The revolutionary freedom fighter, commemorated on his death anniversary

Udham Singh was hanged by British colonial rulers on July 31, 1940

Udham Singh is remembered for his courage and determination to liberate India from colonial rule, on the anniversary of his death today. The revolutionary freedom fighter was charged and hanged for killing General Michael O’Dwyer, at Pentonville Prison in London on July 31, 1940. General O’Dwyer had ordered the massacre of hundreds of innocent Indians at Jallianwala Bagh. On July 31 every year, people across the country pay their respects to Udham Singh.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh took to Twitter and paid tribute to the freedom fighter. “I join the nation in paying humble tribute to our great freedom fighter Shaheed-e-Azam Sardar Udham Singh Ji. His patriotism and sacrifice will continue to inspire generations of Indians,” said Captain Amarinder Singh.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in his tweet also informed that work on Udham Singh memorial at Sunam in Sangrur district of Punjab will be completed within a year. The government of Punjab has also decided to build a museum to display the items of the legendary revolutionary.

Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri wrote: “…Indians continue to be inspired by his life and sacrifices for the cause of the freedom of the country.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar tweeted, “I pay my rich respects to the brave son of the soil and great revolutionary Sardar Udham Singh Ji on the day of his martyrdom. The country will always remember his supreme sacrifice.”

Born as Sher Singh on December 26, 1899, at Sunam in Sangrur, Udham Singh’s father, Sardar Tehal Singh Jammu, was a farmer and also worked as a railway guard. Udham Singh lost his father early in his life. After Tehal Singh’s death, along with his older brother, Mukta Singh, he was taken to the Central Khalsa Orphanage in Amritsar. At the orphanage, Udham Singh received his education and passed his exams.

Udham Singh was deeply influenced by another famous freedom fighter Bhagat Singh and his revolutionary group, and actively participated in the freedom movement. He was repeatedly imprisoned by British colonial rulers.

Thelma J. Longworth