We have seen true patriots over centuries past. We have seen soldiers die for their love of this great country. There have been martyrs and there have been heroes. And then there were Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev…
What was it or rather what is it about them that makes them our undisputed role models? We have been reading about many brave hearts across our history who willingly and with a wide smile on their faces looked death in the eye and numerous of them accepted it as their fate just for their love of India. Still… the way Bhagat Singh embraced death for the love of nation… is something that gives me goosebumps.
Born on 28th September 1907, Bhagat Singh came to be known as a prominent freedom fighter. People don’t know that even his father, Kishan Singh was a true patriot and he was in jail at the time of Bhagat’s Singh’s birth. His uncle, Sardar Ajit Singh too was a great Indian freedom fighter. He established the Indian Patriot’s Association. It will only be fair to say that the love for their nation flowed in their very veins and patriotism was in their blood.
Bhagat Singh was the voice of the young India then and he had very clear notions and thoughts about the current situation of the country.
While opposing Simon’s Commission, Lala Lajpat Rai with Pandit Madan Mohan had started a silent protest march in Lahore. It was during this protest march that Superintendent of Police James Scott hit Lala Lajpat Rai repeatedly with lathi that caused his death. Bhagat Singh was an eye witness to this act and decided to kill Scott as revenge. But dues to some identity misunderstanding, he killed a junior officer.
On April 8, 1929, Bhagat Singh, along with freedom fighter Batukeshwar Dutt, hurled two bombs inside the Central Legislative Assembly in New Delhi to protest against an unfavourable Bill. He willingly got arrested while shouting the slogans of ‘Inquilab Zindabad ‘.
We know him as “Shaheed Bhagat Singh” because he was one of the youngest to have sacrificed his life for the freedom of our country. He was a prominent leader of the “Hindustan Social republican Association” and was hanged till death by the British on 23rd March, 1931. But sadly, Indian government has not yet accorded Bhagat SIngh or Rajguru or Sukhdev the status of martyrs!
There can never be any match or words to describe the role of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru in India’s freedom struggle. Their courage, intellect, dedication, commitment, sincerity, selflessness, patriotism, non-communal stance, and love for the downtrodden makes them an inspiration for generations to come. I request PM Narendra Modi Ji to accord them the status of martyrs. That would be the best tribute to their selfless sacrifices. #JaiHind