Friday, August 9, 2013

Delhi CM launches "Know Your Martyrs of 1857-1947" mission






NEW DELHI, August 7, 2013: “As India changes very fast in this e-age and as our independence becomes a distant event for new generations, work like that will be a constant reminder to us that how much we owe our today to the sacrifices of freedom fighters”, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who has written preface in a book “1857-1947 Forgotten Heroes and Martyrs of India’s Freedom Movement”, launched the Chief Minister here this evening at her office chamber.

The Chief Minister also received a cheque worth Rs 200,000 by the founder of Sulabh International, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak to be spent on the marriage of Ms Priyanka, daughter of Bijendra Singh.

“This book is meant to give a new life to Bijender Singh Tomar, the one and only living bloodline of Martyr Ram Prasad Bismil living in anonymity and penury in the country side”, Jha said. Bismil was hanged on December 14, 1927 for his involvement in the Kakori train robbery case.

Hailing the efforts, the chief minister said that it will give a massage to the people of India to know thew martyrs of India's freedom movement and their living descendants. Later, the cheif minister handed over the cheque to Shivnath to hand-over it to Priyanka's father.

Compiled and edited by Special Broadcasting Service (SBS Radio, Sydney, Australia) journalist Shivnath Jha and his educationist wife Neena Jha, the book, is the fifth in the series of ‘Andolan Ek Pustak Se’. It will be launched in all state capitals throughout the year as a part to impart information about the freedom movement’s revolutionaries and martyrs and give a dignified, if not luxurious, life to the living descendants of forgotten heroes and martyrs of freedom movement.

The book, perhaps first of its kind in the post independence era, comprises pictorial details of as many as 200 forgotten heroes and martyrs of freedom movement and the misery and poverty of 30 descendants located so far by the couple.

“This book will give a new life to Bijender Singh Tomar, the one and only living bloodline of Martyr Ram Prasad Bismil living in anonymity and penury in the country side”, Jha said. Bismil was hanged on December 14, 1927 for his involvement in the Kakori train robbery case.

Union Minister for External Affairs Salman Khurshid - the man behind the mission - who has penned foreword says: “This work undoubtedly inspire a new generation of young Indians to give their best to the nation that got its freedom through fearless struggle of their ancestors.”

Khurshid further mentioned that “the context of struggle may have changed dramatically; the nature of call to the service of the nation may have been transformed profoundly; the quality of objectives may well be different; but the sense is the same, of giving altruistically. Given that we encounter hypocracy, cynicism, selfishness, intellectual dishonesty, corruption in abundance and ideology as well as leadership is scare, the heroes of our time need mental endurance much more than physical strength.”

Published under the aegis of “Andolan Ek Pustak Se”, the book is a crusade to bring to light the miserable conditions of descendants and families of freedom fighters as well as an attempt to bring about a change,” Jha, who has spent more than seven years to locate 30 descendants’ families so far, said.

Eight years ago when Bharat Ratna Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan had to give a charity show for his own cause at the winter of his life, Shivnath and his wife did a book on the Ustad – Monograph on Ustad Bismillah Khan – that was launched by him five month before he took his last breath on August 21, 2006.

In 2007, Jha found Vinayak Rao Tope (54), a fourth generation descendant of Tatya Tope, martyr of the 1857 uprising. Vinayak Rao Tope, his wife Smt Saraswati Devi and three children were living in penury in Uttar Pradesh’s Bithoor village. Vinayak ran a small grocery shop.

In January 2009, Jha discovered the sad plight of Sultana Begum, the great grand daughter-in-law of Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. Sultana lived in a Howrah slum and ran a tea stall to make ends meet.

In April 2011, Jha met Jeet Singh, the grandson of Udham Singh, the freedom fighter who shot dead Michael O’Dwyer, the British Lieutenant Governor of colonial Punjab. O’Dwyer had endorsed General Reginald Dyer’s Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Jeet Singh works as a labourer at a construction site in Punjab.

Besides the Ustad, Jha couple did four books and provide a dignified, if not luxurious, life to the descendants Tatya Tope, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Udham Singh.
NEW DELHI, August 7: “As India changes very fast in this e-age and as our independence becomes a distant event for new generations, work like that will be a constant reminder to us that how much we owe our today to the sacrifices of freedom fighters”, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who has written preface in a book “1857-1947 Forgotten Heroes and Martyrs of India’s Freedom Movement”, launched the Chief Minister here this evening at her office chamber.

The Chief Minister also received a cheque worth Rs 200,000 by the founder of Sulabh International, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak to be spent on the marriage of Ms Priyanka, daughter of Bijendra Singh.

“This book is meant to give a new life to Bijender Singh Tomar, the one and only living bloodline of Martyr Ram Prasad Bismil living in anonymity and penury in the country side”, Jha said. Bismil was hanged on December 14, 1927 for his involvement in the Kakori train robbery case.

Hailing the efforts, the chief minister said that it will give a massage to the people of India to know thew martyrs of India's freedom movement and their living descendants. Later, the cheif minister handed over the cheque to Shivnath to hand-over it to Priyanka's father.

Compiled and edited by Special Broadcasting Service (SBS Radio, Sydney, Australia) journalist Shivnath Jha and his educationist wife Neena Jha, the book, is the fifth in the series of ‘Andolan Ek Pustak Se’. It will be launched in all state capitals throughout the year as a part to impart information about the freedom movement’s revolutionaries and martyrs and give a dignified, if not luxurious, life to the living descendants of forgotten heroes and martyrs of freedom movement.

The book, perhaps first of its kind in the post independence era, comprises pictorial details of as many as 200 forgotten heroes and martyrs of freedom movement and the misery and poverty of 30 descendants located so far by the couple.

