Somnath moved at function to honour Bhagat Singh

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New Delhi, Sep 28 (UNI) Remembering how he felt once when he had a chance to lay a wreath on Shaheed Bhagat Singh's statue two years back, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee today said he was touched by the thought how people like him fought to secure freedom for the nation.

''When I laid a wreath on Bhagat Singh's statue two years back, I thought I was there (as a speaker of Lok Sabha) because of people like him,'' he said.

Releasing a book -- Without Fear- the life and trial of Bhagat Singh-- here Mr Chatterjee said, ''Bhagat Singh had visualised a united India free from communalism and casteism, superstitions, reactionary values and moribund traditions. He always separated religion from politics and the state.'' Written by Kuldip Nayar the book provides thorough knowledge of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, the man, the leader, the revolutionary and the uncompromising patriot, he said.

''Bhagat Singh's concern was not limited to winning freedom. He had a vision for post-independent India - a people-centric vision of a secular society and of a progressive country. His intellectual accomplishments were not known to many when he was executed by the colonial rulers in 1931", Mr Chatterjee said.

''We cannot recall any other name in the world history who, at the young age of 24, exerted so much of an impact on the world around him and earned such love and admiration from his countrymen as has Shaheed Bhagat Singh. He became a national icon at a young age, not just because he became a martyr in the cause of the country's freedom, but it had as such to do with his sense of history, with his broad national vision, his socialistic views with his concern for the underdogs in our society as also for the momentum that his martyrdom provided to our Freedom Movement at a crucial stage in its history. A secular-socialist vision for the country was central to Bhagat Singh's thinking", he observed.

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