The vie for pursuing higher studies abroad is not new to us. Every year, lakhs of Indians fly to various countries to pursue their higher studies. We have seen thousands of students who stay back in foreign countries to take up a professional career after pursuing their higher education. On the other hand, there are some students who come back to their home country and get astonishing job offers. However, what we are discussing is entirely different.
There are some protagonists who pursued their education in foreign universities and then came back to India during the independence movement to unbound the country from the hands of the British Raj.
Though there are many people who shed their blood for the country after pursuing their education in the foreign universities, these five are believed to be the best because they transformed their education to rebel against the British. Explore the top five freedom fighters who pursued their education in foreign universities.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who is also addressed with various names such as Bapu and the Father of the Nation, stands tall in the first position because of his ideologies. He fought for independence with a non-violence weapon for which the United Nations observes his birthday (October 2) as the International Day of Non-Violence.
Gandhi, who born in Gujarat, pursued his law at University College London and came to India as a barrister, called a lawyer in India.
The first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, played a significant role during the independence movement. Nehru, who put his best foot forward to make the country a sovereign democratic republic, went to Harrow, one amongst the leading schools in the United Kingdom.
Later, the son of Motilal Nehru went to Trinity College, Cambridge, to pursue a bachelor's in natural science. He studied law as well at Inner Temple, which is one amongst the four Inns of Court in London.
Dr BR Ambedkar
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, who played a crucial role in uplifting the lives of the Dalits, is the architect of the Indian Constitution. The hero of underprivileged people, Ambedkar, pursued many courses at foreign universities. He has completed his PhD from the Columbia University and MSc from the London School of Economics. He also continued to pursue economics at the University of Bonn in Germany.
Subhas Chandra Bose
"Give me blood, and I shall give you freedom," a quote from Bose has inspired thousands of people to take up arms against the British. Bose, who came fourth in the Indian Civil Services (ICS), went to Presidency College in Kolkata. The founder of Azad Hind Fauj then pursued higher studies in Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
Often called Nightingale of India, Sarojini Naidu pursued her education both in India and abroad. After her matriculation from the University of Madras, she went on to pursue higher studies in England at King's College London and later at Girton College, Cambridge.
An education abroad was possible for Sarojini because of the scholarship provided by the Nizam's Charity Trust.