Heads turn as a young and charismatic man runs on the streets of Punjab to Jallianwala Bagh, screaming Inquilab Zindabad. He wasn’t just screaming, he was infusing the power of togetherness among his fellow countrymen. The fight against the brutal British was crushing grounds as this young man was growing and understanding the harassment by the alien nation on India.
A man of truly commendable power, a leader of the weak, and a devotee of the motherland,
Shaheed Bhagat Singh was born on 28th September 1907. He is regarded as a folk hero
because of dynamic reasons. He was a socialist revolutionary of the Indian independence movement,
and also a firm believer in freedom. Fighting for one’s rights and freedom of motherland were rich ideals that were inculcated into the hearts of the people of India by Singh. Rightly called Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, he fought with all his power for the whole country. Today, on his birth anniversary, this article is my tribute to his devotion.
He was an avid reader and student who believed in the Marxist ideology. Also, he was a supporter of anarchism and communism, that’s why opted for an aggressive & violent frame of action against the British. He firmly wrote about anarchism
or vasudhaiva kutumbakam in his book Kirti. Witnessing the conditions of the Hindu-Muslim riots during the Non-Cooperation Movement, he shed his religious beliefs and became an atheist. He clarified that the people of a country should fight for freedom and not differentiate against each other based on religion. During his days at the prison, he stated that ideas of individuals cannot be killed, even if you kill them. That’s why as a result, so many people joined together to fight for India’s freedom even after his execution.
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The most interesting fact about him which resonates with his devotion is the time when he was 12, then he went to the Jallianwala Bagh to collect the mud which was engulfed by the blood of the dead Indians at the incident. He used to worship the bottle daily which infused the power of courage in him. Thereon, he pledged for the freedom movement in India. Also, he gave the famous slogan of
Seeing such devotion in the young heart of Bhagat Singh fills my heart with a deep appreciation for him. Even today’s youth could utilize their power of speech to contribute to the nation’s struggles like Singh. Today’s struggles like corruption, sexual harassment, terrorism, and religious disputes could be tackled if the youth and the educated people have the courage to speak up for what they believe in. Even if their life gets threatened during the struggle, their voice of opinion would be immortal.
As Bhagat Singh said, “They may kill me, but they cannot kill my ideas. They can crush my body, but they won’t be able to crush my spirit”, these lines remain infused in our hearts. His spirit wasn’t crushed during the execution that’s why he is immortal within our hearts. He passed on the energy of his spirits in today’s youth that’s why they have the power to speak up against democratically weak functions- LGBTQ rights, religious riots, female feticide, harassment, etc. Building up a nation with logic & power that is strong in democracy is the need of the hour.