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The Real-Time Indian Avenger

India under British Rule

India under British Rule

The year was 1919.

India was still under tyrant British rule for more than a century now. People and resources of India were exploited by imposing various strict laws and restrictions for the locals by the British.One such rule had been rolled out recently, known as Rowlatt Act. In order to oppose it, a meeting was called for a non-violent protest at Jallianwala Bagh on 13th of April in Amritsar, which is in Punjab state. There was a festival of Baisakhi on the same day, hence many people gathered there to participate after offering prayers at the famous Golden Temple with their families. Thus, the crowd included many children, women and elderly apart from the other youngsters and freedom fighters.

General Dyer

General Dyer

General Dyer was in command during that time there. As soon as he came to know about such a huge turnover at the ground for the protest, he quickly gathered his troops and reached the venue. Since it was a non-violent protest no one was carrying any weapons nor were there any safe-guards. However, General Dyer’s troops were well-armed. As soon as the troops reached there, they surrounded the only narrow passageway there was for entry and exit, thereby stopping anyone and everyone from escaping from what was about to go down, which was one of the most gruesome incidents to have ever taken place. General Dyer, without wasting any time, ordered his men to open fire.

Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

According to some recorders, around 1600 bullets were fired within 10 mins. As per the government records, 100s of people lost their lives. In reality, 1000s of souls perished that day, some due to gunshots, others due to stampede, suffocation or severe blood loss from the gunshot wounds.


There were only a handful of survivors left along with the heartwrenching cries of babies and blood curdling screams of the wounded. Jallianwala bagh had turned into a graveyard within a few minutes, with bodies of recently deceased and pools of blood in the spaces in between. Among the survivors, there was a 20 year old boy who was serving water to all the attendees before the massacre took place. He witnessed this whole incident unfolding in front of his eyes. ‘Shock’ does not even begin to define the way he and other survivors felt. Such intense feelings ignited this young man’s soul on fire so much that he went on to do something unimaginable by anyone at that time.

Sangrur District (Punjab, India)

Sangrur District (Punjab, India)

The Witness

This boy was born in Sangrur District of Punjab on 16th of December 1899. He was named Shersingh by his parents. Unfortunately, both his parents died when he was just 8 years old. So, he was raised in an orphanage. At the orphanage he was known as Udham Singh which stuck with him till the end.

Sardar Udham Singh

Sardar Udham Singh

Upon witnessing such a horrendous incident, Udham Singh made a pact with himself to assassinate General Dyer to avenge the death of all those who lost their lives that day at the hand of his troops. Following this, General Dyer was forced to retire, so he went back to Britain where he was given 20,000 Pounds as a reward along with appreciation.

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Task at hand had become a lot more complicated for Udham Singh, since General Dyer had gone back to his country. However, to fulfill his commitment with himself, Udham Singh joined a party known as Gadar Party and started gathering funds for weapons and travel to Britain. During this, he got apprehended for the possession of illegal weapons under the Illegal Arms act and was sent to prison for 8 years. Prisons during those times were having unlivable conditions, and spending 8 long years was enough to break any normal person’s will, wishes and commitments. But, Udham Singh was no ordinary man, since the fire he carried within him to avenge those poor souls was far stronger and brighter.

As soon as he got out, he got back on the horse to continue his journey towards his ultimate destination. So he quickly traveled to Britain via Zimbabwe and Brazil. After reaching London, he started working there to gather enough money to buy a gun. Once enough money was gathered, he bought a six shooter (a revolver that can hold 6 bullets at a time.)

Now, he was waiting for the right time. While waiting, he once crossed paths with General Dyer. Though they came close, General Dyer wasn’t aware about Udham Singh’s intentions and it didn’t seem to be the right time to Udham Singh as he wanted to shoot and kill General Dyer in front of a large crowd. He didn’t have to wait for long.

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On 13th of March, 1940, a huge gathering was arranged where General Dyer was invited as a Chief Guest. This was the perfect opportunity. Udham Singh, without wasting it, attended the meeting with a book. Once inside, Udham Singh got close enough to his target so that he wouldn’t miss. General Dyer noticed him, but since he didn’t know Udham Singh, just locked eyes with him. The book was concealing the fully loaded gun. As soon as the time came, Udham Singh took out the gun from the book and emptied it entirely, killing General Dyer on the spot, and becoming the Real Time Avenger Superhero who avenged the deaths of 1000s and reclaimed the honor of Mother India.


Once the culprit was laid to rest, Udham Singh dropped the gun and surrendered himself. He was taken into custody, after which a sentence was passed to hang him till death on 31st of July, 1940. Thus, came the end to the story of one of the most Heroic Indians, The Real Time Indian Avenger.


Though he was hanged till death in 1940 in London, it took the Indian government (established in 1947 after the British left) years to bring back his remains, which were finally brought back in 1973.


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