Friday, April 13, 2007
Unveiling the martyr
Somewhere in an obscure mansion at Saketri village, located in the foothills of lower Shivaliks, Bhagat Singh’s life is being visited all over again. From the martyr’s voracious interest in the ideology and trials of Gharadites to the mighty spirit behind his death wish, the minutest detail of his life is being reconstructed.
At the heart of the exercise is a grand old man, eager to bring to the surface unknown aspects about the life, trial and martyrdom of Bhagat and his comrades. "Bhagat can’t be understood in isolation with his friends. His life was woven around the comrades at the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association/Army (HSRA). It was to honour Bhagat’s love for his friends that his mother Vidya Vati had disallowed the erection of the martyr’s statue at Khatkar Kalan, their ancestral village," says 77-year-old Malwinderjit Singh Waraich, a criminal lawyer, who has been commissioned by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to author the biography of Bhagat Singh. Under way, the book will be released at Khatkar Kalan (Nawashahr) on Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary, September 28, this year. For more Click here
NEW DELHI: A new art gallery will be inaugurated at Indian Women's Press Corps here on Thursday with an exhibition of paintings based on the theme "1857-1947".
As the nation gets together to commemorate the 150 years of the 1857 uprising, the IWPC art gallery will display a collage of works by well-known artists. For details Click Here
|Martyr’s nephew Prof Jagmohan Singh says there is more to Bhagat Singh than the popular image of a gun-totting extremist. He was an intellectual and the youth need to see him in this light. Our correspondent talks to some youth to find out that this concern is not unjustified|
Chandigarh, March 22: Bhagat Singh is one icon who needs no resurrection of any sort, for the simple fact that his image never faded from public consciousness. Be it the turbulent days of terrorism when Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale used him as a symbol or the present times when youth in Punjab celebrate his memory with gusto, his posters sell like hot cakes, books on him and papers written by him are being churned out faster than religious cassettes, his stickers dot windscreens and even his moustache style is in vogue. Click here for more
Nawanshahr: Shaheed Bhagat Singh's native village, Khatkar Kalan in Nawanshahr, remembered the heroic martyr on the 75th anniversary of his death.
In 1975, Bhagat Singh's ancestral house, containing his memorabilia, was converted into a museum on the occasion of his 50th birthday. The Punjab archaeological department is currently looking after it.
From his birth chart to rare photographs, those who come to visit the legend's house revere everything in the museum.
"We are proud of him for his sacrifice to the country. We feel that one should fight for freedom. If they hadn't made the sacrifices, India would never have got its freedom," said Krishna, a visitor at the museum.
The Bhagat Singh Seva Samithi, Hyderabad is working on the lines of the great visionary that the legend Bhagat Singh was. Here is some food for thought on his Birth centenary. The Organisation is a group of enthusiasts while performing their daily routine would like to contribute to the society.
Later this year the nation will celebrate the birth centenary of Sardar Bhagat Singh and as a curtain raise, the revolutionary hero is getting a great deal more attention that he would otherwise get. It is also a good time to study his ideology. But even though, I started off trying to read up about a man of who I had read about only in history books, I ended up admiring the man. I am learning to admire Bhagat Singh not necessarily for his ideological convictions which I do not agree with but for the sheer amount of content that hi short life of only 23 years produced. Bhagat Singh, born in 1907 was hanged on , 1931 having avenged the lathi charge on his hero ands mentor, Lala Lajpat Rai who died shortly after the lathi charge.
Bollywood has of course done well to capture the influence his life had through Rang De Basanti as well as through at least 5 other biopics on his life. They might or might not have done him justice. But it is amazing as to how what we would think to be a callow youth developed strong convictions, lived by them and died for them. Bhagat singh was an atheist, considered to be one of the earliest Marxist in and in line with hi thinking, he renamed the Hindustan Republican Party and called it the Hindustan Socialist Revolutionary Party. Bhagat Finally, awaiting his own execution for the murder of Saunders, Bhagat Singh at the young age of 24 studied Marxism thoroughly and wrote a profound pamphlet “Why I am an Atheist. ” which is an ideological statement in itself.
The circumstances of his death and execution are worth recounting. Although, Bhagat Singh had assassinated Saunders, the Assistant Superintendent of Police at as a means of avenging Lala Lajpat Rai’s death, he was not arrested then. It was later, when he along with his co patriots threw a bomb in ’s Central Legislative Assembly, that he was captured though escape could have been possible as he wanted to embrace martyrdom. Consequent to that, once sentenced to death, he made no further appeals to the higher courts or the Privy Council in the House of Lords.
There is some controversy about the role of Mahatma Gandhi in the attempts that were otherwise made to save him from the gallows. The Gandhi – Irwin talks were going on at the time and it was felt that a word from Gandhi could have made a difference. Other leaders like Motilal Nehru made public appeals , but it seems that Gandhiji kept away , ostensibly because he believed in non violence but according to some historians, because he perceived Bhagat Singh to be a threat like Netaji to his own stranglehold over the Nationalist movement.
As I said in the beginning, I set out to debate it out whether Bhagat Singh was an terrorist or a freedom fighter but like the actors in Aamir Khan’s Rang De Basanti who are happy go lucky folks whose lives are transformed as they read about the characters they play, I find myself challenged. When we all see and read about are Vikas Yadav , Anand Jon , Amardeep Singh Gill, and the many politically active Bahu Balis of Uttar Pradesh is it really possible that a man like Bhagat Singh achieved all that he did and left behind a lasting revolutionary legacy that lasts till this day and all that in a short span of 24 years? Well may be Bhagat singh was a terrorist and may be he wasn’t. But he surely lived a full life in the short span of time he was alive. And that by itself is no mean thing!