Hometown: Chhutmalpur, Saharanpur
Age: 34 Years
Education: Law Graduate
Note: He dropped this moniker in 2019. Times of India
|Profession(s)||Dalit Activist, Lawyer, Politician|
|Party||Azad Samaj Party
Note: The party was founded by Chandrashekhar Azad on 15 March 2020.
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 9”
|Date of Birth||3 December 1986|
|Age (as of 2020)||34 Years|
|Birthplace||Dhadkauli village, near Chhutmalpur, Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh|
|Hometown||Chhutmalpur, Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh|
|College||DAV PG College in Dehradun|
|Educational Qualification||Law Graduate News Click|
|Caste||Scheduled Caste (Chamaar) News18|
|Political Inclination||BSP Times of India|
|Hobbies||Reading, Writing, Travelling|
|Controversies||• The Saharanpur Police registered an F.I.R. against him for allegedly orchestrating violent protests in Saharanpur on 11 May 2017. After the Allahabad High Court quashed all charges against him, he was booked under the National Security Act (NSA). Chandrashekhar was arrested on 9 June last year from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh by the UP police, after he had gone underground. On 1 November 2018, after 15 months in jail, UP Government released him. News Click
• On 21 December 2019, he was again arrested and lodged in Tihar jail in with the anti-CAA violence in Old Delhi’s Daryaganj. However, on 15 January 2020, The Tis Hazari Court granted bail to Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad. Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau granted the relief to Azad and put certain conditions on him. The judge granted the relief to Azad on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 25,000. He was granted bail on the condition that he would not reside/hold protests in Delhi for the next four weeks owing to the upcoming Delhi elections. The court also said that Chandrashekhar Azad could not visit the Shaheen Bagh protest site. India Today
|Relationships & More|
|Marital Status||Not Known|
|Parents||Father- Govardhan Das (a retired principal of a government school)
Mother- Kamlesh Devi
|Siblings||Brother(s)- Bhagat Singh (elder), Kamal Kishor (younger)
|Leader||B. R. Ambedkar|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Chandrashekhar Azad (Bhim Army)
- He is a Lawyer from Chhutmalpur, a village in the neighborhood of Shabbirpur in Saharanpur District.
- In 2011, he planned to go to the United States for higher studies.
- While attending his ailing father in a hospital in Saharanpur, he read news regarding Dalit’s atrocities and decided to become a “Dalit Activist.”
- In 2015, he formed the Bhim Army Ekta Mission (in short, Bhim Army). The Army claims to have more than 50000 members.
- According to Chandrashekhar’s mother, the awakening inside him against Dalit atrocities was triggered when he heard of the discrimination of Dalit children by the upper-caste Thakurs in a school near his village. The local Rajputs kicked up a storm about Dalit children studying alongside their own children. They would not allow the children to go to school and considered them ‘untouchables.’
- In 2016, Chandrashekhar Azad & his Bhim Army made headlines for the first time when they wanted to put up a board that reads “The Great Chamar” at the entrance of the village, and Thakurs had objected to the idea.
- In May 2017, Thakurs burnt some Dalit houses in the Shabbirpur village of Saharanpur following the complaints by Dalits over the loud music played by Thakurs during the Maharana Pratap Jayanti. Later, Dalits retaliated by burning down a police post in Saharanpur.
- On 21 May 2017, he organized a rally of Bhim Army supporters at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi without any permission. The rally was attended by more than 5000 Bhim Army supporters.
- On 17 February 2021, he was featured in TIME magazine’s annual list of 100 “emerging leaders who are shaping the future.” The Hindu