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Shaheed Diwas: Remembering Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, The Revolution Icon of India

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Shaheed Diwas: Remembering Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, The Revolution Icon of India

Today on 23rd March, we remember martyrs and specially Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev for their sacrifices to free India from claws of the British.

On this day great revolutionaries and freedom fighters, Bhagat Singh, Rajburu and Sukhdev were hanged to death by the British. The country celebrates March 23rd as Shaheed Diwas by paying rich tributes to the freedom fighters who laid their lives to free the country.

Shaheed Bhagat Singh, who has gained the status of revolution icon of India youth, had attained martyrdom at young age of 23 when he was hanged to death on March 23, 1931.

He had leftist leaning and was inspired by Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky and Lenin’s ideas of socialism and became an atheist. The slogan ‘Inquilab Zindabad’, which is still used to fill enthusiasm and energy among youth even today, was coined by him.

He had once said, “Revolution is an inalienable right of mankind. Freedom is an imperishable birth right of all. Labour is the real sustainer of society.” He used the term ‘political prisoner’ for himself and when held in jail on a charge of murder, he undertook 116-day hunger strike demanding equal rights for European prisoners, and those Indians imprisoned for what he believed were political reasons.

Even Ganghiji praised Bhagat Singh’s supreme sacrifice saying, “Bhagat Singh was not a devotee of non-violence, but he did not subscribe to the religion of violence.” Speaking of the three revolutionary who were hanged he held that ‘these heroes had conquered the fear of death’ and ‘let us bow to them a thousand times for their heroism’.

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