He was no longer haunted by nightmaresHe was born in a non-descript small town in Punjab. He lost his parents at a very early age and was shifted to an orphanage at an age of five. He grew up in the orphanage. He left India, visited many countries like Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the USA and finally settled in England. God was good to him. He even acted in two English block-busters, 'Elephant Boy' in 1937 and in 'The Four Feathers' in 1939. He was jovial with an enchanting smile. He was very popular in his community and also among the British. But there was a very small issue.
This handsome Sardar never celebrated Baisakhi festival. Not because he was living in foreign land-but because he never liked to celebrate. He used to shudder on that day. He used to see nightmares when others asked him to celebrate Baisakhi.
Finally he decided to get rid of his nightmares. He planned. The day was 13th March, 1940. The world war had started six months ago. Germany was creating havoc all over Europe. The great power of Great Britain was slowly crumbling. A meeting of East India Association was scheduled to be held at Caxton Hall in London.
The clean-shaven Sardar wore his best suit, wore his best pair of shoes and went to attend the meeting with his favourite book and his trademark disarming smile.
At Caxton Hall while the meeting was in progress, the man stood up from his seat, moved forward towards the dais, opened the book, took out a revolver and started shooting at a British seating on the podium.
Finishing all bullets, he walked up to the terrified guard with his disarming smile and reminded him of his duties.
The man, known as Frank Brazil @ Ram Mohammad Singh Azad was taken to Brixton jail. In the jail, he started fasting and continued for 36 days. Later he was force-fed with a tube.
The man was hanged to death after four months at Pentonville prison. But during his captivity, the nightmare never visited him. He was finally freed himself from the memory of the day of Baisakhi at Amritsar, when as a young man of 19 he had been serving water to the people who came to celebrate Baisakhi at a place named Jallianwala Bagh. There he had witnessed merciless killing of unarmed men, women and children by a demonic armed force led by Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer, endorsed by Sir Michael Francis O'Dwyer, the then Lieutenant-Governor of Punjab province.
This man, whom we know as Shahid-i-Azm Sardar Udham Singh, finally took his revenge after 21 long years killing Sir Michael Francis O'Dwyer, GCIE, KCSI, who endorsed the killing of more than one thousand innocent, unarmed men, women and children who had assembled to celebrate Baisakhi at Jallianwala Bagh.