Mahavir Tyagi

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Mahavir Tyagi (1899 - 1980) was an Indian independence fighter and famous parliamentarian from the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

Early life

Tyagi was educated in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. He joined the British Indian Army and was posted in Persia but resigned after the Amritsar Massacre, or Jallianwala Bagh Massacre as it was universally known, which took place on April 13, 1919. He was court martialled in Quetta, capital of Baluchistan (then a part of India but now in Pakistan) and externed from Baluchistan with all pay deposits forfeited. Returning home, Tyagi became a staunch follower of Mahatma Gandhi.

In the Independence movement

See Also: Indian Independence Movement

Mahavir Tyagi, who was active in the Kisan (peasant) movement, remained a life-long member of the Indian National Congress. He was imprisoned by the British eleven times. In the course of the non-co-operation movement in 1921 Mahavir Tyagi was tried, inter alia, for sedition under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code at Bulandshahr in the United Provinces, later known as Uttar Pradesh.( See Young India, October 13, 1921, and United Provinces Legislative Council Debates, November 5, 1921). In the course of the trial he was assaulted at the behest of the British Magistrate, W.E.J.Dobbs. (See Independent, October 9, 1921, Leader, October 10, 1921 and Young India, October 13, 1921) In a series of commentaries on the incident, Mahatma Gandhi condemned the assault on Tyagi. (See Young India, October 13, 20,...
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