Union Minister Nitin Gadkari paid tribute to the legendary freedom fighter Madan Lal Dhingra on his birth anniversary. Madan Lal Dhingra, a prominent figure in India’s struggle for independence, dedicated his life to the cause of freedom and played a crucial role in inspiring future generations of patriots.
Nitin Gadkari’s homage to Madan Lal Dhingra underscores the importance of remembering and honoring the sacrifices made by individuals like him in the quest for India’s independence. Dhingra’s unwavering commitment to the cause of freedom serves as a beacon of inspiration for all who cherish the values of liberty and justice.
Know About Madan Lal Dhingra:-
Madan Lal Dhingra was born on September 18, 1883, in Amritsar, India, into an educated and prosperous Hindu Punjabi Khatri family. His father, Dr. Ditta Mal Dhingra, held a prestigious position as a civil surgeon, and Madan Lal was one of their eight children. All seven sons, including Madan Lal, pursued higher education abroad.
Dhingra’s academic journey began at Amritsar’s MB Intermediate College, followed by studies at Government College University in Lahore. During his time in Lahore, he was deeply influenced by the nascent nationalist movement, which was primarily focused on seeking Home Rule at the time. His concern for India’s poverty and famines led him to explore solutions rooted in self-government (Swaraj) and the Swadeshi movement.
Dhingra ardently embraced the Swadeshi movement, which aimed to enhance India’s self-sufficiency by promoting local industries and boycotting British goods. He believed that the British colonial government’s policies favored British imports at the expense of Indian industries, stifling economic development in India.
In 1904, as a student pursuing a Master of Arts degree, Dhingra led a protest against the college’s decision to use imported British cloth for the college blazers. His principled stand led to his expulsion. Despite his father’s advice to apologize and reconcile, Dhingra chose to live life on his terms, working as a clerk in Kalka and later as a factory laborer. He even attempted to organize a union but was dismissed for his efforts.
His journey took him to Bombay, where he worked in various low-level jobs. Concerned about his well-being, his elder brother, Dr. Bihari Lal, convinced him to pursue higher education in Britain. In 1906, Dhingra left for London, enrolling at University College to study mechanical engineering.