Unsung Heroes: Rudra Dutt Mishra

We Indians are free today. There are Prime Ministers, Ministers, Chief Justices, Judges, Chief Ministers, IAS officers and other endless persons holding power today. We all owe a debt to all those who fought the British for the freedom of this country and made great sacrifices.

These sacrifices were made by them voluntarily out of their love for their mother land. While these true sons and daughters of mother India suffered great agonies at the hands of the enemies of their country, a large number of make-believe political leaders – who took reins of the free India in their hands as Prime Ministers, Chief Ministers etc. – were enjoying their life in cosy jails or in palaces with full sympathy of the British rulers.

We have a long, really a very long, list of such make-believe official ‘Freedom Fighters’ and the make-belive ‘heroes’ of this freedom struggle; but there is no mention of those who sacrificed their comforts and life for this country. In this regard, the Indian history needs to be corrected and the real and the fake freedom fighters need to be put in the places in Indian history where they actually belong.

We must be sensible to understand one thing: the British people were at that time of the history, as they are today, very pragmatic people. They had the means, the weapons, and they had the strength, the British Army, to foil any non-violent attempt to liberate India and thus deprive them “the Jewel of their Empire”. They were pragmatic and knew fully well that Indian revolutionaries like Chandra Shekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh, Surya Sen, Aurobindo Ghosh, Batukeshwar Dutt, Subhash Chandra Bose and countless others of the same elk had mesmerizing effect on the Indian people’s psyche; that if they were not pragmatic enough to hand over soon enough after the WW 2  the rein of India to those who advocated non-violence and worked for the amicable settlement of the question of Indian independence, Indian people would rise in the foot-steps of these belligerent and ferocious revolutionaries. The imperialists were pragmatic and decided in their best interest to disband their empire in India.

We all owe a debt to these revolutionaries. At the least that we can do to them is to remember them and cherish their heroic deeds. We are narrating here the life story of one such revolutionary. His name is Rudra Dutt Mishra.

Rudra Dutt Mishra was born into a wealthy family of the Alwar region. Mishra was known to be very bold and was never intimidated. He was always the one to voice his opinions. Mishra was a doctor by profession. It is said that one day he was asked by a notorious robber of the area to accompany him and treat one of his ill relatives. Being the bold man he was, Rudra Dutt consented. He was blindfolded and led to the hideout where he successfully treated the patient and then dined with the robber himself.

Rudra Dutt has been known to throw a shoe at a British judge at a court hearing.

On May 25, 1932, Rudra Dutt Misra, Dhanwantri, K B Gupta, B R Gupta, S H Vatsayana, Azad Vidyabhushan, Vaishampayan, Bhagirath Lal and Harkesh, the individuals who were the accused before the Delhi Conspiracy Commission, sent a petition from Old Viceregal Lodge, Delhi to the viceroy in his summer residence in Shimla, which is now a centre of advanced academic research.

The British government looked into the evidence produced by the prosecution before the Commission. The only evidence against the accused persons was the statements made by persons – mainly by Kailashpati and two others – who were revolutionaries of Hindustan Socialist Republican Association / Army (HSRA) but who had agreed to give evidence supporting the State case of conspiracy (called in legal language Approvers). There was no evidence of independent witnesses. The evidence of these co-accused (who were pardoned by the government on the condition of supporting the state case of conspiracy) was considered not enough. The conspiracy charge was finally dropped in February 1933 as untenable in view of this fact that there was not enough evidence to take it any further. Four of the accused were let off and the rest were to be tried individually ‘for severe overt acts’. Nothing more is known about this revolutionary. Help is needed to fill this gap.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Raj Prabha
    Jul 28, 2014 @ 02:02:37

    I read that it was J. Nehru who informed the police about Azad’s location in the park where he shot himself. Is it really a fact? If so can you please chek the details. I understand that the documents are still in Allahabad. Nehru told V.Bhai Pant to destry these after 1947. He did not destroy the papers but told Nehru that it has been done.



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      Jul 28, 2014 @ 08:51:42

      If this information is correct it is a very serious matter. Every Indian worth his or her salt must make effort to get details of this treachery to bring it to the notice of this nation. In fact India needs to re-write the correct history of our freedom struggle.



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