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Tribute to Bharath

Updated: Jul 30, 2023

History doesn’t change the past, but likely it changes the future - Anonymous


On August 15, 2021, India celebrated its 75th Independence Day. British traders had established outposts in the Indian subcontinent by the 17th century. Through overwhelming military strength, the East India Company fought and annexed local kingdoms and established themselves as the dominant force in India by the 18th century.



Fighting bravely against unjust taxation and oppression, many great Indian leaders served as martyrs for freedom. To honor their legacy, the members of the VT Seva Youth Board researched their stories to create detailed infographics.


Oviya, a member of the Detroit youth board, proposed this project as a way to pay homage to those responsible for India’s independence. Atlanta, Austin, the Bay Area, and Cary youth team joined the Detroit team in appreciating these freedom fighters on the anniversary of India’s independence.


A total of 86 youth board members studied 55 different leaders and created informational posters for each day of the month of August. These informational posters spread awareness about the multi-faceted approach to India’s freedom. Our history nurtures our personal identity in an intercultural world. As Marcus Garvey once said, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots”. This project allowed both our youth volunteers and all those who saw the informational posters to connect with their roots and learn more about India’s rich history. Together, we were able to spread awareness about the freedom fighters who sacrificed everything for their country. By learning about the price of freedom, a gift we so often take for granted, we learn to be grateful for what we have and are empowered to fight for further change.


Enjoy the video collage of all the informational posters made by all the youths





Youth Board Members who participated in this project are


Detroit: Oviya Jaisankar, Harish Jaisankar, Rashmita Raghunathan, Rachana Raghunathan, Anand Brijesh, Sravya Saranu, Hiba Zyna, Sai Sri Ram Karnati, Veeksha Somula, Abhinav Suresh, Eesha Chigullapally, Kaustubh Dingari, Udhayaa Arul, Ishani Shetty, Pavan Nagaraj, Srihari Hebbar, Rohan Patil, Amogh Pisipati, Aditi Jethri Kompally, Hrudya Kishore, Nikita Talwar, Sanjay Sundarapandiyan, Nirvan Daram, Kalki Renga Anand, Adhvaith Suresh, Eashan Daram, Pranav Maringanti, Adhip Pisipati, Shruthi Adduri, Siddharth Tirumala Kanduri and Niharika prabhu


Atlanta: Shreyas Medicherla, Samved Gazzala, Lohitaksh Peram, Dharanija Peram, Adithya Upadhyayula, Sri Ravali Sripathi, , Rikhil Sai Duvvuri, Satya Eesaana Charit Kasibhatta, Charishma Bijum, Pranav Arkatala, Siri Arkatala, Srimayi Kukkadapu, Krishna Sripathi, Nikhila Mannepalli


Austin: Ritwik Dendukuri, Aarah Sardesai, Saanvi Rudraraju, Divya Jaganath and Disha Murali


Bay Area: Hrishu Devulapalli, Nidhi Parthasarathy, Arjun Dhruv,

Nick Kataria, Anushka Jain, Srujan Chaganti, Dhruv Sastry, Aarna Agrawal, Simran Pandey, Harmya


Cary: Aneesh Yarlagadda, Sathvik, Parnika, Pavan, Esh, Shirom, Lasya, Srini, Anuj Pannala, Ishani, Jhansi, Lakshmi Krutica Annugu and Anish


Thanks to all the Youth Board members who participated in this project and mentors who mentored them.


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