#today in #history -23March-1923
#HemuKalani, #revolutionary#freedomfighter, was born at Sukkur, #Sind. He was held for removing of fishplates which caused derailment of #British Wagon.Hemu Kalani joined #MahatmaGandhi's #QuitIndiamovement when it was started in 1942. Support for the movement in Sindh was such that the British rulers had to send special troops consisting of #European battalions. Hemu Kalani found out that a #railway train of these troops and their supplies would be passing through his local town and decided to derail it by removing the fishplates from the railway track. This despite the fact that neither he nor his colleagues had the necessary tools and so had to use a rope as a means to loosen the fixings.They were seen by the #British troops before being able to complete the sabotage. Hemu was caught, imprisoned and tortured in an attempt to get him to reveal the names of his co-conspirators. He refused to divulge any information, was put on trial and sentenced to death. The people of #Sindh petitioned the #Viceroy for #mercy but the condition of granting it was that the #authorities must be told the identity of his co-conspirators. He again refused to pass on the information and he was hanged on 21 January 1943.
Sarla Chaudhary was selected and she joined on daily wages basis. However, due to her hard work and soft voice, she was made permanent in 1986. “I was working as an announcer at one particular station and would announce manually. There was no computerised system at that time and we had to announce at each railway station,” she recalls.
In 1991, Chaudhary was a part of a group asked to record announcements in All India Radio. “I had to record the announcements in Marathi in different ways for different situations and it took over three to four days to finalise it. Later, the voice was mixed with a computer and was centralised.” Even now, when all the announcements are made by Train Management System (TMS), her voice has been saved in stand-by mode at control rooms. It proved its utility in the recent mega block carried out for Thane Yard remodeling when the TMS service was suspended. “I left the job 12 years ago due to some personal problems. I feel very happy when I hear my voice at railway stations and hear passengers appreciating it even when they don’t know me,” said Chaudhary, who is now working as an office superintendent in the OHE department at Kalyan. Chaudhary’s voice was recognised by the then GM Ashutosh Banerjee, who heard her voice while he was on Thane inspection and asked his officers to get her to record for the announcements. VA Malegaonkar, Chief PRO, CR, said, “We are proud that we have such women working with CR. She was selected for her soft voice and we are using her voice since over 20 years.” #india#railway#announcement#factoreality
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