Rehmat Ali – India’s first revolutionary martyr

Rehmat Ali Wajidke was member of the Ghadar (Revolution) Party that was formed in North America in 1913 by immigrants from Indian sub-continent against the British colonial authority in Delhi. He was hanged by the British Raj on March 27, 1915 on his return to India for his participation in the party which was declared as a terrorist organization bent on overthrowing British colonial empire.

After the partition of British colonized India in August 1947, Rehmat Ali Wajidke’s family migrated to Pakistan leaving its ancestral town of Barnala (Indian Punjab). Sarwan Singh Aujla, former principal Wajidke Public High School in Barnal is author of Rehmat Ali Wajidke’ biography in Punjabi poetry.

Aujla also located Wajidke’s family in Pakistan and brought it to Indian state of Punjab where it was honored by Punjab government as family of India’s hero who gave his life for the country.

On October 12, 2017, Vancouver-based Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) honored Sarwan Singh Aujla, for keeping the story of Rehmat Ali Wajidke alive.

Accepting the honor, Aujla said: “Today when the Hindu nationalists are in power in India, we need to remind our younger generation that men like Wajidke and not the RSS played a significant role during the freedom movement. This has become important as the Hindutva forces continue to question the patriotism of Muslims.”

When Wajidke was hanged, there was another freedom activist, Chaudhry Rehmat Ali, 20, (died in 1951) who was in favor a separate country for Indian Muslims. He is credited for coining the name Pakistan (Punjab, Frontier province, Sindh, Balochistan and Kashmir) for the new Muslim country out of British ruled India while he was studying at Cambridge, England.

Last month, Iranian journalist Afshin Majlesi accompanied by four other journalists visited Pakistan to explore common history of Iran and Pakistan. On October 10, 2017 her report was published at Tehran Times which debunks Jewish media lies about Pakistan.

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