Shri Yudhvir (1921-1991)

Late Shri Yudhvir was a freedom fighter, a social worker and a renowned journalist. Born in 1921 at Lahore, (now in Pakistan) into a distinguished political family of Punjab, his father was the late Anand Swami Saraswathi, who after an active life as an Arya Samaj leader, took sanyas. While pursuing his Bachelor in Arts at D.A.V College, Lahore, Shri Yudhvir participated in the freedom struggle in Punjab and so could not complete his studies. During the Independence movement he went to jail several times and suffered inhuman torture during British rule in Police lockups and Lahore Fort. He underwent major operations during detention in jails owing to different ailments. His last imprisonment lasted for about 3 years continuously when he was arrested during Quit India Movement in 1942. He organized the biggest public reception in 1945 for Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru on the occasion of his first public appearance after Quit India Movement, when he returned from Srinagar to Lahore. This is where Pt. Nehru made a historical announcement of defending Indian National Army trials by British Govt. at Red Fort, Delhi

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