- Chandra Shekhar was born on July 23, 1906 in Madhya Pradesh to Pandit Sita Ram Tiwari and Jagrani Devi
- Chandra Shekhar joined the Non-Cooperation movement led by Mahatma Gandhi at the tender age of 15.
- On being arrested and produced before the Magistrate, young Chandra Shekhar gave his name as 'Azad', his father's name as 'Swatantra' and his residence as 'Jail'. The magistrate sentenced him to 15 lashes of flogging. The title of Azad stuck thereafter.
- After withdrawal of the non-cooperation movement, Azad was attracted towards revolutionary activities. He later joined the Hindustan Socialist Republican Army (HSRA). He was involved in the Kakori Conspiracy (1926), the attempt to blow up the Viceroy's train (1926), the Assembly bomb incident, the Delhi Conspiracy, the shooting of Saunders at Lahore (1928) and the Second Lahore conspiracy.
- On February 27, 1931, in the Alfred Park, Allahabad,after a stand-off with the police, Chandra Shekhar ‘Azaad’ , fired at his own temple and lived up to his resolve that he would never be arrested and dragged to gallows to be hanged.
- His only poetic composition:
'Dushman ki goliyon ka hum samna karenge,
Azad hee rahein hain, azad hee rahenge'
is famous even today