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Book released on Udham Singh

punjab Updated: Jul 10, 2013 22:37 IST
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A book on martyr Udham Singh, written by a railway employee Rakesh Kumar, was released by divisional railway manager, Ferozepur, Naresh Chand Goyal.

The author is a resident of Sunam and is senior section engineer (works)/land & heritage and is posted at Ferozepur.

The book titled Azadi Di Shama Da Parwana, Mahan Gadri Inqulabi, Shaheed Udham Singh attempts to narrate his life story and tries to bring several interesting aspects of his life to the public domain.

One of the tit bits that is brought alive is that the martyr was the son of a railway gateman Tehal Singh, who worked at gate number 70/2 Km 81/5 Upli gate (Sunam-Sangrur) railway line, which was part of Ferozepur division at that time.

Udham Singh, was born on 26 December 1899 at Sunam (district Sangrur). He killed Michael O' Dwyer and wounded three English officers in London. O' Dwyer was also responsible for the Jallianwalla massacre. Singh was hanged in London on July 31 1940, at the age of 40.

"I do not care about the sentence of death. It means nothing at all. We are suffering from the British Empire. I am not afraid to die. His most famous words were Inqlab, Inqlab, Inqlab."
Some historians claim that Udham worked in the North Western Railway from 1917-1922. He also worked near the Afganistan border and transported weapons for the army. He bagged the 'India General Services ' medal, which was given to railway employees on the pattern of Army. In 1923, he left the job.


Rakesh Kumar has earned his stripes as an honest officer and has thwarted various attempts by land mafia to grab railway land. He has won several accolades and wards during his career.
He has been bestowed the highest award in the Indian Railways----- The Ministry of Railway National Award for outstanding work for protecting Railway Land during 2009. He has been awarded the 'Ministry of Railway National Award for English Essay Competition (second prize) for 2010' on the topic PPP over Indian Railways.

He has also been given the general manager Group Award during the Railway Week Award 2011. Principal chief engineer award.

He has also been awarded with the Baba Farid Award for Honesty - 2011, which included Rs 50,000, citation, doshala, and a Siropa. He exposed encroachments upon hundreds of acres Railway Land from land mafia/private parties & got space freed under threat to life and fear of department backlash.

Indian Railways Technical Supervisors Association (IRTSA) of India awarded Kumar as outstanding rail engineer of the year 2012 at Rail Coach Factory (RCF) at Kapurthala.

His two other writings. Railway Land Management A Practical Approach"(In English). Railway Bhumi Parbandan Karoron Kamane Ka Sarot (In Hindi)

A New book on martyr Udham Singh, written by a railway employee was released by Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepur Naresh Chand Goyal at Ferozepur on Wednesday.

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