Bhagat Singh’s 113th Birth Anniversary

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“It is easy to kill individuals but you cannot kill the ideas. Great empires crumble while the ideas survive.” – Bhagat Singh 

Bhagat Singh was just 23 when he was hanged along with his comrades Rajguru and Sukhdev on 23 March 1931 in Lahore jail. He started young and his revolutionary fire was present in him even when he was a child. He often spoke about growing guns in the fields to fight the British. Legend has it that Singh marched to the gallows with a smile on his face while defiantly shouting “Down with British Imperialism!” On his 113th birth anniversary, let us remember the most inspiring young freedom fighter there ever was. Here are 8 super interesting facts about Bhagat Singh. 

  1. Bhagat Singh left home for Kanpur when his parents tried to get him married, saying that if he married in slave India, “my bride shall only be death” and joined Hindustan Socialist Republican Association.

  1. When the Jalianwala Bagh massacre took place, Bhagat Singh was in school. He immediately left the school and went straight to the place of the tragedy. He collected the mud of that place which was mixed with the blood of Indians and worshipped the bottle every day. At that time, he was just 12 years old.

  1. Bhagat Singh was a great actor in college and a theatre artist. He took part in several plays. The most notable plays he was part of were ‘Rana Pratap’, ‘Samrat Chandragupta’, and ‘Bharata-durdasha’.

  1. After witnessing the Hindu-Muslim riots that broke out after Gandhi disbanded the Non-Cooperation Movement, he began to question religious ideologies of the society. After that point, Singh dropped his religious beliefs. He believed that the religion hinders the revolutionaries’ struggle for independence, and started studying the works of Bakunin, Lenin, Trotsky – all atheist revolutionaries. This is what inspired his most revolutionary and influential essay titled ‘Why I am an Atheist’ in 1930 in Lahore Central Jail. 

  1. Bhagat Singh coined the word “political prisoner” during his stay in prison in 1930. During his stay in jail, he went on a hunger strike against the policy of better treatment for prisoners of foreign origin.

  1. Bhagat Singh never liked Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence. After the 1922 Chauri Chaura incident, Singh joined the Young Revolutionary Movement and began to advocate for the violent overthrow of the British Government in India.

  1. Singh was arrested on the false pretext of having been involved in a bombing when the British police became aware of Singh’s influence on youth.

  1. Singh was a great writer. He wrote for and edited Urdu and Punjabi newspapers, published from Amritsar, as well as contributed to low-priced pamphlets published by the Naujawan Bharat Sabha that excoriated the British. In 1923, during his college time, Singh won an essay competition set by the Punjab Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, writing on the problems in Punjab. He also wrote briefly for the Veer Arjun newspaper, published in Delhi and for Kirti, the journal of the Kirti Kisan Party. From May to September 1928, Singh published a series of articles on anarchism in Kirti. He often used pseudonyms such as Balwant, Ranjit and Vidhrohi for publishing his writings.


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The above information has been taken from the following sources –

https://www.indiatimes.com/culture/who-we-are/12-facts-about-bhagat-singh-that-you-still-didnt-know-231217.html

https://www.newsgram.com/facts-bhagat-singh/

https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/gk-current-affairs/story/bhagat-singh-facts-343625-2016-09-28

 

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