Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid his tribute to freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azad on his birth anniversary.

Calling him the “great son of Maa Bharati”, Modi said such “stalwarts epitomise courage and patriotism”.

PM Modi further shared his snippet from Mann Ki Baat about Azad and Lokmanya Tilak, whose birth anniversary also fell on Saturday.

Among others who paid their homage to the freedom fighters were Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and former Union minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis called Azad a “great freedom fighter” and a “great revolutionary”.

Azad was born on July 23, 1906, as Chandra Shekhar Tiwari in Bhavra village of Madhya Pradesh.

He joined the freedom movement in 1921 while studying in school.

In December 1921, when Mahatma Gandhi launched the non-cooperation movement, Azad took part in it.