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Prof. Nand Kishore Nigam

North Delhi, Delhi

January 06, 2022 to January 31, 2022

Sh Nigam was born in December 1906 in Delhi – House No. 1258, Pahari Imli, near Jama Masjid, Delhi – 6. He became a very famous revolutionary, next only to Chandra Shekhar Azad, Bhagwati Charan Vohra etc. during the revolutionary hey-days in 1928-1929.

Nand Kishore Nigam was a professor at the Hindu College and was living in the New Hindu Hostel, of which he was the Superintendent. He participated in the agitation against the Simon Commission. Years later in 1929, as Incharge of the Hindu College Hostel, he met Chandra Shekhar Azad, popularly known as Panditji. Soon his room became a meeting place for revolutionary freedom fighters like Azad, Bhagwati Charan Vohra, Bhawani Singh, Kashi Ram, Bimal Prasad Jain, Vaishampayan, Kailashpati, Bhagirath Lal, Babu Ram Charan Singh and Dhanwantri.

When the college authorities came to know about the meetings of revolutionaries in the Nigam’s room, they asked Nigam either to leave the college or leave the company of revolutionaries. The college authorities feared that if the British Government came to know about these meetings in the college campus, the government recognition and aid to college could be stopped and Hindu College could be black listed.

He left the college but not his childhood dream of freeing India. He started to live with his sister at Esplanade Road, now known as Amir Chand Dehlvi Marg alias Cycle Market, Chandni Chowk, Delhi. He left Delhi and joined Azad in Kanpur. He was arrested from Gaya Prasad Library in Kanpur and was kept in solitary confinement in jail.

Nand Kishore Nigam was arrested on 25 February 1933 in Kanpur. He was tried under section 20 of the Arms Act and was sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment. In Gonda Jail, he was kept in dark room for one year. When his condition became serious, the British government released him in 1934. He was arrested for the third time, on 9 August 1942, along with Farid Saheb. He was kept under detention for two years. He again fell ill and was released after his illness persisted for months.

The revolutionary Nand Kishore Nigam died on 22 July 1980, after a prolonged illness.