Speech of Subhash Chandra Bose, the Prince of Patriots
A rare recorded speech of SC Bose, the legendary founder of Indian National Army (INA). A large number of Sainis fought as part of INA along with other members of leading Punjabi tribes. Two Sainis very closely associated with SC Bose directly were Mahavrat Vidyalankar, a scholarly ideologue who first mooted the idea of organized armed resistance to the colonial rule and Ajit Saini , who worked as liasion officier of INA and as editor of a periodical published by INA. Mahan Singh Gahoonia of Phillipines , another Saini, was noted for his role as a leading civilian organizer for INA in far east.
The following list is reference verified but is by no means exhaustive. OP Rahnan's book titled '' Flame of Freedom and Hoshiarpur District'', contains a comprehensive list of freedom fighters and INA veterans from Hoshiarpur district but does not always identify them by caste or tribe. Since Hoshiarpur was a traditional Saini stronghold and was in the forefront in the freedom struggle, we expect the actual number of Saini freedom fighters and INA veterans to be much higher than listed below or identified by caste names in books like Ralhan's.
Since Saini Online has strict policy of not publishing any information without credible and transparent references (based both on reliable authors and native informants), we have withheld certain names although from the name of the villages it looks quite probable, or even certain, that a much larger number of freedom fighters menioned in Ralhan's book could be from Saini community. The reason for this confidence is that villages in Hoshiarpur tend to be owned or dominated entiirely by single tribal groups, and as some sociologists have observed, in a typical Saini village there will not be single house of any other dominant caste group and vice versa (Swartzberg, 1967).
Sh. Dalip Singh Tamber of Namolian (Hoshiarpur), an INA veteran, being felicitated by Giani Zail Singh in 1972.