New Delhi: On the 106th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, the man who sacrificed his life for India's freedom at the age of 23, CNN-IBN brings you the visionary behind the revolutionary. Bhagat Singh, known to had shook the British empire, paid for his patriotism with his life. But between September 1929 till the day before he was hung on March 23 1931, the young man on death row wrote a 404-page diary.
Bhagat's clean handwriting suggests his clarity of thought. Quoting the American poet Charlotte Perkins' he criticized child labor. His thoughts on equal opportunity and social justice ring true even today. He said, "There can be no equality, not even in politics and before the law, so long as there is glaring inequality in economic power."
Bhagat Singh also supported gender equality way ahead of his times. In his diary, he called marriage without equality a form of bonded labour even a legal form of prostitution. But then in the eyes of the Britishers he was a hot-headed 23 year old Marxist-Anarchist.
Bhagat's grandnephew Yadvinder Singh said, "On democracy, he wanted the 'right to recall' back then."
Himself sentenced to death, Bhagat Singh still supported capital punishment as a necessary evil. The young revolutionary had a vision for the free India that he so badly wanted but did not live to see. But in his own words Bhagat Singh says that his legacy will live on.
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