Friday, March 23, 2007

Bhagat Singh

"It is easy to kill individuals but you cannot kill the ideas. Great empires crumbled while the ideas survived."

This year marks the birth centenary of Shaheed (martyr) Bhagat Singh (28 Sept 1907 - 23 March 1931). 76 years ago today, Bhagat Singh was hanged in Lahore, with his fellow comrades Rajguru and Sukhdev.

As an Indian and Southasian, the memory of Bhagat Singh is sacred to me. His revolutionary ideals, his bravery, his towering example and efforts for inter-community unity and harmony - are as relevant today as they were during the British Raj.

If Mahatma Gandhi is the Father of the Nation, then Bhagat Singh is the Son of the Nation, the pride of every mother. May such brave sons be born again and again in this land.

Read Vidya Bhushan Rawat's tribute to Bhagat Singh here.

In the evening I attended the release of a commemorative volume on revolutionary martyrs Bhagat Singh, Jatin Das and Chandrasekhar Azad, edited by my dear friend and comrade Sandip Bandopadhyay, educator and writer.

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