Alirajpur is located in Madhya Pradesh. Chandrashekhar Azad Ngar is the name for a district in this tribal-dominated district. Bhabhara was the village’s first name. Chandrashekhar Azad was the great revolutionary of the country. He was born in Bhabhara village’s punya dhara. The daily reached Bhaskar Azad’s village on 15 August to mark the 75th anniversary. They began searching for Azad’s memories. We talked to children, women, and the elderly to discover how veerchandrashekhar Azad’s village had changed over the 75 years of independence.
Chandrashekhar Azad Nagar has many memories of Azad. Azad is the name of many buildings, sites, and shops. In the center of the city is an independent gate. Here is the entrance to Azad’s hut. Chandrashekhar Azad is believed to have been born in Azad Kutia. It is no longer a hut. The Madhya Pradesh government developed it and made it a grand building. Only a few khappars remain as part of the hut that have been decorated in Azad’s honor. It contains photographs of Azad, his recorded story, and stories about his involvement in revolutionary activities.
There are also gardens named after Chandrashekhar Azad. Here, a huge statue of Chandrashekhar is surrounded by trees. The poem of Sri Krishna Saral, engraved on stone, is displayed in front of the idol. It provides a complete blueprint of Azad’s personality.
Chandrashekhar Azad, the son of Sitaram Tiwari (and Jagrani Devi) was born July 23, 1906. Chandrashekhar Azad, aged 10-12 years old, left his home but his parents remained in the same village until the end. It is fascinating to read the story of Sitaram Tiwari, father, coming to Jhabua. Narmada Prasad (80), from Bhabhara says that his father’s name is Satyanarayan Agnihotri. He is now deceased. Narmada Prasad claims that Chandrashekhar Azad, his father, and Sitaram, Chandrashekhar Azad, his mother, had moved together from Tiwarikheda to Bhabhara village in Uttar Pradesh. They settled in this area after their parents arrived.
Narmada Prasad explains that Bhabhara village was a former resident of the Princely State prior to Independence. After independence, a Gram Panchayat here was established. He points out that the area has been tribal-dominated since its inception. The population of the city was much lower in earlier times, when there were only 50 houses.
Over time, however, the city grew and the population grew. Chandrashekhar Azad Ngar is now a Tehsil. This area includes an urban area of approximately two kilometres.
We asked Narmada Prasadji if azad is becoming the India he envisioned during the freedom struggle 75 years ago. Narmada Prasad replied, “We’ve come a long distance from where India started.” India is now moving on the path to progress. I can recall well the nakedness of tribal women and men before Independence. But now, the benefits of government programs are reaching all people. The State is fulfilling its responsibility. However, the flip side is that corruption is killing rights. These habits must be broken.
Then we moved on to the rural area of Chandrashekhar Azad Nagar. We found lotus in the fields, plowing our fields with bulls a little further. Kamal is from the Bhil community. He owns a farm in Azad Ngar Tehsil. We asked him about Chandrashekhar Azad. He replied, “Azad was born close to our house. Only that is all he knows.”
Then, we spoke with Kamal’s 10-year old son Nilesh Bamnia. Nilesh is a fast learner. When we asked him about Chandrashekhar Azad he began to tell us the story of Azad’s birth, family and contribution to the freedom fight. I did not feel like listening. Nilesh excels in studies and dreams of becoming a doctor.
Chandrashekhar Azad Nagar also hosts a market. We talked to street vendors, shopkeepers, and vegetable sellers to Dhanna Seths. Finally we questioned Chandrashekhar Azad regarding his information. Most people don’t know much about Chandrashekhar Azamad. Most people only know that he was born in this area.
Although people seemed unaware of Azad’s political views and principles, as well as his contributions to the world, one thing struck us. This is a very visible trend among the residents of this area. They have Chandrashekhar Azad stickers placed on their trains. Rajesh runs a mobile repair shop and says Azad’s photo is proudly displayed on his bike.