Why Politics In The Name Of Shaheed Bhagat Singh?
India celebrated the 113th birth anniversary of freedom fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh on September 28, 2020, amid political unrest in the country.
When one talks about Shaheed Bhagat Singh as a thinking individual and not just as a raw nationalist, it does not mean that he was a scholar in his teens. It only emphasises his exposure to world literature through intense reading in his short life. It is also an attempt to wean him away from the image of a trigger-happy young man. This image was deliberately publicised by the colonial government, which many of us internalised and continue to romanticise every day. We know he had a very short life, most of which was spent under the surveillance of the colonial government.
However, Ajoy Ghosh, one of his associates, wrote about his first impression of him in 1923, when he found Bhagat Singh shabbily clad and a simple village lad lacking smartness and self-confidence. Within five years in 1928, he transformed and when asked about the change, he responded with one word: ‘Study.’ In his own words: “Study was the cry that reverberated in the corridors of my mind. Study to enable yourself to face the arguments advanced by opposition. Study to arm yourself with arguments in favour of your cult.”
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