Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Our "Salute" to the Legend

Isn't it amazing that we can read about what was going on in the mind of someone more than 70years ago? Someone who might be an inspiration for many of us, someone who fought for his country and sacrificed his life for his fellow people, someone to whom we Indians owe our lives - Yes, I am talking about Shaheed Bhagat Singh here. Bhagat Singh (September 27, 1907 – March 23, 1931) was one of the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement. He is often referred to as Shaheed Bhagat Singh (the word shaheed means "martyr").

Bhagat Singh was a revolutionary ahead of his times. By "Revolution", he meant that the present order of things, which is based on manifest injustice, must change. Bhagat Singh studied the European revolutionary movement and was greatly attracted towards socialism. He realized that the overthrow of British rule should be accompanied by the socialist reconstruction of Indian society and for this political power must be seized by the workers.

His translated and some original writings can be read at:

Bhagat Singh was hanged when he was only 24 years old, along with two other great revolutionaries, Sukhdev and Rajguru on March 23, 1931.
Bhagat Singh will always be respected and will always live in our hearts for what he did for us at such a young age. Our salute to him!

Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna Ab Hamare Dil Mein
Dekhna Hai Zor Kitna Baazue Qaatil Mein Hai
[The desire for sacrifice is now in our hearts
We shall now see what strength there is in the boughs of the enemy.]