On the occasion of the 108th birth anniversary of the legendary revolutionary Shaheed Bhagat Singh, who was sentenced to death in the Lahore conspiracy case on 23rd March, 1931, renowned economist and professor, Sucha Singh Gill enlightened the students by delivering a lecture on the life and philosophy of the radical.
Bhagat Singh, who was born in a Punjabi Sikh family on 28th September, 1907 had a spirit of patriotism instilled in him and was attracted to anarchist and Marxist ideologies. His writings prompted the youth in India to persist fighting for independence as he strongly believed that young people are free from responsibilities and are uncorrupt and honest.Investing in youth is equivalent to investing in future.
Gill, provided the students with an insight of the Trade Union Bill,1926 , Simon Comission, Gadar movement and Jallianwala Bagh Massacre,1919. He emphasized the need of mobilization of peasants, as 2.75 lakh farmers have attempted suicide since 1997. Bhagat Singh was an atheist by nature and believed that religion is a resort of the weak who cannot stand on their feet. He emphasized that we must believe on rationality and reasoning and not on superstitions. He worked with several revolutionary organizations and became prominent in the Hindu Republican Association(HRA), in 1928. Seeking revenge for the death of Lala Lajpat Rai, Singh murdered John Saunders , a British police officer. He was convicted and subsequently hanged for his participation in the murder, aged 23.
At the end professor Gill raised very fascinating questions like Why the youth of our country has to go abroad? Why peasants, who grow food have to die of starvation? Why artisans built palaces and were not allowed to live there?Bhagat Singh, accentuated that darkness which will be alleviated through enlightenment of the youth, by making the target groups organized and conscious of their rights.
Bhagat Singh correctly said, “Bombs and pistols do not make a revolution. The sword of revolution is sharpened on the whetting-stone of ideas.”
Today, we salute Shaheed Bhagat Singh, for dedicating his entire life for the betterment of our India. The country needs more youth like him.
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