Bhagat Singh – The Real Hero


September 27 marks the birth anniversary of the greatest son and freedom fighter of India, Bhagat Singh. He was born on this auspicious day in 1907 in Lyallpur district of the Punjab Province of British India. He was a patriot by birth and was always ready to go to any extent that is beneficial for country’s independence. His bravery is world known. This post is a simple tribute to this brave and fearless fighter. He lived only for 24 years but within this short span of time, he was able to make an everlasting impact on millions of millions of Indians.

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When Bhagat Singh was 12 years old, he visited the site of Jallianwala Bagh massacre where thousands of unarmed innocent people were killed which marked an impact of British cruelty on Indians on his mind. He was disillusioned with Gandhi philosophy of non-violence  after Gandhi called off the non cooperation movement. He had devoted his entire life for the cause of nation and that is why he was reluctant to get married. In fact he left the home to avoid marriage and wrote a letter in which he had quoted.

My life has been dedicated to the noblest cause, that of the freedom of the country. Therefore, there is no rest or worldly desire that can lure me now.

Simon Commission was set up by British in 1928 but it did not have any Indian members. So there was a huge protest across the country. Lala Lajpat Rai led a march in protest against the Commission. Police attempts to disperse the large crowd resulted in violence. The superintendent of police, James A. Scott, ordered the police to lathi charge the protesters and personally assaulted Rai, who was injured. Rai died of a heart attatck on 17 November 1928. In a way to take revenge of his death, Singh conspired with revolutionaries like Shivaram Rajguru, Sukhdev Thapar and Chandrashekhar Azad to kill Scott. However, in a case of mistaken identity, the plotters shot John P. Saunders, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, as he was leaving the District Police Headquarters in Lahore on 17 December 1928.

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Bhagat Singh is most popularly known for his involvement in bomb explosion in Central Legislative Assembly on April 8, 1929. He along with his revolutionary friend Batukeshwar Dutt accompanied the explosion. They were present their only after the bomb blast and shouted the slogan “Inquilab Zindabad”  and were arrested.  The nominal intention was to protest against the Public Safety Bill and the Trade Dispute Act, which had been rejected by the Assembly but were being enacted by the Viceroy using his special powers; the actual intention was for the perpetrators to get themselves arrested so that they could use appearances in court as a stage to publicise their cause. Their intention was not to kill but to make their voice audible to British government as in the words of  Bhagat Singh – ” If the deaf are to hear the sound has to be very loud”.

The execution started and based on the investigation Sukhdev, Bhagat Singh and Rajaguru were found guilty of Saunders murder, Assembly bombing and bomb manufacture and were put in jail. The discrimination between European and Indian prisoners in all areas in jail lead to infinite hunger strike started by Bhagat Singh and his followers in jail in order to protest. The Britishers used all the ticks and tricks including force-feeding and other tortures but were unable to put single drop of water in their mouth. The fast lasted for 116 days until it broke. Meanwhile, the trial continued and  on 7 October 1930, the tribunal delivered its 300-page judgement based on all the evidence and concluded that participation of Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru was proved beyond reasonable doubt in Saunders’ murder. They were sentenced to death by hanging. The remaining twelve accused were all sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment.

On 23rd March, 1931,  Sukhdev, Bhagat Singh and Rajaguru were hanged till death and became immortal in our heart. This day is celebrated as Shaheed Divas or Martyrs’ Day in India.

Bollywood had also paid tribute to this son of India by making movies depicting his life and struggle. The most successful movie remains Manoj Kumar’s Shaheed which was released in 1965. In 2002 three movies were made on Bhagat Singh’s life namely Ajay Devgn’s  The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Bobby Deol’s 23rd March 1931 Shaheed and Shaheed-e-Azam.   The 2006 film Rang De Basanti is a film drawing parallels between revolutionaries of Bhagat Singh’s era and modern Indian youth.

Bhagat Singh was not only a revolutionary but he was a writer too. You will be surprised to know that he was an atheist. In his book “Why I am an atheist”  he had thoroughly described the reason behind being an atheist. I have read that book and it is worth read for all those who love to read books. It won’t take much of your time as it is not thick it is thin. 🙂 I would like to share one of the extract from that book which can be found on wikipedia page too…

As regard the origin of God, my thought is that man created God in his imagination when he realised his weaknesses, limitations and shortcomings. In this way he got the courage to face all the trying circumstances and to meet all dangers that might occur in his life and also to restrain his outbursts in prosperity and affluence. God, with his whimsical laws and parental generosity was painted with variegated colours of imagination. He was used as a deterrent factor when his fury and his laws were repeatedly propagated so that man might not become a danger to society. He was the cry of the distressed soul for he was believed to stand as father and mother, sister and brother, brother and friend when in time of distress a man was left alone and helpless. He was Almighty and could do anything. The idea of God is helpful to a man in distress.

