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Jeet Ram

Charkhi Dadri, Haryana

September 19, 2023 to September 19, 2024

Jeet Ram, the son of Ude Ram, was born in 1914 into a humble farmer's family. Access to higher education was limited, with high schools mainly concentrated in major cities. As a result, he received only primary education in his native village of Mankawas. Inspired by a deep sense of patriotism, he decided to take action. In 1932, he enlisted in the 4 Jat Regiment in Bareilly, India. During this period, India was under British colonial rule, which he strongly opposed.

The year 1939 marked the beginning of World War II and movements for India's Independence gained momentum in various regions. He joined the I.N.A, under the leadership of Mohan Singh, and the Azad Hind Fauj (Indian National Army or INA) was formed, with four brigades ready to wage war against the British.

On 7 July 1943, General Tojo was welcomed in the presence of Netaji (Subhas Chandra Bose). This marked the beginning of a fierce battle, with the Azad Hind Fauj advancing and capturing Kohima, Tado, and Manipur. Despite facing hunger and thirst, the determined soldiers continued to fight, even resorting to eating straws when food supplies ran low. Rasbihari Bose assumed command of the army during this challenging period. When the soldiers' morale began to waver, Subhas Chandra Bose delivered a radio broadcast, assuring them that India would soon achieve freedom. This message reinvigorated their spirits. After Japan's defeat, all the soldiers, including Jeet were taken prisoner and held in jails at various locations, including Rangoon, Malaya, and Kawalamalampur. Jeet Ram was married to Chadrawati.

Jeet Ram passed away on 11 February 1987.

Medal given by Government of Haryana in 1992.

Source:  Prakash Sangwan, Contributor for CCRT