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  • Writer's pictureYatharth Dey

ARUNA ASAF ALI – GRAND OLD LADY OF INDIAN INDEPENDENCE


Aruna Asaf Ali, one of the main female figures of India's freedom movement, was a progressive Leftist who got the mantle of administration during the Quit India Movement in 1942. She gave the Quit India movement its popular image and was acknowledged for her independent streak.

Raised in a liberal, upper-caste Bengali family that was part of the Brahmo Samaj and related to Rabindranath Tagore, Aruna Ganguly was extremely well educated. She wedded Asaf Ali, an individual from the Congress most popular for safeguarding Bhagat Singh. He was 23 years her senior and passed away in 1953. Through Asaf Ali, Aruna related with the heads of the Indian opportunity battle and turned into a functioning individual from the Congress.


She turned into an individual from Indian National Congress and took part in open parades during the Salt Satyagraha. She was taken captive under the charge of being a transient and thus not delivered in 1931 under the Gandhi–Irwin Pact which specified the arrival of every political detainee. She laid the condition that she wouldn't leave unless different ladies’ co-detainees would leave the premises with her and gave in solely after Mahatma Gandhi interceded.

In 1932, she was captured again and held in Tihar Jail, where she dispatched a hunger strike to fight the treatment of other political detainees. She was moved to isolation in Ambala and was politically dormant after her delivery for a long time until the Quit India Movement.

In the years that followed, Aruna kept on adding to the opportunity battle in innumerable ways. On August 8, INC launched its full-blown ‘Quit India’ movement at the Bombay session. In a bid to pre-empt the achievement of the development, the British reacted to the affirmation by capturing all its significant chiefs, including Gandhi and Nehru. As such, there was no one left to push the movement.


She is widely remembered for hoisting the Indian National flag at the Gowalia Tank Maidan, Bombay during the Quit India Movement in 1942. As the information on the banner raising spread quickly, unconstrained dissent and hartals emitted across the city in spite of the shortfall of direct authority. Aruna went underground. The British government posted a reward for her capture but she was successful in eluding the police. During her time in hiding, Aruna used underground radio, pamphlets, and magazines to continue the struggle. Post-autonomy, she stayed dynamic in legislative issues, turning into Delhi's first mayor. Looking at her determination and struggles to make India free incites me to have the same amount of love for my nation and to thank such unsung freedom fighters who worked fearlessly.



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