“This book will give a new life to Bijender Singh Tomar, the one and only living bloodline of Martyr Ram Prasad Bismil living in anonymity and penury in the country side”, Jha said. Bismil was hanged on December 14, 1927 for his involvement in the Kakori train robbery case.

Union Minister for External Affairs Salman Khurshid - the man behind the mission - who has penned foreword says: “This work undoubtedly inspire a new generation of young Indians to give their best to the nation that got its freedom through fearless struggle of their ancestors.”

Khurshid further mentioned that “the context of struggle may have changed dramatically; the nature of call to the service of the nation may have been transformed profoundly; the quality of objectives may well be different; but the sense is the same, of giving altruistically. Given that we encounter hypocracy, cynicism, selfishness, intellectual dishonesty, corruption in abundance and ideology as well as leadership is scare, the heroes of our time need mental endurance much more than physical strength.”

Published under the aegis of “Andolan Ek Pustak Se”, the book is a crusade to bring to light the miserable conditions of descendants and families of freedom fighters as well as an attempt to bring about a change,” Jha, who has spent more than seven years to locate 30 descendants’ families so far, said.

Eight years ago when Bharat Ratna Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan had to give a charity show for his own cause at the winter of his life, Shivnath and his wife did a book on the Ustad – Monograph on Ustad Bismillah Khan – that was launched by him five month before he took his last breath on August 21, 2006.

In 2007, Jha found Vinayak Rao Tope (54), a fourth generation descendant of Tatya Tope, martyr of the 1857 uprising. Vinayak Rao Tope, his wife Smt Saraswati Devi and three children were living in penury in Uttar Pradesh’s Bithoor village. Vinayak ran a small grocery shop.

In January 2009, Jha discovered the sad plight of Sultana Begum, the great grand daughter-in-law of Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. Sultana lived in a Howrah slum and ran a tea stall to make ends meet.

In April 2011, Jha met Jeet Singh, the grandson of Udham Singh, the freedom fighter who shot dead Michael O’Dwyer, the British Lieutenant Governor of colonial Punjab. O’Dwyer had endorsed General Reginald Dyer’s Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Jeet Singh works as a labourer at a construction site in Punjab.

Besides the Ustad, Jha couple did four books and provide a dignified, if not luxurious, life to the descendants Tatya Tope, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Udham Singh.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Our 5th efforts - on card - for Vijendra Singh, grandson f Pandit Ram Prasad Bismil


Forgotten Heroes and Martyrs of India's Freedom Movement 1857-1947, comprising pictorial details of as many as 201 revolutionaries and martyrs who were either hanged, shot dead to died within the four-wall during the freedom movement is expected to change the life of Bijendra Singh, grandson of Pandit Ram Prasad Bismil, who was hanged in Kakori train robbery case.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

मेरे जीवन का पहला सम्मान

मेरे जीवन का पहला सम्मान: आज कुरुक्षेत्र से करीब ४० किलोमीटर दूर कम्बोज समुदाई लोगो ने मुझे शहीद-इ-आज़म उधम सिंह के शाहदत दिवस पर विशेष रूप से आमंत्रित किया. उधम सिंह इसी समुदाई के थे. इस अवसर पर उपस्थित लोगों में बुजुर्गों की संक्या अधिक थी. उधम सिंह के नाम से एक भब्य धर्मशाला का निर्माण हुआ है. राज्य सभा के सांसद डॉ. राम प्रकाश जी का विशेष अनुरोध था. जीत सिंह, उधम सिंह के वंशज को भी में ले गया था. आज इस समुदाई के लोगों ने मुझे, मेरी पत्नी और पुत्र को अन्तह मन से आशीर्वाद दिया क्योंकि हम तीनो ने उधम सिंह के वंशज को ढूंढ़ कर और पाने पुस्तक के माध्यम से एक नई जिन्दगी पिछले १३ अप्रैल को दी थी. लोगों की तायदाद हजारों में थी. हमारे आन्दोलन:एक पुस्तक से को बहुत आगे तक ले जाने के लिए सबो ने अपनी प्रतिबध्हता दिखाई और कहा "कम्बोज समुदाई इस प्रयास में आपके साथ है, पैसे की कमी नहीं होगी इस आन्दोलन को."

मेरे जीवन का पहला सम्मान: आज कुरुक्षेत्र से करीब ४० किलोमीटर दूर कम्बोज समुदाई लोगो ने मुझे शहीद-इ-आज़म उधम सिंह के शाहदत दिवस पर विशेष रूप से आमंत्रित किया. उधम सिंह इसी समुदाई के थे. इस अवसर पर उपस्थित लोगों में बुजुर्गों की संक्या अधिक थी. उधम सिंह के नाम से एक भब्य धर्मशाला का निर्माण हुआ है. राज्य सभा के सांसद डॉ. राम प्रकाश जी का विशेष अनुरोध था. जीत सिंह, उधम सिंह के वंशज को भी में ले गया था. आज इस समुदाई के लोगों ने मुझे, मेरी पत्नी और पुत्र को अन्तह मन से आशीर्वाद दिया क्योंकि हम तीनो ने उधम सिंह के वंशज को ढूंढ़ कर और पाने पुस्तक के माध्यम से एक नई जिन्दगी पिछले १३ अप्रैल को दी थी. लोगों की तायदाद हजारों में थी. हमारे आन्दोलन:एक पुस्तक से को बहुत आगे तक ले जाने के लिए सबो ने अपनी प्रतिबध्हता दिखाई और कहा "कम्बोज समुदाई इस प्रयास में आपके साथ है, पैसे की कमी नहीं होगी इस आन्दोलन को."

