25 MARCH Dr. USHA MEHTA (1920 to 2000)
Usha Mehta was born on 25 March 1920 in Saras village near Surat (Gujarat). At heart, she was a Gandhian from the early age of 8 years. From picketing liquor shops to raising the slogan “Simon Go Back”, she threw herself into the Freedom Movement. Popularly known as Ushaben, she was well known for organising the Secret Congress Radio, which she and her associates began on 14 August 1942, during the Quit India Movement. They broadcast news about the ongoing events, urging people to join the resistance. Though the underground radio station functioned only for three months, it was effective in spreading uncensored news and other information banned by the British authorities. In 1998, the Government of India conferred Usha Mehta with the Padma Vibhushan. She passed away on 11 August 2000.
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The last emperor of the Mughal Empire and the prominent face of India's first war of independence.
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A small town on the banks of River Ganga, near Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Bithoor is a place of great religious and historical importance.
Step into the captivating history of the four queens who ruled in succession. Begums of Bhopal were known to be competent rulers as they redefined the city of Bhopal and maintained respectable relations with the British
The story of a 15th century poet-saint whose social and spiritual ideas were communicated through his poetry and continue to inspire even now.
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