Bipin Chandra Pal was a 19th century man with a 21st century mind. He was a champion in India long before Gandhi had come.
Till now we all know him as a hero who stood against the British Raj. But that is only a part of his story.
Bipin Chandra Pal was a trail blazer. He lived his life in the moment. Behind his stoic spectacled look was a free soul and by our present terminology, a really cool guy.
Here are five times Bipin Chandra Pal showed us how to live –
#1 Be incredibly brave
He shows us what it means to stand free. Free in body, in mind and in spirit.
At that time he was one of those first people who stood against the oppressive rulers. He actually shook the 200 year old stifling reign. He was so fearless that people started to call him the Bengal Tiger!
#2 Be caring
Bipin Chandra Pal was as compassionate as he was brave. Consequently, he stood for the widows and the downtrodden women. At that time a step like this took more guts to stand for them than it took to stand against the government. You not only feared your life but also social condemnation.
No wonder historians also named him as the Father of Revolutionary Thoughts.
#3 Be fair
Bipin Chandra Pal wanted a beautiful world. He treated all as fellow humans. Not as Hindus or Muslims, not as lower or higher. He was born in a strict religious family of those times. But one needs a heart of gold to see all men as the children of the same father.
As a result of this belief we are living in a free nation today. We cannot even imagine how it would have been the opposite way. Can we even thank him enough?
#4 Speak your mind
Not many men have the courage to speak straight when needed. Bipin Chandra Pal did. He spoke and wrote his mind. What he believed to be true, to be fair.
An interesting thing is, Bipin was not against the British or the caste systems or the religions. Actualy he was against unfairness. He was against oppression. He was against adharma.
Most noteworthy, Bipin wanted the true freedom of the human spirit. Thus Bipin Chandra Pal was a freedom fighter not from Bengal, but a freedom fighter of the whole world.
#5 Be yourself
Be yourself because you are best when we are our true self. But how does one be so? Bipin Chandra Pal shows us how.
Bipin was rather happy to go to jail than give testimony against Aurobindo Ghose to the British. He left the high life of England because he loved his home more.
He spoke his mind out against Gandhi when he felt his way of freedom was incorrect. How many can dare to speak to their mind against a popular man?
Bipin Chandra Pal did not live long enough to see India free. Probably he did not need to. He always knew no one can rule over us unless we allow it to.
He knew we are all born free. We just need to live it!
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