मेरे जीवन का पहला सम्मान: आज कुरुक्षेत्र से करीब ४० किलोमीटर दूर कम्बोज समुदाई लोगो ने मुझे शहीद-इ-आज़म उधम सिंह के शाहदत दिवस पर विशेष रूप से आमंत्रित किया. उधम सिंह इसी समुदाई के थे. इस अवसर पर उपस्थित लोगों में बुजुर्गों की संक्या अधिक थी. उधम सिंह के नाम से एक भब्य धर्मशाला का निर्माण हुआ है. राज्य सभा के सांसद डॉ. राम प्रकाश जी का विशेष अनुरोध था. जीत सिंह, उधम सिंह के वंशज को भी में ले गया था. आज इस समुदाई के लोगों ने मुझे, मेरी पत्नी और पुत्र को अन्तह मन से आशीर्वाद दिया क्योंकि हम तीनो ने उधम सिंह के वंशज को ढूंढ़ कर और पाने पुस्तक के माध्यम से एक नई जिन्दगी पिछले १३ अप्रैल को दी थी. लोगों की तायदाद हजारों में थी. हमारे आन्दोलन:एक पुस्तक से को बहुत आगे तक ले जाने के लिए सबो ने अपनी प्रतिबध्हता दिखाई और कहा "कम्बोज समुदाई इस प्रयास में आपके साथ है, पैसे की कमी नहीं होगी इस आन्दोलन को."

मेरे जीवन का पहला सम्मान: आज कुरुक्षेत्र से करीब ४० किलोमीटर दूर कम्बोज समुदाई लोगो ने मुझे शहीद-इ-आज़म उधम सिंह के शाहदत दिवस पर विशेष रूप से आमंत्रित किया. उधम सिंह इसी समुदाई के थे. इस अवसर पर उपस्थित लोगों में बुजुर्गों की संक्या अधिक थी. उधम सिंह के नाम से एक भब्य धर्मशाला का निर्माण हुआ है. राज्य सभा के सांसद डॉ. राम प्रकाश जी का विशेष अनुरोध था. जीत सिंह, उधम सिंह के वंशज को भी में ले गया था. आज इस समुदाई के लोगों ने मुझे, मेरी पत्नी और पुत्र को अन्तह मन से आशीर्वाद दिया क्योंकि हम तीनो ने उधम सिंह के वंशज को ढूंढ़ कर और पाने पुस्तक के माध्यम से एक नई जिन्दगी पिछले १३ अप्रैल को दी थी. लोगों की तायदाद हजारों में थी. हमारे आन्दोलन:एक पुस्तक से को बहुत आगे तक ले जाने के लिए सबो ने अपनी प्रतिबध्हता दिखाई और कहा "कम्बोज समुदाई इस प्रयास में आपके साथ है, पैसे की कमी नहीं होगी इस आन्दोलन को."

मेरे जीवन का पहला सम्मान: आज कुरुक्षेत्र से करीब ४० किलोमीटर दूर कम्बोज समुदाई लोगो ने मुझे शहीद-इ-आज़म उधम सिंह के शाहदत दिवस पर विशेष रूप से आमंत्रित किया. उधम सिंह इसी समुदाई के थे. इस अवसर पर उपस्थित लोगों में बुजुर्गों की संक्या अधिक थी. उधम सिंह के नाम से एक भब्य धर्मशाला का निर्माण हुआ है. राज्य सभा के सांसद डॉ. राम प्रकाश जी का विशेष अनुरोध था. जीत सिंह, उधम सिंह के वंशज को भी में ले गया था. आज इस समुदाई के लोगों ने मुझे, मेरी पत्नी और पुत्र को अन्तह मन से आशीर्वाद दिया क्योंकि हम तीनो ने उधम सिंह के वंशज को ढूंढ़ कर और पाने पुस्तक के माध्यम से एक नई जिन्दगी पिछले १३ अप्रैल को दी थी. लोगों की तायदाद हजारों में थी. हमारे आन्दोलन:एक पुस्तक से को बहुत आगे तक ले जाने के लिए सबो ने अपनी प्रतिबध्हता दिखाई और कहा "कम्बोज समुदाई इस प्रयास में आपके साथ है, पैसे की कमी नहीं होगी इस आन्दोलन को."

मेरे जीवन का पहला सम्मान: आज कुरुक्षेत्र से करीब ४० किलोमीटर दूर कम्बोज समुदाई लोगो ने मुझे शहीद-इ-आज़म उधम सिंह के शाहदत दिवस पर विशेष रूप से आमंत्रित किया. उधम सिंह इसी समुदाई के थे. इस अवसर पर उपस्थित लोगों में बुजुर्गों की संक्या अधिक थी. उधम सिंह के नाम से एक भब्य धर्मशाला का निर्माण हुआ है. राज्य सभा के सांसद डॉ. राम प्रकाश जी का विशेष अनुरोध था. जीत सिंह, उधम सिंह के वंशज को भी में ले गया था. आज इस समुदाई के लोगों ने मुझे, मेरी पत्नी और पुत्र को अन्तह मन से आशीर्वाद दिया क्योंकि हम तीनो ने उधम सिंह के वंशज को ढूंढ़ कर और पाने पुस्तक के माध्यम से एक नई जिन्दगी पिछले १३ अप्रैल को दी थी. लोगों की तायदाद हजारों में थी. हमारे आन्दोलन:एक पुस्तक से को बहुत आगे तक ले जाने के लिए सबो ने अपनी प्रतिबध्हता दिखाई और कहा "कम्बोज समुदाई इस प्रयास में आपके साथ है, पैसे की कमी नहीं होगी इस आन्दोलन को."

