Planning to celebrate Indian Republic Day 2023? We are sure that most people and especially Indians don’t know about freedom fighter Neera Arya. If you are among them, definitely you should feel guilty as you don’t know about your savior.
Why Should You Know About Freedom Fighter Neera Arya?
It is a well-known fact that the British ruled India from 1858 to 1947 i.e., 89 years approximately. However, many state this as 200 years considering the 100 years Britishers took to grab every kingdom in India. It is usually said that Britishers robbed India during this period. Besides robbing precious jewelry, diamonds, and treasures of India, they made Indians to work as slaves for years.
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Many freedom fighters such as Subash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Chandra Sekhar Azad, and more have fought against the Britishers and given the freedom to Indians. However, there are many lesser-known freedom fighters who have fought and even sacrificed their lives for freedom. Neera Arya will be first among the list of lesser known freedom fighters of India.
Who is Neera Arya?
Freedom fighter Neera Arya was born on March 5, 1902 in Khekra Nagar in Baghpat district. Neera Arya’s father Seth Chhajjumal is a famous businessman. Neera Arya finished her education in Kolkata. Later, her father Seth Chhajjumal married her to a British army officer. Neera Arya’s husband name is Srikant Jai Ranjan Das who was posted as CID Inspector in India during British rule in India.
How Neera Arya Became Freedom Fighter of India?
Neera, who had a strong passion for the welfare of her country from an early age, enlisted in the Azad Hind Fauj’s Rani Jhansi Regiment as a soldier after finishing school. The couple eventually clashed over this because they have supported different political parties, which led to this.
Neera was a member of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s Army, and when Shrikant learned of this, he started asking her about it in an effort to find out the whereabouts of the Subash Chandra Bose, the commander. Shrikant persisted even though Neera resisted.
When Neera and Bose met one fateful day to discuss vital issues, Shrikant followed Neera and started shooting, including shooting at Bose’s driver. Neera stabbed Shrikant to death because she knew what was going to happen next and Neera Arya saved Netaji. Because of this, the British government punished her to imprisonment at the Andaman and Nicobar cellular jail.
Neera Arya’s love for the country did not stop there, though. Neera was offered a reward during her stay in prison: she would be released on bail if she revealed information about the INC’s leaders, particularly Subhash Chandra Bose. She rejected this, though, and once even spit at a prison guard.
History also records that Neera Arya had her breasts amputated while she was imprisoned for refusing to provide information about the independence struggle and its leaders. Despite being tortured, Neera stayed devoted to the country and went on to become Azad Hind Fauj first women spy.