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Activists of Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) and Shiv Sena Punjab said Valentine’s Day should be observed as ‘black day’ as Bhagat Singh and two other freedom fighters were awarded the death sentence on this day in 1931.Claiming that a section of “misguided” youths celebrate the occasion as “love day” under the influence of western culture, the two outfits organized functions where they paid tributes to Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, and garlanded their pictures. We bust this myth here.
The activists, while paying glowing tributes to Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, claimed that the trio were awarded death sentence in the Lahore conspiracy case on February 14, 1931 though they were hanged on March 23 that year. Inderjit Karwal, senior state Vice-President Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) and Rajesh Palta, Vice President Shiv Sena Punjab, said February 14 was a “black day, rather than a love day, as our heroes were awarded death sentence on this day”.
Claiming that youths were ignorant about history, they said parents, teachers and social activists should educate children about this tragic historical fact so that this day is observed in a sombre way rather than as “vulgar Valentine’s Day.” “Ashleelta nahi shaleenta” (civilised behaviour, not vulgarity) should be the hallmark of February 14, they added.
10 Lesser known facts about Bhagat Singh
Bhagat Singh was born on 28 September, 1907. He was also known as Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh. He is one of the youngest freedom fighter who was hanged at the young age. In this article we are presenting some unknown facts about Bhagat Singh and his revolutionary life which not only inspires but also influence others.
Bhagat Singh was a brave freedom fighter and revolutionary of India Independence movement. His feelings of patriotism was not only restricted against British rule but also towards the division of India on communal lines. He could foresee it and to find such an esteemed leader is difficult. He was genius, mature and always attract towards socialism. He in fact participated in the non-cooperation movement.
He was attracted to anarchist and Marxist ideologies which further bring revolutionary ideas in his mind. He was a bright student, a reader and always actively participated in extra-curricular activities.
He was born on 28 September, 1907 in Punjab, India (now Pakistan), to a Sikh family. He was involved with several revolutionary organisations and set an example of patriotism in the country.
He quit school at thirteen to devote his life to Indian Independence and died at a very young age of 23. Popularly he is known as Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagt Singh. He was found guilty of killing a British police officer and hanged on March 23, 1931. Here, we are presenting some inspiring and unknown facts about Bhagat Singh.
10 Lesser known facts about Bhagat Singh
1. After Jallianwala Bagh incident at the age of 12, he bunked school and went to the tragedy place. There he collected a bottle of mud, wet with blood of Indians and worship it every day. In the college, he was a great actor and played several roles in plays like ‘Rana Pratap’ and ‘Bharat-Durdasha’.
2. Bhagat Singh in his childhood always spoke about guns. He wanted to grow guns in the fields using which he can fight with the British. When he was 8 years old, instead of talking about toys or games he always speaks about driving out British from India.
3. When Bhagat Singh’s parents wanted him to marry, he ran away to Kanpur. He told his parents that “if I will marry in colonial India, where British Raj is there, then my bride will be my death. Therefore, there is no rest or worldly desire that can lure me now’. Then, after this he joined “Hindustan Socialist Republican Association”.
4. He was attracted towards socialism and socialist revolutions led by Lenin at an early age and started reading about them. Bhagat Singh said ‘They may kill me, but not my ideas. They can crush my body, but will not be able to crush my spirit’.
5. Bhagat Singh had told the British that “instead of hanging they should shoot him” but the British did not consider it. He mentioned this in his last letter. Bhagat Singh wrote in this letter, “Since I was arrested during the war. Therefore, I cannot be punished for hanging. Let me be thrown into the mouth of a cannon. “This shows his braveness and the feeling for the nation.
6. Along with the associates, Bhagat Singh threw bombs in the Central Assembly, Delhi. They don’t want to injure anyone. The bombs were made of low grade explosives.
7. Bhagat Singh had fasted for 116 days in jail. It is surprising that during this time he used to do all his work regularly, such as singing, reading writing books, visiting court every day, etc.
8. Bhagat Singh coined a powerful slogan ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ which became the slogan of India’s armed struggle.
9. He was hanged an hour ahead of the official time on March 23, 1931. It is said that Bhagat Singh was smiling when he was hanged. In fact, this was done with fearlessness to “lowered British imperialism”. It is said that no magistrate was ready to monitor Bhagat Singh’s execution. After the deadline of the original death warrant expired, an honorary judge signed the execution order and inspected it.
10. When his mother had come to visit him in jail, Bhagat Singh was laughing loudly. Seeing this, the jail officials were shocked to see how this person is who is laughing openly despite being so close to death.
His legacy will continue to live in the hearts of many. These unknown facts will surely pave a deep respect and also gives an idea about his life and its revolution.