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Friday, April 13, 2007

The Bhagat Singh story

The Bhagat Singh story
Unveiling the martyr
Aditi Tandon

(L to R)Jaidev Kapoor, Shiv Verma and Surinder Pandey, Bhagat Singh’s friends, who were convicted in the Lahore Conspiracy Case
(L to R)Jaidev Kapoor, Shiv Verma and Surinder Pandey, Bhagat Singh’s friends, who were convicted in the Lahore Conspiracy Case

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

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