Thursday, April 22, 2010

Unsung Hero

Saraswati Rajamani’s family is from Trichy, Tamilnadu. Her father was involved in the Indian freedom movement. The British were looking for him. In order to escape from the British, he ran away to Burma with his wife.

Saraswati and her sister were born in Burma. Her father started a business and it flourished very well. He became one of the richest person in Burma.

In the meantime, Netaji Subash Chandra Bose organized the Indian National Army and started to fight the British. He came to Burma and spoke in a meeting. He mesmerized the audience with his narration of the sufferings of Indians and his plans to drive the British out of India. Young Saraswati was moved by his speech. Since she was a very rich girl, she had diamond jewelries from head to toe. She removed all the diamonds and gave to Netaji to be used by the Indian National Army.

Saraswati joined the Indian National Army and rose to the rank of Captain in the INA’s Burma regiment. She became chief of the espionage operations for the INA.

Saraswati and her family lost all the money for the cause of India’s independence. While rescuing some INA soldiers during a bombing raid, 3 bullets went into her right leg. The doctors removed these 3 bullets. Since then she is unable to walk properly.

After independence, she came back to India and settled in Chennai. During the struggle for independence, there was acute shortage of clothes. So, Saraswati knows the importance of clothes. Even at this old age, she goes to tailor shops and collects fabrics that are rejected by them. She makes clothes from them and donates to orphanages.

She gets a meager pension as a freedom fighter. During the tsunami time, she donated her one month pension and lived by drinking tea only for a month.

She is a real unsung hero.

23 comments:

  1. interesting facts..she is a brave lady; taking three bullets..and surviving on tea for a month - that's indeed something..

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  2. Kudos to to this Great Lady. I feel media should bring about news on such people which would inspire many.
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    Thanks for sharing about this great person. I bow my head before her who is doing yeomen of service even in old age.

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  3. I did not know all these. Shame on me!!! There might be lot of unsung heroes as these in nooks and corners of our country.

    Few of them, by their virtues are famous and we celebrate them..but folks as these...Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  4. Thanks for your comments Neha. She is indeed a brave lady.

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  5. Thanks for your comments Chitra. Yes, these people inspire a lot of us.

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  6. Thanks for your comments Titaxy. She is a wonderful person.

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  7. Thanks for your comments Insignia. Yes, there are many unsung heroes. They lead their own normal day to day life. I am happy to share information about this wonderful person.

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  8. Beautiful and the most informative post I have read since I started blogging. I would have never found out about it.

    Very good job SG and I thank you for posting it.

    Also the post is very well written. Simple language, short sentences with the complete history.

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  9. Great lady, SG! Thanks for sharing this information. I have never read about her anywhere. Our wholehearted namaskaarams to her.

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  10. :(

    Your write up puts light on the way the authorities treat the persons who fought and gave up their life to give us freedom and enjoy it in all its glory.

    She survived on tea, I dont know how many of us has donated for when such a crisis happened for the nation.


    You are really doing a good job by blogging about such heroes.

    I think keeping the nation united and away from the manipulation of politicians is one factor for the Youngistan.

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  11. Thanks for your comments A. And, welcome to my blog. I am glad you liked the content and my writing style. Gives me more encouragement.

    A, please visit this as often as you can. Thanks.

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  12. Thanks for your comments Sandhya. And, she indeed is a great lady. I heard she lives somewhere in Royapettah. (For non Chennai people: This is an area in Chennai.)

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  13. Thanks for your comments Sorcerer. And, welcome to my blog. You are correct. Many freedom fighters are not treated properly in india. Yes, we should keep the nation away from the manipulation of the politicians.

    Sorcerer, please visit here as often as you can. Thanks.

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  14. Hi, any chance you can help me get in touch with her?

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  15. Really.Salute to this woman.Recently I have seen a serial about her life.?Nice to see.

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  16. Hello All, I just saw a documentary on her yesterday and I along with my wife desperately want to meet her. Can anyone pls help me with her whereabouts. Unable to figure out the same in google..

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  17. I wish to donate something for this lady. Does anyone know how can I proceed?

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  18. anyone knows her address ?

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  19. i saw the episode on her in Adrishya in Epic channel...amazing hero...but then all of Netaji's associates are heroes by their own right...hope India recognizes the sacrifices of INA

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  20. What an amazing lady. Just saw her documentary. Salute to her and many unsung heroes who gave their lives for our country. Proud to be Indian.God bless u.

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  21. Can anyone in Chennai meet her on our behalf (if alive)? We are doing a feature, do write to us at - faujimagazine@gmail.com

    view us at - https://faujimagazine.blogspot.in

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