There are many such personalities which involves freedom fighters from various religions, social activist and millions of soldiers who sacrificed there lives. We owe our sincere respect to them.



They sacrificed their lives to see a free India, If you see what’s common in them, the first thing you notice is the DESIRE,the desire to see a free nation. The power of their desire was so intense that the differences of caste, nationality, poverty, difficulties, physical abuse, verbal abuse, time, energy and not even their life could stand.

We are grateful to such inspiring personalities who showed us that patience, perseverance and persistence  can help us reach our goal one day. When we hear there struggle I have to admit that the world we live is much easy. It offers us plenty of opportunities to accomplish our desire.

I feel proud to be born in a country which has seen such great heroes. Wishing you all a happy independence day. I am sorry I could fit only 10 personalities here. Do let us know who inspire you, we would love to here from you

P.S: A proud Indian 🙂

We'd love to hear your thoughts below..

  1. Gandhi inspires me a lot. His belief in be the change you want to see always helps me in coming out from difficult situation.

    • Same here Bhavana. Gandhi inspires me. Never ever could I believe non-violence and simplicity has so much power if Gandhi wasn’t born.He is a legend.
      I have tried implementing a few principles of Gandhi and I am happy with the results. I love Gandhigiri 🙂
      Happy Independence Day Bhavana 🙂

  2. Thank you. Keep writing Keep inspiring.
    I am very much inspired by Sardar Patel, the iron man and Dr Ambedkar, the real fighter. Their never die spirit gives me immense strength to fight against all the odds.

    • Happy to know you liked it.
      very true Sardar patel is truly the iron man. I was going through this life struggle and was very much impressed by his spirit and determination. And Ambedkar needless to say is one of the most respectable and an inspiring man.

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  4. Yes Vidyashree; patience, perseverance and persistence can help us reach our goal one day. An inspiring post which infuses a sense of national pride on this auspicious occasion 🙂

  5. Cool Vinay, they are the real heroes of India who gave us their contribution towards making India independent. Honestly when I read about them, I really feel proud of them and in fact I feel proud of myself too that I got a chance to born in India….

    • Thank you Alok :). There is a great sense of patriotism in the air today, thought we should pay a homage to such a wonderful feeling which gave birth to such a wonderful post by Vidya :)..

      Indeed, I too am a very proud Indian and the sense of energy today is exhilarating 🙂

  6. First of all happy independence day..

    Although I believe from all ,my heart that we should never ever forget those who fought for our independence and gave their life for such beautiful cause .. BUT some of the people in the list you have given are not to be in that list ..

    as Politics is a very dirty game in our nation and some in the list are nothing but just politicians..

    the great son’s and daughters of our nation, Jhansi ki rani, Bagat singh, Chandershekhar azaad, Subash , Rajguru, Sarabha, Udham singh, Managl pandey and many many moreeeeeee… I salute them and thank them that we can breath the fresh air …


    • Happy Independence day to you too Bikram.
      I agree. Jhansi Rani, Bhagat singh, Chandershekhar azaad, Subash , Rajguru… are the true spirits who fought selflessly for the country. I respect them all.
      Of all Jhansi Rani inspires me a lot. It’s such a proud feeling to know that she commanded the largest women’s army till date.
      My heart was filled with patriotism while writing this article and I even had goosebumps while reading about Jhansi Rani. Such an inspiring woman.
      There are many names I wanted to add but had to restrict for few.

    • Bikram, although I agree not all of the heroes in the list or any list as that matter are perfect and I also agree that each one of them have their limitations. But they did something extraordinary which has made us what we are today and how we are as a nation.

      Politics aside, I would really love to focus on what they mean to us and how much of a value add those thoughts have been in our lives. I do agree that some of these names can be controversial based on the lens we look at them with, but for me and for us they are really some great people.. And far more great people who we could not add in this list.. 🙂

  7. An excellent article on real heros of Indian History. Frankly speaking my opinion about Mahatma Gandhi is not good. It is just my opinion and I beg excuse from all the readers those don;t agree with me. The efforts of Shri Vinayaji are really appreciable.

    Sampat Kumari

    • Thank you Sampat Kumari. I agree Sampat Kumari Ji, I think we all are very well placed to have our opinions and reservations about certain of these heroes and most of them can be valid too. But on the other hand, they did do some extraordinary things which make us remember them and feel the greatness of patriotism within 🙂

      PS: Sampat Kumari Ji, for some reason, the comment is showing a photograph, I tried editing it but it is not responding to my edits. Not sure what is causing the link though. Thought I would let you know 🙂

  8. Truly inspirational article Vidyashree. For me these are truly the noted leaders but every Indian of those times who fought for our freedom is mentionable and inspirational. This is one of the few posts on Independence Day that i truly liked. Thank you for this post.

    • Thank you Shweta. Happy to know you liked it .What better could I write on Independence Day 🙂
      True Shweta there are many to mention and many who inspire us. How great it would be if people realise their efforts and respect them by making the country a much better place to live.

  9. Good you brought it here. India needs this reminder. Of course, there were many more. Good to start with this.

  10. Thank you Anita,, Happy independece day :). True indeed, there are so many sung and unsung heroes that has made our nation the exemplary place it is. We owe it all to them and of course the unsung ones too. Such great names which enthuse us with so much of passion and reverence 🙂

  11. First of all congratulations ! When I opened your site I was amazed by the design.So real great work.
    And your posts are now much better organized than before. Keep it up Vinay 🙂

    • Thank you Amit :). It took quite a bit of effort for us go through the change in design and appearance. I am really happy to hear such good words about the change. It really feels nice when someone who has seen the site develop from the initial stages to now says such nice words of appreciation :). We shall definitely keep bringing more varieties 🙂

  12. Thank you Sam. Thank you for noticing and letting us know, those two were indeed great people, the Iron Man of India :). I think we have missed out on a lot of people. It is a fantastic country and some amazing people have certainly made it so 🙂

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