New Delhi: Bhagat Singh was born on September 28, 1907, in Banga village of Jaranwala Tehsil in the Lyallpur district of Punjab province of undivided India. His birthplace today falls in Pakistan.
Bhagat Singh was a revolutionary freedom fighter and one of the major inspirational figures of the Indian Independence movement. Though briefly affiliated to MK Gandhi's movement of non-violent struggle, Singh later became disillusioned with Gandhi's philosophy. Brutality of the British Raj convinced him that non-violence was not the right answer. When Gandhi called off his Non-cooperation Movement following the Chauri Chaura incident where a mob turned violent and burnt policemen alive, it made a significant impact on Bhagat Singh's mind.
One of the most interesting instances of usurption of an icon in the cultural-political space of India has been that of Bhagat Singh. He became the preserve of cultural nationalists and right-wing groups who called him the ideal Indian. In his own life though, Singh embraced atheism and was deeply influenced by Karl Marx and Lenin. Key components of Marxism-Leninism were incorporated in his idea of revolutionary struggle. Under his leadership, the Kirti Kissan Party was renamed the Hindustan Socialist Republican Organisation. Singh and his organisation was criticised by Gandhi himself who thought that the use of violence would set the freedom movement back.
Socialism and secularism were perhaps Singh's most important contributions to the Indian freedom struggle. It was particularly contextual as Singh understood that British imperialism thrived on divide and rule, by
01:39 PM, Sep 28, 2012
Kanpur: Captain Lakshmi Sehgal, who was part of Subhash Chandra Bose's Indian National Army, was admitted to a hospital in Kanpur on Thursday following a cardiac arrest, family sources said. Sehgal(97), who was ill for some time, suffered a heart attack on Thursday morning at her residence in Civil Lines area in Kanpur, Sehgal's daughter Subhashini Ali said. A team of doctors has been appointed to monitor her health condition,...
02:18 PM, Jul 19, 2012
New Delhi: Indian freedom fighter Bhagat Singh was hanged to death on March 23, 1931. Considered as one of the most important revolutionaries of freedom movement, March 23 is marked as his martyrdom day. Here are 10 lesser known facts about the man who inspired hundreds and thousands of youths to join India's freedom struggle. 1. Singh was a great actor in college and took part in several plays. His...
11:48 AM, Mar 23, 2011