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Vinod Kinariwala

(1924 – 1942) – (Gujarart)

Vinod Kinariwala (Aged 18), born on 20 September 1924 in Ahmedabad, India, was an Indian independence activist. He attended Gujarat College in Ahmedabad as an intermediate student.

During the Quit India Movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi on 9 August 1942, a rally was organized by the students of Law College the following day. When the rally reached Gujarat College, Kinariwala joined them to protest against the British Empire. However, the police resorted to a lathi charge to disperse the rally, and Kinariwala was shot dead by a British Assistant Superintendent of Police for attempting to hoist the Indian flag in front of the college. He passed away on 10 August 1942.

In 1947, a memorial named Veer Vinod Kinariwala Memorial was inaugurated in his memory inside the college campus by Jai Prakash Narayan. The memorial, designed by Ravishankar Raval, depicts a youth taking the bull by its horns, symbolizing the youth’s resistance against the British Empire. It also features an arm with an Indian flag and a broken handcuff, symbolizing the independence movement. Every year on 9 August, the All India Democratic Students Organization pays tribute to him at his memorial. The road where he died is named Shahid Veer Kinariwala Marg in his honor.