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‘My Tribute to Bhagat Singh’

Everything in this world, either good or bad, needs advertisement and so I am using the tag line ‘Singh is King’ to portray Bhagat Singh as the ‘Father of Gandhiji’. Obviously, Mahatma Gandhiji is the ‘Father of our nation’ but to me Bhagat Singh, one of the most daring revolutionaries during the British Rule in India, should be rightly called the ‘Father of Gandhiji’ for a very good reason. Bhagat Singh and his comrades were convicted and sentenced to death for throwing harmless bombs in the assembly.(popularly called the ‘Lahore Conspiracy Case’) Throughout his period in jail, Bhagat Singh got himself involved in a chain of struggles; it was not just his ‘hunger strikes’ that scared away the Colonial British Regime but also his command over the English Language and his maturity to handle complex matters of legal defence. That was why the British were very determined to get rid of him. Just hearing me calling Bhagat Singh the ‘Father of Gandhiji’ should fuel controversies. The controversial product of my unparalleled thinking does spring up from a sound reason and let me explain this to the readers in my own way. During his nearly two year incarceration before his execution, which took place on March 23, 1931, Bhagat Singh frequently observed hunger strike and the total period of hunger strike observed by him in prison is about five months.(As recorded in the Jail Notebook and also in other volumes of exhibits of the Lahore Conspiracy Case) This is indeed more than the total period of hunger strike observed by Mahatma Gandhiji during his entire political career starting from South Africa. Had Bhagat Singh not become a prey to the hanging ropes of the cunning Britishers at a very young age, History would have taken a very different course. Bhagat Singh would have even emulated the feats of Gandhiji, replaced the picture of Mahatma Ganhiji in the Indian currency notes if he did not die at the tender age of 24. That’s why I call Bhagat Singh, the ‘Father of Gandhiji’ and through this small piece of writing, I pay my sincere tribute to Bhagat Singh. He is indeed one of a rare kind and hence every Indian shall chant ‘So Immortal is his soul that this man’s life can extend through all the endless ages of eternity’

REFERENCE: This is with reference to the article “Rare articles on Bhagat Singh’s trial and life in jail” by Chaman Lal in the OP-ED page of the Hindu daily dated 15th August 2011.


2 responses

  1. I too pay my sincere tribute to Bhagat Singh. He is indeed one of a rare kind and hence every Indian shall chant ‘So Immortal is his soul that this man’s life can extend through all the endless ages of eternity’Gandhi was a great admirer of Bhagat Singh’s patriotism.He appreciated how he had overcome the fear of death, but did not support the violence method Bhagat Singh followed.I do agree Bhagat Singh has played a major role in securing our country`s independence.But how can you call him ‘Father of Gandhiji’ ? .Hope you must remember the great Subhash Chandra Bose,who admired Gandhi,as a symbol of Indian Nationalism; he called him “The Father of Our Nation” in a radio broadcast from Rangoon in 1944.You must also understand that being the leader of Azad Hind Fauj,Subash Chandra bose too was an extremist and ideologies of gandhi were different,Still he called him “Father of nation”.In short Gandhiji is a symbol of Indian Nationalism and that factor has to be studied clearly before you make any comment on Gandhiji.
    History is just created and written by some one,So its a difficult area to interpret the real incidences that happened in the past.
    Hope the words of Bagath singh itself can give you a more light on ma note.
    “The aim of life is no more to control the mind, but to develop it harmoniously; not to achieve salvation here after, but to make the best use of it here below; and not to realise truth, beauty and good only in contemplation, but also in the actual experience of daily life; social progress depends not upon the ennoblement of the few but on the enrichment of democracy; universal brotherhood can be achieved only when there is an equality of opportunity – of opportunity in the social, political and individual life.”

    Inquilab Zindabad

    September 2, 2011 at 8:55 am

  2. sivaganesh

    nice one…

    September 5, 2011 at 7:37 am

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