Indian Freedom Fighters Who Studied Abroad

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Recently, India celebrated its 75th year of Independence “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsava”. It is the time to remember and contribution of our freedom fighters who gave up everything from sweat to blood to snatch the freedom from mighty Britishers. Most of our freedom struggle heroes were highly educated. Besides, few among them got the chance to receive higher education from reputed foreign universities. After the successful completion of their foreign education, these Freedom Fighters of India moved back here to serve the nation. In this blog, readers would get to know about the freedom fighters who studied abroad in detail.

Freedom FightersBelong toCollege/ UniversityCountry
Mohandas Karamchand GandhiGujaratUniversity College, LondonEngland
Pt. Jawahar Lal NehruUttar PradeshTrinity CollegeEngland
Subhash Chandra BoseWest BengalFitzwilliam College, CambridgeEngland
Dr Bhim Rao AmbedkarMadhya PradeshColumbia University;
London School of Economics;
University of Bonn
Varahagiri Venkata GiriOdishaLaw College DublinIreland
Sarojini NaiduHyderabadKing’s College LondonEngland

Freedom Fighters Who Studied Abroad

The six Indian freedom fighters contributed massively to the Indian freedom struggle movement. 

1. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Indian spiritual and political leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948) in India. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on 2nd October in Porbander, Gujarat. He was also addressed with various names such as Bapu, Mahatma Gandhi and Father of the Nation. MK Gandhi shook the foundation of the mighty British Empire with different movements during the freedom struggle such as Satyagraha, Ahimsa, Khadi, Dandi March, Non-Cooperation Movement, Quit India Movement etc. Bapu completed his primary education in India and later went to the United Kingdom for higher studies. He studied law at the University College London in the UK to become a barrister.

2. Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 – 1964), Prime Minister of India, 1958. (Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first PM of Independent India belongs to then Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. Pt. J L Nehru is known as one of the architects of Indian independence. He played a significant role with other leaders during the national freedom struggle. He went to study at Harrow one of England’s leading schools. Pt. Nehru received an honours degree in Natural Science at Trinity College, Cambridge. After honours, he studied Law at Inner Temple.

3. Subhash Chandra Bose

Indian barrister Sarat Chandra Bose (1889 – 1950), the brother of Indian politician Subhas Chandra Bose, circa 1940. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Subhash Chandra Bose also known as Neta Ji belongs to West Bengal. He was a very prominent personality during the Indian Freedom Struggle. He inspired thousands of Indians to take up arms against oppressive British rulers. He gave the famous slogan – Give me blood, and I shall give you freedom”. He was the founder of the famous “Azad Hind Fauj”. S C Bose completed his early education at Presidency College in West Bengal. Neta Ji went to Cambridge to pursue a higher degree from Fitzwilliam College.

4. Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar served as India’s law minister from 1947-1951, where he championed the low-caste Hindus called Harijans, also known as the “untouchables.” (Photo by Getty Images)

Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar played a much crucial role in uplifting the life of Dalits and the oppressive lower caste. He belongs to  Mhow, Madhya Pradesh. He is also known as the chief architect and father of the Indian Constitution. He was a noted economist and always fought for equality for all especially the underprivileged.  His keen interest in law, economics and political science made him secure multiple degrees from various Indian and foreign universities. He did PhD from  Columbia University and an MSc from the London School of Economics. He also went to the University of Bonn in Germany to study economics.

5. Varahagiri Venkata Giri

Indischer Präsident Varahagiri Venkata Giri; 1970 (Photo by Kuhn/RDB/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

Varahagiri Venkata Giri or VV Giri was India’s fourth president and belonged to Berhampur, Odisha. He was a renowned social activist during the national movement. VV Giri was inspired by his lawyer father. He had a keen interest to study law. VV Giri completed his basic education at Kallikote College, Berhampur, Odisha. He later went to Dublin, Ireland to study law in the year 1913.

6. Sarojini Naidu

Madame Sarojini Naidu, the outstanding feminist activist in India, and co-leader with Gandhi in the Indian Nationalist Movement is in San Francisco, California. Naidu is the first Indian woman to be elected president of the Indian National Congress. (Photo by Getty Images)

Sarojini Naidu, one of the famous female freedom fighters of India belongs to Hyderabad.  Sarojini Naidu also known as Nightingale of India, the title she received from Mahatma Gandhi for her poetic skills. After her matriculation from the University of Madras, she went on to pursue higher studies in England at King’s College London and later at Girton College, Cambridge with the help of the scholarship provided by the Nizam’s Charity Trust.

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