मेरे जीवन का पहला सम्मान: आज कुरुक्षेत्र से करीब ४० किलोमीटर दूर कम्बोज समुदाई लोगो ने मुझे शहीद-इ-आज़म उधम सिंह के शाहदत दिवस पर विशेष रूप से आमंत्रित किया. उधम सिंह इसी समुदाई के थे. इस अवसर पर उपस्थित लोगों में बुजुर्गों की संक्या अधिक थी. उधम सिंह के नाम से एक भब्य धर्मशाला का निर्माण हुआ है. राज्य सभा के सांसद डॉ. राम प्रकाश जी का विशेष अनुरोध था. जीत सिंह, उधम सिंह के वंशज को भी में ले गया था. आज इस समुदाई के लोगों ने मुझे, मेरी पत्नी और पुत्र को अन्तह मन से आशीर्वाद दिया क्योंकि हम तीनो ने उधम सिंह के वंशज को ढूंढ़ कर और पाने पुस्तक के माध्यम से एक नई जिन्दगी पिछले १३ अप्रैल को दी थी. लोगों की तायदाद हजारों में थी. हमारे आन्दोलन:एक पुस्तक से को बहुत आगे तक ले जाने के लिए सबो ने अपनी प्रतिबध्हता दिखाई और कहा "कम्बोज समुदाई इस प्रयास में आपके साथ है, पैसे की कमी नहीं होगी इस आन्दोलन को."

मेरे जीवन का पहला सम्मान: आज कुरुक्षेत्र से करीब ४० किलोमीटर दूर कम्बोज समुदाई लोगो ने मुझे शहीद-इ-आज़म उधम सिंह के शाहदत दिवस पर विशेष रूप से आमंत्रित किया. उधम सिंह इसी समुदाई के थे. इस अवसर पर उपस्थित लोगों में बुजुर्गों की संक्या अधिक थी. उधम सिंह के नाम से एक भब्य धर्मशाला का निर्माण हुआ है. राज्य सभा के सांसद डॉ. राम प्रकाश जी का विशेष अनुरोध था. जीत सिंह, उधम सिंह के वंशज को भी में ले गया था. आज इस समुदाई के लोगों ने मुझे, मेरी पत्नी और पुत्र को अन्तह मन से आशीर्वाद दिया क्योंकि हम तीनो ने उधम सिंह के वंशज को ढूंढ़ कर और पाने पुस्तक के माध्यम से एक नई जिन्दगी पिछले १३ अप्रैल को दी थी. लोगों की तायदाद हजारों में थी. हमारे आन्दोलन:एक पुस्तक से को बहुत आगे तक ले जाने के लिए सबो ने अपनी प्रतिबध्हता दिखाई और कहा "कम्बोज समुदाई इस प्रयास में आपके साथ है, पैसे की कमी नहीं होगी इस आन्दोलन को."

मेरे जीवन का पहला सम्मान: आज कुरुक्षेत्र से करीब ४० किलोमीटर दूर कम्बोज समुदाई लोगो ने मुझे शहीद-इ-आज़म उधम सिंह के शाहदत दिवस पर विशेष रूप से आमंत्रित किया. उधम सिंह इसी समुदाई के थे. इस अवसर पर उपस्थित लोगों में बुजुर्गों की संक्या अधिक थी. उधम सिंह के नाम से एक भब्य धर्मशाला का निर्माण हुआ है. राज्य सभा के सांसद डॉ. राम प्रकाश जी का विशेष अनुरोध था. जीत सिंह, उधम सिंह के वंशज को भी में ले गया था. आज इस समुदाई के लोगों ने मुझे, मेरी पत्नी और पुत्र को अन्तह मन से आशीर्वाद दिया क्योंकि हम तीनो ने उधम सिंह के वंशज को ढूंढ़ कर और पाने पुस्तक के माध्यम से एक नई जिन्दगी पिछले १३ अप्रैल को दी थी. लोगों की तायदाद हजारों में थी. हमारे आन्दोलन:एक पुस्तक से को बहुत आगे तक ले जाने के लिए सबो ने अपनी प्रतिबध्हता दिखाई और कहा "कम्बोज समुदाई इस प्रयास में आपके साथ है, पैसे की कमी नहीं होगी इस आन्दोलन को."

Thursday, July 14, 2011

उधम सिंह के पौत्र श्री जीत सिंह को एक लाख रूपये की फिर सहायता

इनसे मिलिए. ये हैं प्रोफ़ेसर राम प्रकाश जी. भारतीय संसद के उपरी सदन (राज्य सभा) के माननीय सदस्य. आज इन्होने मुझे अपने घर बुलाया और "आन्दोलन:एक पुस्तक से" की गहराई तक की जानकारी ली. दो घंटे के बातचीत के दौरान कई बार इन्होने अश्रुपूरित आँखों से शहीदों को नमन किया. यह शहीद-इ-आज़म उधम सिंह के नाम पर राजस्थान में एक धर्मशाला बना रहे हैं और साथ ही अपने निजी कोष से उधम सिंह के पोते जीत सिंह जी को एक लाख रुपये सहायता राशि प्रदान करेंगे. जीत सिंह जी को हमने जल्लिंवाला बाग कांड के ९२ साल और उधम सिंह के शहीद होने के ७२ साल बाद १३ अप्रैल २१०० को अपने प्रयास (Forgotten Indian Heroes and Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947) से एक नई जिन्दगी देने की कोशिश की और ११.५० लाख एकत्रित रुपये लोकमत समाचारपत्र के मालिक श्री विजय जनार्दन दरदा जी के हाथों समर्पित किया. श्री राम प्रकाश जी ३० जुलाई (इसी तारीख को उधम सिंह को फांसी लगी थी) को यह नेक कार्य संपन्न करेंगे.

