"Bombs and pistols do not make a revolution. The sword of revolution is sharpened on the whetting-stones of ideas." -Bhagat Singh.
On 28Th September 1907 in the province of Punjab (now Pakistan), a young revolutionary was born in the arms of Mother India to liberate and bestow her with the freedom from the colonial rule of British India; the young revolutionary was none other than – Bhagat Singh more popularly known as Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh.
Bhagat Singh was an Indian revolutionary who was attracted to the anarchist and Marxist ideologies. Even the October revolution by John Lennon made a massive impact on the thoughts of Bhagat inspiring him forward for a free India. The slogan of "Inquilab Zindabad" or "Long live revolution" was coined by him and rapidly became a fuel for a revolution followed by his hanging which played a very big role in gathering the masses, motivating and inspiring them for a free India and hence the freedom of India owes a considerable debt to this revolutionary who was just hanged or gave a willing sacrifice for the greater good at an early age of 23 .
Here are some amazing and interesting facts to know about the youth icon Bhagat Singh-
At an early age of 8, Young Bhagat didn't take an interest in toys and games, but instead, he wanted to show the fields with guns and ammunition so that the flourished crops would help the Indians get free from the rule of British.
Jallianwala Bagh Massacre had a significant impact on young Bhagat; at the age of 12, he skipped school one day and went to the place where this massacre happened. Young Bhagat filled up a bottle of mud with the blood of the people that had died there and through his life, he worshipped and drew strength and courage from that bottle of mud.
After an age when his parents wanted him to marry and have a settled life of his own, he chooses to be a revolutionary and fight for the freedom of India, refusing his parents wish and ran to Kanpur, where he joined the “Hindustan Socialist Republican Movement” to do his part in Indian revolution.
After the demise of Lala Lajpat Rai, Bhagat Singh along with Sukhdev planned to avenge and assassinate the Superintendent of police – James Scot but due to mistaken identity ended up killing the assistant Superintendent of police – John Saunders.
After being sentenced to jail, Bhagat Singh saw the unequal treatment of rights between foreign prisoners and Indian prisoners and started a hunger strike that lasted 116 days for equal rights such as of good food, clothes, books, and newspapers.
Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru were sentenced to be hanged till death on 24th March 1931, but due to the growing flames of revolution authorities moved up 11 hours ahead and hanged him on 23rd March 1931, which is now observed as the Martyrs Day.
Bhagat Singh, along with other revolutionaries will always be remembered for his courage, sacrifice, dedication, and honor that played a significant role in the freedom of India.
“LONG LIVE THE REVOLUTION”