We owe a lot to the sweat and tears and the tremendous sacrifices of the great men and women and the innumerable unknown soldiers of the epic freedom struggle for the freedom we enjoy today. It was, by no means, a small endeavour as they gambled with an uncertain future and found themselves pitted against the greatest and mightiest empire in history.
But their iron resolve to sacrifice everything they cherished in life overpowered the bullying and insolent might of the Empire. Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the famous Salt Satyagraha and the Quit India Movement are just a few cases of bravery where a subject race loudly proclaimed to the world that freedom was more important than anything else.
Long before the old colonies in Africa woke up to the drum beats of freedom, Gandhiji appeared on the political scene of South Africa fighting for the oppressed compatriots who had settled down in Pretoria, Cape Town and Johannesburg. He was humiliated and bludgeoned and deprived of basic rights, yet this frail man stood up to the contumely of the white rulers who had laid down different rules to discriminate the Negroes and the coloured Indian settlers.
The sufferings of his countrymen in South Africa steeled Gandhiji's resolve to fight the prolonged war against British colonialism. What shocked the colonial masters was that, here was an ordinary man who was prepared to fight the inveterate enemy with no weapon save the invincible weapons of truth and non-violence. At last this great Mahatma laid down his life so that his country might live as are independent country.
Gandhiji was not alone, there were several others who rallied under the banner of freedom-leaders like Lala Lajpat Rai who succumbed for injuries inflicted by lathi charges, the several hundred who courted jail like Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajendra Prasad, and the three great warrior; Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Chandrasekhar Azad who suffered martyrdom for the sake of the nation's emancipation.