Monday, July 11, 2011

स्वतंत्रता संग्राम के शहीदों के भूले-बिसरे वंशजों पर फीचर फिल्म

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1857 में हुए भारत के प्रथम स्वतंत्रता संग्राम के महानायक तात्यां टोपे और जलियांवाला बाग कांड का बदला लेने वाले शहीद-ए-आज़म उधम सिंह का नाम तो आज भी देश भर में बच्चे-बच्चे की जुबान पर है, लेकिन आजादी के लिए अपने तन-मन-धन का बलिदान कर देने वाले इन शहीदों के वंशज़ आज किस बदहाली में अपना जीवन गुजार रहे हैं, यह किसी ने सोचा तक नहीं है। करीब एक सदी तक चले स्वतंत्रता संग्राम के ऐसे अनेकों क्रान्तिकारी थे जिनके परिवारवालों और वंशजों को किसी ने याद नहीं रखा। इन भूले-बिसरे परिजनों और वंशजों की बदहाली को मशहूर पत्रकार शिवनाथ झा एक फीचर फिल्म के माध्यम से बयां करने की तैयारी में हैं।
झा के मुताबिक “डिस्ग्रेसफुल” (अपमानजनक) नाम की इस फिल्म के माध्यम से भारत को आजादी दिलाने वाले ऐसे शहीदों, महापुरुषों और क्रान्तिकारियों के 22 वंशजों से बातचीत के आधार पर उन परिवारों की मौजूदा दुर्दशा को झलकाने का प्रयास किया जाएगा जिनके पुरखो ने 1857 से 1947 तक चले स्वतंत्रता संग्राम में अपना जीवन न्यौछावर कर दिया। शिवनाथ झा ने मीडिया दरबार को बताया कि उन्होंने इस फिल्म की योजना 2009 में ही बना ली थी, लेकिन इसे अंजाम तक लाने में दो साल लग गए।  इस से पहले वे अपनी पत्नी नीना झा के साथ मिलकर “आन्दोलन: एक पुस्तक से” नामक अभियान भी शुरू कर चुके हैं। झा के मुताबिक यह फिल्म भी उसी अभियान का एक हिस्सा है।
झा ने बताया की यह फिल्म उन 22 परिवारों के सदस्यों से बातचीत पर आधारित होगी जो स्वतंत्रता सेनानियों की मौजूदा पीढ़ियों का प्रतिनिधित्व कर रहे हैं और गुमनामी में बदहाल जीवन बिता रहे हैं। उन्होंने कहा कि दिवंगत पूर्व राष्ट्रपति के आर नारायणन ने एक बार कहा था कि भुला दिए गए राष्ट्रनायकों के परिवारों को “राष्ट्रीय परिवार” का दर्जा दिया जाना चाहिए। फिल्म में उनकी इस भावना को भी आगे रखने का प्रयास किया जाएगा।.
झा दम्पति ने देश में संगीतकारों और कलाकारों के लिए तथा बुरे हाल में रह रहे शहीदों के वंशजों के पुनर्वास के मकसद से अपना आन्दोलन शुरू किया था जिसमे प्रयेक वर्ष एक किताब के माध्यम से ऐसे लोगों को पुनर्वासित करने का संकल्प रखा गया है। दोनों ने हाल ही में एक पुस्तक फॉर्गौटेन इंडियन हीरोज़ एंड मार्टियर्स: देयर नेग्लेक्टेड डिसेंडेंट्स – 1857-1947 का विमोचन किया और इस मौके पर शहीद-ए-आज़म उधम सिंह के पौत्र जीत सिंह को 11लाख 50 हजार रुपये की सहायता भी लोकमत समाचार पत्र समूह के मालिक विजय जे डरडा के हाथों प्रदान करवाया।
57 साल के जीत सिंह का ज़िक्र करते हुए झा ने बताया कि जलियांवाला बाग कांड के दोषी अंग्रेज अधिकारी जनरल डायर से बदला लेने वाले शहीद उधम सिंह के इस वंशज को भुला दिया गया है और कितनी बड़ी विडम्बना है कि उनके पौत्र का परिवार मज़दूरी के दम पर चलता था।
झा ने स्वतंत्रता सेनानी तात्यां टोपे की चौथी पीढ़ी के वंशज विनायक राव टोपे का पता 2007 में लगाया था जो कि कानपुर के पास बिठूर में बदहाली में रह रहे थे। झा ने विनायक राव के पुनर्वास की दिशा में काम किया और उन्हें 5 लाख रूपए की आर्थिक मदद दिलाने के अलावे उनकी दो बेटियों को भारतीय रेल में नौकरी दिलवाने में भी सफल रहे। इसके अलावा झा दम्पत्ति ने भारत के अंतिम मुग़ल बादशाह और 1857 के विद्रोहियों के कमांडर-इन-चीफ बहादुर शाह ज़फ़र की पौत्रवधू सुल्ताना बेगम के पुनर्वास के लिए भी काम किया था।

Sunday, May 22, 2011

आजादी के नायकों के वंशजों की दुर्दशा बयां करेगी फिल्म

 नई दिल्ली, ५ मई (भाषा) : देश के प्रथम स्वतंत्रता संग्राम के नायक तात्या टोपे की चौथी पीढ़ी के वंशज हों या जल्लिंवाला बाघ कांड का बदला लेने वाले शहीद-इ-आज़म उधम सिंह के पौत्र हों, स्वतंत्रता संग्राम के ऐसे अनेक क्रन्तिकरिओन के परिजनों और वंशजों के हाल को एक लागु फिल्म के माध्यम से बयां किया जायेगा.

