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Remembering Bhagat Singh – An immortal flame

Bhagat Singh became the face of freedom.
 

Bhagat Singh…This name is enough to give us goosebumps and evoke a sense of freedom and pride in the heart of every Indian. The legendary freedom fighter is one of the most beloved and greatest son this motherland has ever produced. He lived and died for this motherland. Bhagat Singh is not just a freedom fighter, he is much more than that. He is like a wind which has turned into an eternal flame that refuses to die and continues to inspire generations after generations to this day.

Bhagat Singh, also known as Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, was born on 28 September 1907 at the village of Banga, Lyallpur district (now in Pakistan).

On this martyr’s day, we bring some lesser known facts about the legendary Bhagat Singh.

Bhagat Singh’s guns in fields

The gun with which Bhagat Singh shot Saunders.

The gun with which Bhagat Singh shot Saunders.

Patriotism was in Bhagat Singh’s blood. Right from his childhood, he had the feeling of doing something for the country. He had understood at an early age that India needs to drive British out of the country. As a child, he often use to talk about growing guns in the field so that they can use them to fight against the British.

Jaliawala Bagh

Bhagat Singh was only 12 years old at the time of the tragedy.

Bhagat Singh was only 12 years old at the time of the tragedy.

Bhagat Singh was just 12 years old when the Jalianwala Bagh massacre happened. Thousands of innocent people had been killed mercilessly by British. It remains one of the most tragic incidents in Indian history. Though Bhagat Singh was still young but he could feel the pain caused by such brutality. Like millions of people in India, Bhagat Singh was angry too. He bunked his school and went to Jalianwala Bagh after the killings had occurred.

At the age of 14, he took part in a protest against the killing of a large number of unarmed people at Gurudwara Nankana Sahib.

Country over marriage

One of the quotes by Bhagat Singh.

One of the quotes by Bhagat Singh.

Bhagat Singh had only one dream i.e the freedom of the country he loved so much. Everything else was of no importance for him. He loved this motherland so much that he did not even marry so that he could devote all his time and efforts for his country. In 1927 his parents tried to get him married but Singh left home and went to Kanpur leaving a letter behind. The letter was the reflection of his noble feelings and love towards the country. The letter read-

“My life has been dedicated to the noblest cause, that of the freedom of the country. Therefore, there is no rest or worldly desire that can lure me now.”

A Fine Actor

Bhagat Singh sacrificed his everything for the country.

Bhagat Singh sacrificed his everything for the country.




 
We all know Bhagat Singh as a great freedom fighter who sacrificed everything for the country. Not many know this but Bhagat Singh was a wonderful actor too and during his college days took part in several plays. The most notable plays in which he took part were Rana Pratap, Samrat Chandragupta and Bharat Durdasha. He used his love for drama as a means to inspire the revolt against the British. He purchased a magic lantern to show slides that enlivened his talks about great revolutionaries who had died as a result of the Kakori Conspiracy, such as Ram Prasad Bismil.

Killing of John P Saunders

His thoughts are full of passion that inspires us even today.

His thoughts are full of passion that inspires us even today.

Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev had planned to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai and plotted to kill the Superintendent of Police James Scott in Lahore. But there was a case of mistaken identity as they failed to identify Scott and killed Saunders instead as he was leaving the District Police Headquarters in Lahore on 17 December 1928.

The Central Assembly Bombing

Bhagt Singh words were the reflection of his passion towards the country.

Bhagt Singh words were the reflection of his passion towards the country.

On April 8, 1929, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt threw bombs in the Central Assembly Hall in Delhi. The purpose of the bombing was not to kill anyone. The bombs were made from low-grade explosives were lobbed away from people in the corridors of the building. The British investigation and forensics report confirmed this later.

The nominal intention was to protest against the Trade Dispute Act and Public Safety Bill. But the real aim of the attack was to get themselves arrested so that they could use the court as a stage to publicise their cause and gather support. They bombed the assembly to open the deaf ears of the British government.

Inquilab Zindabad

Bhagat Singh was the man who coined this legendary slogan.

Bhagat Singh was the man who coined this legendary slogan.

We all are familiar with this slogan..arent we? This slogan is as legendary as the man himself. Today we see many protesters and political parties use this slogan for their various causes. Bhagat Singh was the man who coined this slogan. He shouted “inquilab zindabad” for the first time in the central assembly right after the bombing.

Writer

A page from Bhagat Singh's diary.

A page from Bhagat Singh’s diary.

Bhagat Singh was a great writer too. He wrote for and edited Punjabi and Urdu newspapers which were published from Amritsar. He also wrote for low-priced pamphlets published by the Naujawan Bharat Sabha that excoriated the British. In 1923, during his college days, Singh won an essay competition set by the Punjab Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, in which he wrote about the problems in the Punjab. He also wrote briefly for the for Kirti, the journal of the Kirti Kisan Party and Veer Arjun newspaper, published in Delhi. From May to September 1928, Singh published a series of articles on anarchism in Kirti. He often used pseudonyms such as Ranjit, Balwant, and Vidhrohi for publishing his writings.

Atheist

Bhagat Singh was an atheist.

Bhagat Singh was an atheist.

Bhagat Singh an atheist. For him, his country was above any religion. He was deeply affected by the Hindu-Muslim riots that took place after Mahatma Gandhi disbanded the Non-CoopeMovementMovemen. He was hurt by seeing how same people who were fighting for one aim were now fighting among themselves.  He studied the works of atheist revolutionaries Marx, Bakunin, Lenin, Trotsky and was greatly influenced by them. He believed that religion acts as an obstacle in the path of a revolutionary. He abandoned his religion and became an atheist. In Lahore Central Jail Singh wrote an essay titled ‘Why I am an Atheist’ in 1930. He also had the habit of writing a diary which contains his fiery thoughts of patriotism.

Time in Jail and Political Prisnor

Bhagat Singh fought for the rights of Indian prisoners in jail.

Bhagat Singh fought for the rights of Indian prisoners in jail.

During his time in jail, Singh aggressively propagated the idea of India’s freedom.To protest discrimination in treatment with Indian and foreigner prisoners he went on 116-day hunger strike. He coined the term “prisoner fighter” which became a staple title for freedom-fighters who spent time in jail.  He demanded he and his comrades be given same basic amenities that even the British looters and goons in the jail were entitled to.

Death

Bhagat Singh, Rajuguru and Sukhdev were hanged on 23rd March, 1931.

Bhagat Singh, Rajuguru and Sukhdev were hanged on 23rd March, 1931.

Bhagat Singh was martyred on 23 March 1931 when he was hanged till death. He was to be hanged on 24 March 1931 but the British hanged him 11 hours before the schedule. He along with two of his comrades and great freedom fighters, Sukhdev and Rajguru was hanged on March 23 morning at 7:30 am. He was just 23 years old when he made the supreme sacrifice for his country.

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Remembering Bhagat Singh – An immortal flame
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On this martyr's day let us take a closer look at the man who fueled the flame of freedom with his life. Bhagat Singh is an inspiration for every Indian.
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