Bhagat Singh was a true symbol of heroism for the youth of India. Born on September 28, 1909, in Lyallpur now in Pakistan. Bhagat was the son of Shri Kishan and Shrimati Vidyavati. He was still a student of the National College and only sixteen years of age when he joined the revolutionary movement.
The very tragedy of Jallianwala Bagh in 1919, where the British fired at the gathering in the bagh killing men, women, and children. This event caused a wave of terror and anger amongst the people all over the country. Bhagat Singh then a young lad of twelve years was greatly disturbed by this event. The feeling that the British must be driven out of India., lodged in the young boy’s mind. He asked his father Kishan Singh who himself was a revolutionary for permission to join the revolutionary movement.
Later on, he even refused to marry and dedicate his life to the Liberation of India. He organized revolutionary activities others like namely Raj Guru, Chandrashekhar Azad, Sukhdev, and others. The planned agitations in Panjab, U.P., Delhi. They also planned agitation against the Simon Commission who had come from England to India to decide how much freedom and responsibility could be given to Indians. The absence of Indians on the committee made the Indians very angry. They protested with black flags, shouting ‘Go Back, Simon’. Lala Lajpat Rai was the patriot leader of this group. An officer named Saunders had hit Lala Lajpat Rai on his chest. Lalaji was badly injured and succumbed to his injuries a month later. This loss was avenged by Bhagat Singh and his revolutionaries who decided to kill Scott who had ordered the assault, instead they killed Saunders, the same officer who had hit Lalaji and killed him.
They also exploded a bomb in the Central Legislative Assembly of ‘Inqalaab Zindabad’ ( long live Revolution). Bhagat Singh and his companions were arrested and a trial commenced. The judgment said that Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru, and Sukhdev were to be hanged until death while some others were jailed for a few years. The day decided was the 24th of March 1931, but they were hanged a day earlier and not even their families were allowed to meet them. Even on the day of hanging, they were fearless and cheerful. Kissing the rope, they themselves put it around their neck, they died with the name of Bharat Mata on their lips.
Bhagat Singh was a revolutionary and a true patriot. He was against the tyrannical explorers and was of the view that the people were strong enough to rid themselves of their capitalist oppressors. He urged the people to feel proud and dedicate themselves to the liberation of their Motherland. Bhagat Singh died when he was only twenty-four years of age. An age at which other young people indulge in trivial pleasures and have no real aim in life. We owe it to him, and to the others who had died for the nation, to realize their dreams and shape India according to the ideals set by them that of a progressive and peaceful India.
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