फ़िल्मकार के अनुसार भारत की आजादी दिलाने वाले ऐसे शहीदों, महापुरुषों और क्रन्तिकरिओन के ३० वंशजों से बातचित के आधार पर उन परिपरों की मौजूदा दुर्दशा को झलकने का प्रयास किया  जायेगा, जिनकी पुरानी पीढ़ियों ने १८५७ से लेकर १९४७ तक के काल में देश को गुलामी के चंगुइल से मुक्ति कराने के लिए जान लड़ा दी थी लेकिन आज उन्हें भुला दिया गया है.

फिल्म को मूर्त रूप देने में लगे पत्रकार शिवनाथ झा ने इस से पहले अपनी पत्नी नीना झा के साथ मिलकर "आन्दोलन:एक पुस्तक से" नामक अभियान भी शुरू किया है. यह फिल्म भी उसका ही एक हिस्सा है. फिल्म को इस साल अगस्त में स्वतंत्रता दिवस से पहले प्रदर्शित करने की योजना है.

झा ने बताया की डेढ़ घंटे की यह लहू फिल्म उन ३० परिवारों के सदस्यों से बातचीत पर आधारित होगी जो स्वतंत्रता सेनानियों के मौजूदा पीढ़ियों का प्रतिनिधित्वा कर रहे हैं और कहीं ना कही गुमनामी में और बड़े हाल में रह रहे हैं.

उन्होंने कहा की दिवंगत पूर्व राष्ट्रपति के आर नारायणन ने एक बार कहा था की भुला दिए गए रस्त्रनायकों के परिवारों को "रास्ट्रीय परिवार" का दर्जा दिया जाना चाहिए . फिल्म में इस भावना को आगे रखने का प्रयास किया गया है.

झा दम्पति ने देश में संगीतकारों और कलाकारों के लिए तथा बुरे हाल में रह रहे शहीदों के वंशजों के पुनर्वास के मकसद से अपना आन्दोलन शुरू किया था जिसमे प्रयेक वर्ष एक किताब के माध्यम से ऐसे लोगों को पुनार्वषित करने का संकल्प है.

दोनों ने हाल ही में एक पुस्तक फोर्गोतें इंडियन हीरोज एंड मार्टियर्स : तहर नेग्लेक्टेड दिसेंदंत - १८५७-१९४७ का बिमोचन किया और इस मौके पर शहीद-इ-आज़म उधम सिंह के पौत्र जीत सिंह को ११.५ लाख रुपये की सहायता भी लोकमत समाचार पत्र समूह के मालिक विजय जे दरदा के हाथों प्रदान किया.

५७ साल के जीत सिंह का जिक्र करते हुए झा ने कहा को जल्लिंवाला बाघ कांड के दोषी अंग्रेज अधिकारी जनरल डायेर से बदला लेने वाले शहीद उधम सिंह को भुला दिया गया है और कितनी बड़ी बिडम्बना है की उनका पौत्र मजदूरी कर परिवार चलता था.

झा ने स्वतंत्रता सेनानी तात्या टोपे की चौथी पीढ़ी के वन्सः विनायक राव टोपे को २००७ में पाता लगाया था जो उनके मुताबिक कानपूर के पास बिठुर में ख़राब परिस्थिति में रह रहे थे. झा ने विनायक राव के पुनर्वास की दिशा में काम किया और ५ लाख रूपये की आर्थिक मदद के अलावे उनकी दो बेटियों को भारतीय रेल में नौकरी दिलाने में भी सफल रहे . इसके अतिरिक्त झा दम्न्पति ने भारत के अंतिम मुग़ल बादशाह और १८५७ के कमांडर इन  चीफ  बहादुर  शाह  ज़फ़र  के पौत्र बधू  सुल्ताना  बेगम  के पुनर्वास  के लिए भी काम किया.

उन्होंने कहा की सभी  वंशजों को एक साथ लाने  का प्रयास किया जायेगा

Saturday, April 16, 2011

आन्दोलन:एक पुस्तक से








Thursday, April 14, 2011

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs: Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947( By Shivnath and Neena Jha)


INAURURAL SPEECH at Press Club of India, New Delhi on 13th April 2011, Vaishakhi - 92-year after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre)
Esteemed ladies  and gentlemen ,
It is a pleasure  and indeed a privilege to  be a part of this book launch function.
Today is the 92nd anniversary of the bloody Vaishakhi day of April 13, 1919 which was a watershed day in India's history. Hundreds of peaceful demonstrators including men, women  and children - were massacred by the British imperialistic forces under General Michael  O’Dwyer at Jalianwala Bagh in Amritsar, Punjab. Those killed were largely the faceless people who had nurtured a dream of Freedom for the motherland.
It was twenty years later that their brutal murder was avenged by an inspired young man, Udham Singh, who killed Michael O’Dwyer and in the bargain, attained martyrdom.
Tragically, his selfless sacrifice for the cause of the country's freedom went unsung and as India got freedom, he sadly got confined to the dusty pages of history. It is indeed a grim irony that the grandson of a great hero of our freedom movement lives in penury, working as a labourer on daily wage.
Worst still , we are now quarreling over the caste of Bhagat Singh and Rajguru instead of doing something better to keep their memory alive. The same martyr  had thundered that
शहीदों की चिताओं पर लगेंगे हर बरस मेले
वतन पर मरने वालोंका यही बाकी निशान होगा/

