Some Unknown Facts About Youngest Martyr From Odisha Baji Rout On His Birth Anniv
Bhubaneswar: Baji Rout was the youngest martyr in the history of the freedom movement of India and it’s his 96th birth anniversary. He was born on October 5, 1926, at Nilakanthapur village in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district and was killed by the British police for refusing to ferry them across the Brahmani river on the night of October 11, 1938, at Nilakanthapur Ghat of Bhuban.
Let us know more about his valour and courage:
- He had lost his father at a very early age. His mother was surviving on the wages earned by rice-husking in the neighbourhood.
- He had watched how mercilessly Dhenkanal King, Shankar Pratap Singhdeo was fleecing the poor villagers, including his mother of their earnings by using armed forces. So, when Baishnav Charan Pattanayak of Dhenkanal town, later, famous as Veer Baisnav, raised a banner of revolt against the King and founded Prajamandal, Baji joined it despite his tender age.
- He stood against the oppressive rulers of Dhenkanal and the British.
- He joined Banar Sena of Prajamandal (Party of the People) at a very tender age.
- As an active member, he had volunteered to keep a watch by the river at night. The British Police force ordered him to help them cross the river on his boat, which he refused. The police force then fired on him.
- Baji Rout and five others fell to bullets of British soldiers. He was 12.
- Eminent poet Sachi Rautroy’s famous poem ‘Baji Rout’, which was translated into English by Harindranath Chattopadhyay, set the entire nation on an unprecedented motion for freedom of people from the Kings of the princely states.
- Sachi Rautroy took several days to regain his composure to finish his poem Baji Rout that he had started on the cremation ground itself in the light of the pyre.
- A short film on Baji Rout, Baji – the Immortal Boat Boy, directed by Chinmoy Das was released in 2018.