Bhagat Singh, India’s most famous freedom fighter, though he died young, only 23 years of age, his execution spurred many to take up the revolutionary path and fight for the nation’s freedom.
He was the man who called himself an atheist, he was the one who followed the true value enshrined in every religion — sacrifice. He believed in these couplets from Guru Granth Sahib “Soora so pehchaniye jo lade deen ke het, purja purja kat mare, kabuhn na chhade khet” (A brave is a person who fights for the downtrodden till last breath).
He was sentenced to be hanged on 24 March 1931, but it was brought forward by 11 hours to 23 March 1931 at 7:30 p.m.
It is said that no magistrate was willing to supervise the hanging. After the original death warrants expired it was an honorary judge who signed and oversaw the hanging.
Bhagat Singh’s contribution is simply indisputable. On his death anniversary let’s pay him a tribute by reviving some his thoughts.
“Every tiny molecule of Ash is in motion with my heat
I am such a Lunatic that I am free even in Jail.”
“I emphasize that I am full of ambition and hope and of full charm of life. But I can renounce all at the time of need, and that is the real sacrifice.”
“Bombs and pistols do not make a revolution. The sword of revolution is sharpened on the whetting-stone of ideas.“
“The people generally get accustomed to the established order of things and begin to tremble at the very idea of a change. It is this lethargical spirit that needs to be replaced by the revolutionary spirit.”
“…by crushing individuals, they cannot kill ideas.”
“I am a man and all that affects mankind concerns me”
“Life is lived on its own…other’s shoulders are used only at the time of funeral.”
“Lovers, Lunatics and poets are made of same stuff.”
“Any man who stands for progress has to criticize, disbelieve and challenge every item of the old faith.”
“Crush your individuality first. Shake off the dreams of personal comfort. Then start to work. Inch by inch you shall have to proceed. It needs courage, perseverance and very strong determination. No difficulties and no hardships shall discourage you. No failure and betrayals shall dishearten you. No travails (!) imposed upon you shall snuff out the revolutionary will in you. Through the ordeal of sufferings and sacrifice, you shall come out victorious. And these individual victories shall be the valuable assets of the revolution.”
“The sanctity of law can be maintained only so long as it is the expression of the will of the people.”
In the leaflet he threw in the Central Assembly on 9 April 1929, he stated: “It is easy to kill individuals but you cannot kill the ideas. Great empires crumbled, while the ideas survived.” Shaheed Bhagat Singh has tremendously proved it.