The perfidy of those questioning the caste credentials of these freedom fighters  could only be summarized in two lines and that is
 साहिल पर जितने आब गज़ीदा थे सब के सब
 दरिया का रुख बदला तो तैरक बन गए

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have come a long way since India became independent on 15th August 1947. But it is ironical that the present generation of India does not even know how many young people and freedom fighters laid down their lives for the sake of the country. Even more ironical is the fact that not even five percent population of this huge nation actually remembers those who died during the freedom struggle.
How ironical it is that in every nook and corner of our cities, the statues and memorials of sundry politicians are erected, annual functions too are held with huge fanfare in their memory and remembrance but the people  who made the supreme sacrifice for the nation have been confined to the memory of their equally neglected heir!
How ironical it is that even artists and film stars, who have enacted the roles of these real-life heroes on the silver screen, should find their way into parliament through nominated seats while the heroes have been wiped out from the nation’s memory!
But then India has always remained a country of peculiar paradoxes and  catastrophic contradictions. I don’t wish to hurl or inflict a speech on those but then, it is  important to bring  forth a few points for your kind consideration and soul searching
India is being touted as the faster merging Superpower with the size of its  economy touching over $3 trillion and yet it ranks 119 among 169 countries in human development index at per UN report of 2010 and is much lower to China which stands at 89th place..
The latest world Bank data indicates that every fourth person in India lives below poverty line and earns less than a Dollar a day. In other words, approximately 42 per cent population of rural India lives below poverty line. !
Three persons out of every hundred in India go hungry and India has the highest number of undernourished people  in the whole world.
Our progress in higher education and science and technology has been stupendous and yet,  half of the world’s  illiterates live in India. In other worlds, we have 307 million illiterates.
India sends the largest number of students to USA, UK , Canada and even Australia for various kinds of specialized field and university education and yet more than 1.7 crore children in rural areas  don’t have access to schools.
We have  one of the best chains of government  private hospitals and we have been practicing tele-medicine as well.  We have been  talking about harvesting rainfall, water conservation and river linking projects and already sunk a few thousand crore rupees in those projects. Yet, more than 318 million people in the country do not have access to safe drinking water and  over 260 million people do not have and 250million people do not have access to basic medical care. More than 46 percent of infants in India have no standard immunization programmes.
Worst still, 630 million people do not have access to acceptable sanitation facilities and children and women still defecate at public places.
It is nice to see world class super  markets, food chains and  malls where our urban youngsters gloat over the choice of toppings on their pizzas, ice cream and  macaroni and spaghetti. Yet, 51 percent children in the age group of 5 to10 years remain undernourished.
India is among the largest producers of engineers and scientists in the world. Yet,52 per cent primary schools have only one teacher for every two classes.
Our bureaucrats and politicians van have the choice of Bungalows in Lutyen’s  Delhi and can splash money on any thing under the sun one pretext or the other. Yet 300 million people  live on hardly Rs 454 per month as their earning and with no money for their clothing, schooling for their children, shelter and medicine.
But then, we have 2G scam, antrix, CVC, CGW and a plethora of other scandals and scams belittling us everyday at international level. The land of सत्यमेव जयते  has become a paradise for practicing असत्य सर्वत्र पूजयेत. No wonder then that we are still hostage to the Agrarian reforms in Punjab being studied and seen from the prism of Cambridge(Manmohan Singh) and the concept of community living in Chinkponkli(mumbai slum) seen and sermonized by our innovators(Sam Pitroda) from the binoculars of Chicago. As a result, the people at the top are still trying to save their skin through their अश्वत्थामा हत  नरोवा कुन्जरोवा style of functioning. The spontaneous support to Anna hazare on the Lok Pal bill issue   is the barometer of the sign of frustration of a common  man who is now convinced that अजा पुत्रं बालिंग ददात देवो दुर्बल घातकः
When it comes to media, India has the distinction of having more than 66,875 publications in various languages, it has more than 76  24X7 new channels dishing out all kinds of news and information. India can boast of 598 Fm radio stations in 175 cities and it would reach 800 mark in another 2 years.
Yet journalism in India  is being accused of fast becoming a joke and the media houses  are being accused of behaving like a gang of mercenaries.  The fact is that if Media is being accused of turning even a trivia into titanic every now and then  the  politicians  should also take the blame for continuous biting and bullying though the camera.
 When  I opened my eyes in the early 1980s in the world of journalism, I had pioneers like Sham lal and Gorge Vergeuse as my icons. Over the years there has been a sea change in the  stance and tenor of media and as well as  its character, credentials and credibility.….
जब तक न कुछ लोगों से  मुलाकात हुयी थी
मैं भी ये समझता था,खुदा सबसे बड़ा है
This book is a resounding rebuff to those allegations and accusations and goes on to prove that idealism and those lofty values are still alive in Indian journalism.
But I am still wondering as to what prompted Shivnath to ask me to write the Preface of this book as I am sure, there are more erudite and conscientious scholars and intellectuals who could  have perhaps done a better job than me.
Let me admit however that I have read Shivnath more than I have known him personally. He has always been a very hard nut to crack and  I have always been impressed by his fierce sense of conviction and professional integrity. I have seen him resigning from his job at the drop of a hat and this streak of madness in him has more often  impelled him to plough the lonely furrow and wade through those dangerous paths where even the most daring ones feel daunted. But then Shivanath is that breed of journalists which doesn’t preaches  but always practices what is said as:
हिम्मत से सच कहो तो बुरा मानते हैं लोग
रो रो के बात कहने की मेरी आदत नहीं रही
Whether it was Mohd, jamil Akbar, or Vir Sanghvi, hare krishan dua or even Shekhar gupta, Shivnath always  lived like a stormy petrel and never compromised on even one sentence of any story that he wrote. He paid heavy price at times for his obduracy  even as he was advised by his seniors that while some are wise, others are otherwise and it takes a lot of pain and push to survive as a scribe. Bu then he has always been a votary of those famous four lines of  Pakistani Shayar Ehsan Danish who said:
मंसब तो हमें मिल सकते थे,लेकिन शर्त हुजूरी थी
यह शर्त हमें मंज़ूर नहींबस इनती ही मजबूरी थी
It is indeed incredible that a 11 year old boy picks up Dr Haivandsh rai Bachhan’s  Madhushala to chart out his path in life and find that in these four lines:
मदिरालय जाने को घर सेचलता है पीनेवाला
किस पथ से जायुं ,असमंजस में है वो भोलाभाला
अलग अलग पथ सब बतलातेपर में ये बतलाता हूँ
राह  पकड़ तू एक चला चल,पा  जायेगा मधुशाला
What is all the more astounding is that he has been  continuing his journey even today with the same zeal of a zealot   and the devotion of a devout: 
During  this  course of journey, Shivnath faced countless hurdles and I have been a witness to some of his moments of  trials and tribulations, despair and despondency as well. There was a moment  when he almost thought of giving up the  project as he learnt it hard way that:
साहिल के तमाशाई हर डूबने वाले पर
अफ़सोस तो करते हैंइमदाद नहीं करते
I always hoped and prayed that at least  a few large hearted souls in Delhi would come forward to lend a helping hand to Shivnath and this book would see the light of the day soon. Right from top politicians to businessmen and even those so called philanthropist continued to promise him a moon in the afternoon but none of them could keep their words. I had cautioned him once that Delhi is a peculiar place where:
हर मोड़ पर मिल जाते हैं हमदर्द हज़ारों
लगता है इस बस्ती मेंअदाकार बहुत ह 

