I am a firm believer of the fact that ‘Charkha’ alone did not spin the magic of freedom for India. The echoing voices of ‘Inquelab Zindabad’ by young martyrs like Bhagat Singh have marked an indelible impact in shaping progressive and free India.
So when I voice my respect for Bhagat Singh, I do not in any way undermine the contribution of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of nation. When I seek to see Bhagat Singh’s face on currency notes, I am not disrespecting the decision given by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) panel which voted against the inclusion of any other national leader’s image on banknotes saying that no other personality could better represent the ethos of the country than Mahatma Gandhi.
I am just saying that Bhagat Singh is one of those martyrs who stand out as an ideal model for India’s youth. He has been named ‘Shaheed-e-Azam’ for the maturity, fearlessness and courage he showed when he was sentenced to death.
It is not just about Bhagat Singh, I believe Reserve Bank of India can do a special series featuring greatest Indians like Shubhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Maharana Pratap and all those who laid down their lives to make India free. Their countless sacrifices need to be reminded to the youth of India which is currently facing a nationalism crisis. We need to share the stories of valour and sacrifices of bygone era.
Bhagat Singh deserves a little space, if not whole, on the currency notes if RBI really wants to commemorate the sacrifices made by people who actually played a great role in shaping the nation and fought for freedom for our Nation.
Earlier, Reserve Bank of India had brought out Rs 5 coins bearing the picture of great freedom fighter,Saheed Bhagat Singh to mark his birth centenary year.
On the birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh, I seek the support of Indians to share this article with the Government of India and RBI requesting to print a special series with Bhagat Singh’s picture on currency notes.