Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav 2022: India’s first Muslim journalist, who was shot down by the British with a cannon!
Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav: In 75 stories of 75 years of independence, today we will tell you about a freedom fighter whose pen only forced the British to bow before the country. I’m talking Maulvi Muhammad Bakar, the first journalist who gave martyrdom in the country’s independence.
This is about 4 June 1857 when Maulvi Muhammad Bakar published an article in his newspaper. Whose title was “Don’t miss this opportunity, if you miss it then no one will come to help.” This is a great opportunity to get rid of the British rule.
The British were so stunned by this news that they were arrested and on 16 September 1857, Maulvi Muhammad Bakar was tied to a cannon and blown away! Maulvi Muhammad Bakar, born in Delhi in the year 1780, used to work for the British only. But in the year 1834, the government amended the Press Act and allowed the newspaper to be taken out.
After which in the year 1837, Maulvi Bakir bought a press and started bringing out ‘Delhi Urdu newspaper’ from Delhi itself. And did the work of awakening the people of the country against the same British. Due to which he started knocking in the eyes of the British and the British government started issuing decrees against him continuously.
And then in the month of September 1857, he was arrested and blown up in front of the cannon. The British killed him but he became immortal forever in history. After independence, they could not get the death they should have. But even today, as many children want to make their career in the field of journalism. For them Maulana Muhammad Bakar is an example who tells the real importance of journalism.
Courtesy : : Zee News
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