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Paying tribute to India’s freedom fighters

B. R. Yawankar

Solapur, Maharashtra

May 22, 2023 to May 22, 2024

B.R. Yawankar, a relatively lesser-known figure in the Indian independence movement, made notable contributions that played a vital role in shaping the larger picture of India's struggle for freedom.

On May 10, 1937, Yawankar urged the people of Pandharpur not to celebrate the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, arguing that such celebrations would signify acceptance of British colonialism. He encouraged the masses to boycott the event and praised those who followed his call. In the early 1940s, as the flames of Azadi spread across the country, Yawankar joined the struggle, offering his Satyagraha and propagating anti-war sentiments. As a result of his activism, he was arrested on May 6, 1941, and sentenced to four months of rigorous imprisonment. Upon his release, he continued participating in the national movement and was detained again on September 14, 1942, at Yerwada prison under Rule 26 of the Defence of India rules. Despite lacking information about his life, B.R. Yawankar's contributions to India's freedom struggle were significant, and his sacrifices deserve recognition. Like many other local freedom fighters, he played a crucial role in shaping India's future alongside more well-known figures. Therefore, it is essential to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of figures like Yawankar to the Indian independence movement.

Despite the lack of comprehensive records about his life, it is vital to recognize and appreciate the sacrifices made by figures like Yawankar, who helped shape India's history.