Shukla was one of the great Indian revolutionary and freedom fighter who vigorously took part in Indian freedom Movement against the British domination. Yogendra shukla was one of popular members of Hindustan socialist republican association. He was one among the founder members of Congress socialist party who came from Bihar. Youngest shukla made his greatest contribution to the cause of Indian freedom from the year 1930 till 1942. He was closely associated with Bhagat Singh and Battukeshwar Datta. He experienced severe torture during the imprisonment only for the cause of Indian freedom from British rule in India.
Early life of Yogendra Shukla
Shukla was born in the year 1896 from the village of jalalpur in vaishali district, Bihar. He was the uncle of renowned independence activist Baikuntha Shukla. At the young age, Yogendra Shukla became the revolutionary and fight for Indian Independence against British. He became one of the prime leaders of revolutionary movement He and his nephew Baikuntha shukla cultivated the spirit of patriotism and fight for freedom from childhood.
Revolutionary works of Yogendra
Shukla began his revolutionary work as an Indian freedom fighter and Indian revolutionary from the young age. Very soon Yogendra shukla became the prominent leader of revolutionary movement in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Shukla served prison sentence in kalapani, as one of the revolutionary leader. He was associated with revolutionary organizations like Hindustan Seva Dal and HSRA (Hindustan Socialist Republican Association). He was a senior associate who gave training for Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Datta. He had to serve prison for sixteen and half years for his revolutionary activities. He was imprisoned in different jails where he was subjected to extreme torture by the British police. He enthusiastically participated in ‘Salt Satyagraha’ under the supervision of Mahatma Gandhi.
Yogendra in kalapani and Quit India Movement
In the year 1932, A.C. Davies, the judicial secretary asked DIG to suggest the names of Revolutionary convicts according to the directions of Governor in council in October 1932. The DIG also provided the statement mentioning the offences of convicts. The statement included the brief note with a view of sending them to Andamans. The DIG suggested all the names of revolutionary activists including Yogendra shukla. Shukla was transferred to Andamans in December 1932 along with other revolutionary activists. Due to the efforts made by Shri Krishna Sinha, shukla and other political prisoners were released from jail in March 1938. He was elected as the member of congress committee and joined the congress socialist party. Mahatma Gandhi launched the Quit India Movement in August 1942. Shukla scaled the wall of Hazaribagh Central jail along with other political leaders. The British police announced Rs. 5000 for the arrest of Shukla. He was arrested on 7th December 1942.
In the year 1946, Shukla was released from the prison. He was appointed as a member of the Bihar Legislative council on behalf of Praja Socialist party. He was there in the position until 1960. Due to the extreme torture faced by Yogendra Shukla in jail for several days, he became seriously ill and blind. Shukla died on 19th November 1960.