all i can say a tribute to bhagat singh
government forgets his matrydom every year but can we?
his thinking n ways wer totally lyk r todays young generation
not 2 shocked 2c government ignoring his contributions every year
The gun, for him, was incidental to the mobilization of the masses against a brutal colonial rule and could never be allowed to take over the struggle aimed at making India free.
No wonder then when he and Batukeshwar Dutt lobbed a bomb in the Central Legislative Assembly here April 8, 1929, they ensured that no one would die or even get injured. And though both men could have escaped in the ensuing melee, they surrendered to the police.
"A saga like Bhagat Singh's is unique in the history of India's freedom struggle," said Chaman Lal of Jawaharlal Nehru University here. Given this, he is surprised the government has ignored the martyrdom anniversary
At his trial, Bhagat Singh famously declared: "If the deaf are to hear, the sound has to be very loud. When we dropped the bomb, it was not our intention to kill anybody. We have bombed the British government. The British must quit India and make her free."
Of course Bhagat Singh was no pacifist and he played a key role in the gunning down of a police officer to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai, his own hero in the wake of a police baton charge.
But Bhagat Singh never thought assassinations would drive out the British.
The young Sikh's statement before the judge who tried him - and Sukhdev and Rajguru who too were hanged to death with him - was a testimony to his deep and abiding commitment to his motherland and the politics he came to espouse.
At the Lahore Central Jail where he spent his final days, the books he asked for and read included "Militarism", "Why Men Fight?", "Society at Work", "Collapse of Second International", "Civil War in France", "Land Revolution in Russia" and "Peasant in Prosperity and Debt".
Born Sep 27, 1907, in Banga village of Lyalpur district of Punjab, his father Kishan Singh and uncle Ajit Singh were jailed by the British rulers.
The massacre at Jallianwala Bagh on April 13, 1919, where the British Indian Army shot dead Indians without any reason, drove him to Amritsar where he kissed the earth and brought home a little of the blood soaked soil. He was just 12 years old.
When a group of young revolutionaries founded the Hindustan Republican Army, Bhagat Singh inserted the word "socialist" to make it the Hindustan Socialist Republican Army. He was making a point.
By the time he was arrested, Bhagat Singh had become a legend, a Che Guevara of his time, the photograph showing him in a felt hat a collector's item.
His popularity was such that the British authorities were reluctant to follow the rules and hang the trio early in the morning.
The preparations to execute him on March 23, 1931, took place furtively. But an elderly prisoner who learnt about it had tears in his eyes when he broke the news to Bhagat Singh.
Bhagat Singh, who only weeks ago had chided his father for seeking clemency on his behalf, declared with the contempt that only a fighter could have possessed: "It is a matter of rejoicing, I am prepared to be hanged!"
As he walked out of Cell 14 to the gallows, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru - defiant in death as they were in life - started to scream: "Inquilab Zindabad!", "Down, down Union Jack" and "Up, up national flag!"
All others in the Lahore jail were still frantically shouting the slogans when Bhagat Singh and his friends kissed the hangman's noose before putting it around their necks at 7 p.m. The date: March 23, 1931.
ps~>details are frm msn so dun wingh