Good morning to everyone present here
“They might kill me, but my ideas will live on. They may be able to break my bones, but they cannot break my spirit.”Bhagat Singh
I imagine that this quote brought to mind Bhagat Singh, one of the greatest liberation fighters in Indian history.
On September 28, 1907, he was born in the Punjabi family of Sandhu Jat. His father Sardar Kishan Singh and uncle Sardar Ajit Singh actively participated in the struggle for India’s independence, hence he was reared by freedom fighters.
Being born and raised in such a setting always gave him the desire to expel the British from India. All of it was circulating in his blood. He dropped out of school at the age of 13 in support of Mahatma Gandhi’s call to boycott all institutions supported by the government.
Later, he enrolled at Lahore’s National College, where he learned about European revolutionary movements, which greatly inspired him. He was driven to Amritsar by the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh Massacre when he kissed the land made holy by blood.
He established the Naujavan Bharat Sabha in 1925 to support national movements. He afterward joined the Hindustan Republican Association, where he met other Indian revolutionaries. He also started penning anti-British revolutionary writings.
All of his actions drew the British people’s attention to him. In 1927, they also detained him. When liberation fighter Lala Lajpat Rai was killed in an attack by Britishers in 1928, it marked a turning point in his life. When India lost one of its most active liberation fighters, Deputy Inspector General Scott, Bhagat Singh was determined to exact revenge by shooting the officer. He mistook another official for Scott and shot him down. Then, after making his getaway from Lahore to Kolkata and then to Agra, he set up a bomb plant.
In opposition to the trade dispute laws, he and his allies bombed the Central Legislative Assembly. He turned himself in; the police detained him for doing so; and he admitted to being involved in the incident. To protest the cruel treatment of his fellow inmates, he embarked on a hunger strike for 116 days inside the prison.
Later, on March 23, 1931, he was put to death at the age of 23. Before being hanged at such a young age, he was grinning. He was a freedom fighter who never considered the value of his own life, who never stopped grinning, and gave his everything for his country till the very end.
Bhagat Singh, who was a brilliant unrivaled revolutionary from a very young age, was in fact a great patriot. He is a person who as a child fantasized about growing weaponry in the fields to fight the British. He never feared for his life and was always willing to sacrifice everything for his country. His passing sparked a wave of patriotism across the entire nation. He has always been regarded as a heroic son of an Indian mother and a martyr for the nation.
However, Bhagat Singh was a revolutionary thinker and a man who was ahead of his time. He wasn’t just a martyr; he was more.
Drawing inspiration from individuals such as Karl Marx and Mahatma Gandhi, his views and dreams supported a society free from the constraints of caste and class oppression. Regardless of their origin, he envisioned a nation where everyone might live in dignity and equality. Singh’s actions were questionable, but they were a plain demonstration of his unwavering moral principles and commitment to the cause of Indian independence.
His bravery and sacrifice have inspired generations of Indians to fight against injustice and work toward a brighter future. His legacy serves as a stark reminder that every action, no matter how small, has the potential to bring about change and improve everyone’s quality of life.
We will always refer to him as Shaheed Bhagat Singh.