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Mannu Mai

Central Delhi, Delhi

June 21, 2024 to June 21, 2026

Mannu Mai was born in 1903 and lived in Delhi. He was the son of Ram Parshad. He played an active role in India's struggle for independence, particularly during the Civil Disobedience Movement of 1930. This movement was a significant part of the larger Indian independence movement, spearheaded by Mahatma Gandhi, aiming to challenge British colonial rule through nonviolent resistance.

On 6 May 1930, Delhi witnessed a critical moment in the fight for freedom. Citizens of Delhi had organized a procession to protest the arrest of Mahatma Gandhi, a leader whose philosophy of nonviolent resistance had inspired millions. The peaceful demonstration turned tragic when the police resorted to lathi-charging and firing upon the protesters. He was among those who stood bravely in the face of such oppression. He succumbed to the injuries inflicted during the brutal police action, becoming a martyr for India's independence.

Mannu’s sacrifice is a poignant reminder of the countless individuals who laid down their lives for the cause of freedom. His courage and dedication exemplify the spirit of the Indian independence movement, where ordinary citizens took extraordinary risks to challenge the injustices of colonial rule. The story of Mannu, though less known, is a testament to the collective struggle and enduring hope of a nation striving for sovereignty.

Details mentioned in ‘Who’s Who of Indian Martyrs’, Volume I, published by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India.

Source: Tajveer Singh, Contributor for CCRT.