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Paying tribute to India’s freedom fighters

Mahendra Pratap Singh

Hathras, Uttar Pradesh

November 11, 2021 to December 31, 2021

Mahendra Pratap Singh was an Indian freedom fighter, journalist, writer, revolutionary, President in the Provisional Government of India, which served as the Indian Government in exile during World War I, and social reformist in the Republic of India. He also formed the Executive Board of India in Japan in 1940 during the Second World War, and also took part in the Balkan War in the year 1911 along with his fellow students of MAO college.

Raja Mahendra Pratap was also deeply involved with the Swadeshi movement and would constantly promote small industries with indigenous goods and local artisans. Deeply influenced by the speeches of Dadabhai Naoroji, Bal Gangadhar Tilak among others, Mahendra Pratap started the movement to burn the foreign-made clothes in his state.

Pratap also visited foreign countries in an attempt to obtain support for India in its struggle for freedom. He also visited a military camp near the Polish border in order to gain knowledge about the army policies and its functioning.

He was nominated for Noble Peace Prize in 1932. In recognition of his services, the government of India issued postage stamps in his honor.