Contest Article 1: Bhagat Singh (1907-1931)
Indian independence gave us many freedom fighters whom we can never forget. Their struggle for the independence showcased their patriotism in its true colors. And when we talk about them, the youngest character that comes in our mind is of Bhagat Singh.
Let us salute this young brave boy and pay our tribute by reviving those struggle memories again:
- Born in Banga, Jaranwala Tehsil, Lyallpur District, Punjab (Now in Pakistan).
- Died on March 23, 1931 in Lahore at age of 23.
- At the age of 12, after the Jallianwala Bagh incident, he bunked school and went to the place of the tragedy. He collected a bottle of mud wet with blood of Indians and worshipped it every day.
- He was a great actor in college and was praised for his plays on ‘Rana Pratap’, ‘Samrat Chandragupta’ and ‘Bharata-durdasha’.
- He said: “They may kill me, but they cannot kill my ideas. They can crush my body, but they will not be able to crush my spirit.”
- He along with Sukhdev planned to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai and plotted to kill the Superintendent of Police James Scott in Lahore. But mistakenly John Saunders, the Assistant Superintendent of Police was shot.
- Although a Sikh by birth, he shaved his beard and cut his hair to avoid being recognised and arrested for the killing. He managed to escape from Lahore to Calcutta.
- A year later, he and Batukeshwar Dutt threw bombs in the Central Assembly Hall in Delhi, and shouted “Inquilab Zindabad!” after which he was arrested.
- His death sentence was pronounced on 7 October 1930, which he heard with defiant courage.
- During his stay in jail, he was on a hunger strike.
- He was hanged on 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.
- It is said that Bhagat Singh marched to the gallows with a smile on his face and his one last act of defiance was shouting "Down with British imperialism."
- India’s most famous freedom fighter was only 23 years old when he was hanged. His death inspired hundreds to take up the cause of the freedom movement.
Jai Hind! Vande Mataram! Bharat Mata Ki Jai!