Gulab Singh Lodhi
(1903 – 1935) – (Uttar Pradesh)
Gulab Singh Lodhi (Aged 32) was born in 1903 in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, India, into a Lodhi Rajput family. His father, Thakur Ram Ratan Singh Lodhi, was a farmer, but little is known about Gulab’s childhood. Growing up during the Indian independence movement, Gulab Singh Lodhi became a revolutionary who actively participated in political activities against British rule. In August 1935, Lodhi joined a procession in Lucknow that marched to Aminabad Park to hoist the Tricolour. However, the park was surrounded by British troops to prevent the flag from being raised.
Despite the show of armed force, Gulab Singh Lodhi defied the soldiers and climbed a tree with the Tricolour. Tragically, he was shot and killed by a British officer while hoisting the flag on top of the tree. This event occurred at Jhandewala Park in Aminabad, Lucknow. In honour of Gulab Singh Lodhi, the Indian government issued a postal stamp on December 23, 2013. A statue of him was also erected in the park in 2004, although it had fallen into disrepair by 2009.