Interestingly, the help came from Mr Vijay Darda, MP who is also a part of the journalistic fraternity with his Lokmat times Group and who has agreed to rehabilitate Mr jeet Singh as a part of his solemn duty. 
I come from the Land of Chanakya ,who . in his magnum opus, Artha shastra says:
सत्येन धार्यते प्रिथ्विःसत्येन तपते रविः
सत्येन वाति वायुश्चासर्व सत्येन प्रतिष्ठितम //
Ladies and Gentlemen,  may I please request you to join  me in wishing Shivnath more such eventful journey in the days ahead and undertake such tasks  with more courage and strength.
Thanks very much for your patience.  !!
Ajay N Jha
Former Advisor to Speaker, Lok Sabha and Operating Head of Lok Sabha TV

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

हमारा चौथा प्रयास: जीत सिंह को एक नई जिन्दगी देने का एक सफल प्रयास:Martyr Udham Singh honoured

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

Forgotten Indian Heroes & Martyrs:Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947, a coffee-table book, compiled, edited and published by a Delhi journalist couple Shivnath Jha and Neena Jha under the aegis of “Andolan:Ek Pustak Se” has changed the destiny of Jeet Singh, grandson of Amar Shaheed Udham Singh.

New Delhi, Apr 13 (PTI) Udham Singh might have borne the burden of avenging one of the most gruesome colonial acts in Indian history--the infamous Jalianwala Bagh massacre--but his descendants were condemned to carry the burden of penury. When journalist author Shivnath Jha located Jeet Singh two years ago, he was working as a labourer at a construction site in Punjab. 
Jeet Singh is no ordinary Indian but grandson of India''s freedom struggle martyr Udham Singh, who shot and killed Michael O''Dwyer, who as Lieutenant Governor of Punjab endorsed the massacre on Baisakhi day in 1919. 
The 55-year-old grandson of Udham Singh lives in Sangrur village of Punjab with his two sons, all of whom live a miserable life despite promises of succour by government functionaries, including late President Giani Zail Singh. 
Rajya Sabha MP and founder of the Lokmat media group Vijay Darda today honoured the memory of Udham Singh on the occasion of Baisakhi by handing over to Jeet Singh a cheque of Rs 11 lakh, collected through contributions by his media group and from some individual philanthropists. 
''Forgotten Indian Heroes and Martyrs: Their Neglected Descendants-1857-1947''- a pictorial coffee-table book chronicling the lives of more than 22 such families of descendants of the martyrs of India''s freedom struggle, compiled by Jha and his wife Neena, was also launched by Singh and Darda jointly. 
Jeet Singh was moved to tears at the felicitation and he mumbled "it feels good to be respected and loved by the people of the country".
The book, Jha says, is part of his attempts to bring to light the miserable conditions of such families and bring some dignity to their lives. "There is nothing about Udham Singh in this book that people do not already know. I have but changed the perspective of the story (by encapsulating the present lives of his descendants)," said Jha. 
The coffee-table book is the fifth in a series of books, which began with a ''Monograph'' on legendary Shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan. 
"The least one would expect any government to do is to identify the families of these heroes and to give them a pride of place in all national functions. Needless to say their education and medical care should be the responsibility of the state," he said. Darda said he will take up the cause of these martyrs'' families in Parliament and will try to work for their rehabilitiation. 
"The neglect of Jeet Singh is an example of a black page in our system--one of which we have to be ashamed of," said Darda. "If the government can take care of its Parliamentarians for life, don''t the families of our national heroes need some attention. I hope various state governments will wake up to the cause of such families," said Darda. PTI WAJ/NES