Revolutionary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, a brave man, and an iconic figure in the conscious minds of every Indian. Even after decades of him being hanged, his devotion to the country keeps him immortal. His ideologies are yet congruent to the socio-political scenario of the country. The catchphrase ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ echoes in the ears of millions.
Born on 28th September 1907 to a politically active Sikh family, Bhagat Singh is not only known as a fearless patriot but also a prolific thinker. Gleaned from certain records, Bhagat Singh in his short life span read approximately 550 books. Besides his interest in socialism, he had a passion for reading novels with political and economic themes. Dickens, Upton Sinclair, Hall Cane, Victor Hugo, Oscar Wilde were some of his favorites. It is learned that the voracious reader, Bhagat Singh, during his days in jail wrote four books that were destroyed.
As a child, Bhagat Singh grew under the shadow of revolution as it said that his father and uncle were actively associated in the Ghadar movement. A well-known story of three-year-old Bhagat Singh’s digging a field outside his home to sow guns unfolds his desperate hope to get rid of the British rulers from the country. Later, the young lad stepped into the Gandhian Era of India which was under progress.
Another story from the records of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre portrays the 11-year-old patriot Bhagat Singh, who bunked his school and hurried to Jallianwala Bagh hours after thousands of unarmed men and pregnant women were killed. It is said, Bhagat Singh collected some soil with the blood of martyrs and carried it in his pockets for several months. Well-Read and an atheist Bhagat Singh are yet known to be a freedom fighter who understood the fine line between being a nationalist and a patriot. ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ the phrase that remains embedded in the history of freedom struggle was chanted by him, after bombing the Central Legislative Assembly in Delhi with an intention to harm none.
An extraordinary legend, Bhagat Singh’s death inspired several youths to join the Indian freedom struggle. The 23-year-old’s influence was such that none of the magistrates were eager to supervise his execution, as penned down later. As yet, nearly after 9 decades of his execution, the debate on when and whether he was hanged continues.