Thursday, March 23, 2006

Bhagat Singh

Remember Bhagat Singh? He, along with Raj Guru and Sukh Dev, was executed by the British on March 23rd 1931 for his role in the Lahore Conspiracy case. Bhagat Singh played a small but spectacular role in our freedom movement. Such was his charisma that most of the young freedom fighters of his time looked upon him as a source of inspiration.

Bhagat Singh, however, did not win the Mahatma’s approval because of the violent methods that he employed. The annual session of the Congress was held at Karachi a mere six days after his execution. In spite of that both the Mahatma and the Congress were not too keen on supporting a resolution taken up by the revolutionaries.

As a compromise a few lines were added to the resolution which was then grudgingly passed. The resolution read, “The Congress while dissociating itself from and disapproving of political violence in any shape or form, places on record its admiration of the bravery and sacrifice……..”

A lot of the revolutionary youth believed that the Mahatma had not done enough to save Bhagat Singh and they welcomed Mahatma Gandhi with black flowers and garlands when he arrived in Karachi for the Congress session.

Given that today is the 75th anniversary of his execution, I thought, there would be some commemorative activity undertaken by the Central government. But so far I have not heard of any. I hope to god I am wrong and that there are, even as I key this in, activities underway which commemorate him. Seems unlikely though. His contribution to the freedom struggle has by and large been ignored by us all.

The only time we remembered Bhagat Singh was a couple of years ago when there was the farce of three Bollywood films on his life being released. Simultaneously.


Well! I guess he was not lucky enough to be born into the Nehru-Gandhi parivar.

That would have helped.

18 comments:

kuffir said...

well, sonia has made it her day now..have you heard the news? it does help being a gandhi.

Anonymous said...

Gautam,

Just wanted to say I like the way you think and write.

Also, wanted to know if you are somehow related to late Sri Nyayapati Raghava Rao (Radio annayya).

kuffir said...

:))

Nyayapati Gautam said...

Yes. I am.

Anonymous said...

I have tremendous love and respect for radio annayya and akkayya. I owe a lot to those two great people. Is there a way I can contact you if you don't mind? I am just excited to find someone close to my age who is directly related to them. Just want to share some thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I am glad that Shaheed Bhagat Singh did not belong to the Nehru-Gandhi family .. the very people who wanted him dead as the youth of INC were trying to idealise Him. Gautam it gives me immense pleasure that there are few amongst the current young generation who think about this great hero on his 75th death anniversary. I am shwetha an avid fan and follower of the marxist principles of Bhagat Singh whose sacrifice has gone waste par excellence.

Mohit Chauhan said...

Why Bhagat Singh...The same thing was faced by Bose as well.Whn INA was knocking at the door of India for help frm inside,Gandhi and others were denying it on the grounds of non-violence.Think of the mental situation of a man living all his life for his country n whn he is almost there,the same contrymen not ready to support him in the cause,,,Even Bose was human...

Pankaj said...

Nice to see that some one else also remembered March 23rd.

Nyayapati Gautam said...

Really really sorry for responding soo late. Just that I was not keeping track of the comments. :-(

Of course I would love to get in touch. Just let me know you email id and I will mail you.

BOND said...

MAHATMA GANDHI KILL SARDAR BHAGAT SINGH, RAJGURU, SUKHDEV

Anonymous said...

Every one has to take Bhagat Singh in his or her mind when he or she will think about freedom.The actual truth is that Bhagat gave his life so that You ,me and today's people can see the Independent India.

Not like that man who is commenting Hinsa or Ahinsa with a wooden stick.I can only say that He is speaking like a today's politician which takes every single person (mem ,women and children )on his side.My comment is this that "A POLITICIAN HAS A BIG HANDS TOI KILL BHAGAT" We all are too small to say anything good or bad about Bhagat.The difference is that we know or we believe wat we read in school books.Some one known to me went there to Bhagat's Vill and ask to Fioncee about Bhagat ,whole time she will cry and say.sometime she needs doctor when repeating bhagat'story.

Tarun Nangal Town Ship In gurgaon from 3rd November

Anonymous said...

bhagat singh get his inspiration From KARTAR SINGH SARABHA who was a freedom fighter in 1914-15.

From :- Tarun Nangal town ship
Gurgaon

Anonymous said...

Gandhi and Congress stupids are killed the Indian Hero BHAGAT SINGH

rohit said...

i dont know anything about these stupid politicians of our country but yes its bcoz of great late bhagat singh only that our country has got frerdom and we live here may be poeple dont rember him but those who dont its there hard luck .

Anonymous said...

BHAGAT SINGH, RAJGURU and SUKHDEV are the real hero. Every youth should take inspiration from them, from their thinking. We should not depend on politics. Live your life in your own way for the betterment of INDIA.

Anonymous said...

Bhagat Singh is the hero...

he was the only man of all ..hats off to Rajguru and sukhdev..

JAI HIND

andy@zrmt.com said...

I know the coverage of Bhagat Singh via the Bollywood movies might not be the best way to remember or mark such a man's death - but it is a great way of educating the 'masses' - which is exactly Bhagat's message during the trial.

I'd just like to say that thanks to the films I've heard more about Bhagat, and intend to read into him and his work, and also that of Rajguru and Sukhdev

Anonymous said...

Thank you, that was extremely valuable and interesting...I will be back again to read more on this topic.