#DailyBookQuote : 24th March 2014
– Bhagat Singh (28 Sep 1907 – 23 Mar 1931)
– The Selected work of Bhagat Singh
Bhagat Singh, the Indian freedom fighter, a revolutionary who was executed by the British colonizers in 1931 at the age of 23. This uncompromising fighter for an end of exploitation of man by man and nations by nations remains a revered hero of oppressed people in India and around the world even today.
Bhagat Singh is considered to be one of the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement. He is often referred to as Shaheed Bhagat Singh, the word “Shaheed” meaning “martyr” in a number of Indian languages. Born into a Sikh family which had earlier been involved in revolutionary activities against the British Raj, as a teenager Singh studied European revolutionary movements and was attracted Marxist ideologies. He became involved in numerous evolutionary organisations during India struggle towards freedom from British Colonial Rule. Together with Batukeshwar Dutt, he undertook a successful effort to throw two bombs and leaflets inside the Central Legislative Assembly while shouting the slogan of revolution. The two men were arrested, as they had planned to be. Held on this charge, he gained widespread national support when he underwent a 116-day fast in jail, demanding equal rights for British and Indian political prisoners. During this time, sufficient evidence was brought against him for a conviction in another murder case of British Officer Saunders (who was responsible for the death of another senior Indian freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai), after trial by a Special Tribunal and appeal at the Privy Council in England. He was convicted and subsequently hanged at the age of 23. His legacy prompted youth in India to begin fighting for Indian independence and he continues to be a youth idol in modern India. After India got independence from British rule in 1947, he was commemorated with a large bronze statue in the Parliament of India, as well as a range of other memorials across the country.