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This post is a tribute to one of the greatest son 0f India who hanged happily for the sake of nation.

– Ashish Kumar

Note – This is the 100th post on this blog and I would like to thank all of you from bottom of my heart for supporting and motivating me which made me to write always. And I hope the journey continues… 🙂

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61 thoughts on “Bhagat Singh – The Real Hero

    • Ashish kumar September 25, 2015 / 12:55 pm

      Yes, thats true… Thank you so much for reading and sharing your views… And welcome back here after an year… 🙂 good to have you back… 🙂

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    • Ashish kumar September 25, 2015 / 2:15 pm

      Welcome to my blog… Thank you so much for reading this article and sharing your views… Thanks for your wishes… 🙂
      I will surely check your 100th post soon and congrats for hitting a century… 🙂

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  1. hasmeetwrites September 25, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    I wonder if Bhagat Singh was alive today, how would he react to the partition, the commonality prevalent in our country? It pains me to see that even after his selfless sacrifice, this nation has failed him… The youth is engaged in drugs, rapes, hooliganism and many more evils.

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    • Ashish kumar September 28, 2015 / 10:31 am

      Yes, that’s true and it is the people who are responsible for this. The people makes and break the country. Its sad that these things are still prevailing in society after so many years of independence… Hope the day of refinement should come soon…

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  2. Nihar Pradhan September 25, 2015 / 7:50 pm

    Thanks for reminding us and sharing such profound thoughts about him…indeed he was a true hero and we all salute with reverence…
    In such short duration of life and he has created such a big impact amongst all of us…time is never in short only that we don’t know the art of managing the available time, many times we keep complaining we don’t have enough time…

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    • Ashish kumar September 28, 2015 / 10:27 am

      Yes time is never in short. The thing is one should be focussed on his/her goal and start preparing to fulfil it… One need to manage the same and get to know his own potential and should move forward… 🙂
      Thank you so much for reading sir and sharing the valuable view… feeling humbled and privileged… 🙂

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      • Nihar Pradhan September 28, 2015 / 11:33 am

        The mystery of times keeps haunting all of us, and as rightly said those focused does the time management better than the rest…unearthing one’s potential is the challenge, when we need others tell us what we are good at.
        Always a pleasure reading your views…
        😀

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      • Ashish kumar September 29, 2015 / 2:13 pm

        Thank you so much… Its my pleasure too to be in touch with you… 🙂

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  3. Rakshanda Vyas September 25, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    Bhagat singh was probably the first freedom fighter I got to know about, so he is always special for me😊

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    • Ashish kumar September 28, 2015 / 10:24 am

      That’s so nice to know… He is indeed a source of inspiration for many… 🙂 Thank you so much for reading… 🙂

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  4. Yashika September 27, 2015 / 11:17 pm

    Thank you for writing out this post to commemorate the sacrifice of the legendary freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh.
    Congratulations on your hundredth post!:-)

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    • Ashish kumar September 28, 2015 / 10:21 am

      Thank you so much for reading and appreciating the post… Welcome to my blog… good to have you here… keep visiting and motivating me with your valuable views… 🙂

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  5. saaranshsinghpundir September 28, 2015 / 12:18 am

    Wonderful post my friend…I really appreciate u brought this post on ‘Bhagat Singh’, he was one of the true fighter and inspiration for anybody……….. u made my day 🙂

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  6. Yogesh Parashar September 29, 2015 / 8:32 am

    Bhagat Singh is always a legend. It’s always a wonderful feeling to read about him.
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    • Ashish kumar September 29, 2015 / 2:09 pm

      Thank you so much for your visit here… Welcome to my blog… keep visiting and motivating me with your valuable views… 🙂 I will check your blog soon… 🙂

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  7. Leena Walawalkar September 29, 2015 / 11:23 am

    Hey Ashish, the real heroes of our country these guys..yes India has a lot to do and its citizens have a lot to focus on, for the real development of the country, but nonetheless all of us truly love our country..and so a big salute to all those who’ve sacrificed their lives for it!

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      • Ashish kumar September 29, 2015 / 2:08 pm

        Thank you so much for your wishes… 🙂

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    • Ashish kumar September 29, 2015 / 2:07 pm

      Yes, they are the real heroes who have created an everlasting impact on us and their legacy will be carried for generations to come…
      Thank you so much for reading and sharing your valuable views… 🙂

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    • Ashish kumar October 4, 2015 / 9:53 pm

      Welcome to my blog Priya… Thank you so much for your visit… 🙂
      Thank you so much for considering me for this award. Feeling privileged. 🙂

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    • Ashish kumar October 23, 2015 / 5:59 pm

      Thank you so much for appreciating my effort… 🙂

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