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Paying tribute to India’s freedom fighters

Yasudev Dattatraya Shrialkar

Kolhapur, Maharashtra

May 22, 2023 to May 22, 2024

Yasudev Dattatraya Shrialkar's involvement in the civil disobedience movement was a reflection of the widespread discontent among the Indian people against the oppressive British rule. At only 17 years old, he showed great courage and conviction in his support of the movement.

Yasudev was a passionate speaker who gave powerful speeches supporting the movement, and he was not afraid to take action to back up his words. He participated in processions and other activities that were considered illegal under British rule. It was during one of these processions that he was arrested and prosecuted under section 17(2) of the Criminal Law Amendment Act. Despite facing the possibility of imprisonment and other severe penalties, Yasudev remained committed to the cause of Indian independence. His courage and conviction inspired others to join the movement and fight for their rights. His sacrifices and contributions to the freedom struggle serve as a reminder of the bravery and selflessness of countless young Indians who fought against British oppression. Yasudev's two-year sentence of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of fifty rupees did not deter him from continuing to fight for Indian independence. He emerged from prison with even greater determination to bring about change in his country. He went on to become an important leader in Kolhapur, continuing to work for the betterment of his people and the fight against British rule.

Today, Yasudev Dattatraya Shrialkar's name may not be as well-known as some of the other freedom fighters, but his contributions to the cause of Indian independence were no less significant.