Today is Legend Shaheed Bhagat Singh's 108th birth anniversary, who sacrificed his young life for the love for his motherland.
The popular freedom fighter and a great revolutionary is an inspiration for the youth of India. Born in a Punjabi Sikh family of freedom fighters in 1907, Singh was known for his aggressiveness to oust Britishers from our country.
When he was only 8-year-old, he wanted to make India free from the British regime. Singh had an impressive academic record and he was also active in extra-co-curricular activities.
When Jallianwalan Bagh massacre happened, Singh was only 12-year-old. The young boy reached the massacre spot and kept some blood-stained soil in a bottle. He used to worship that bottle that contained the blood of innocent lives.
At the age of 15, he left his home for Kanpur to escape from marriage!
To seek revenge for the freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai, Singh assassinated British police officer, John P Saunders on Dec 17, 1928. To avoid being arrested for the killing, Singh, being a Sikh, got his hair and beard shaved and managed to escape Calcutta from Lahore.
In a bid to topple the British rule in India, Singh joined the Young Revolutionary Movement. Singh did not even enter matrimony due to his undying dedication and indomitable spirit to serve his country. Such was his patriotism and love towards his nation!
To spread his movement to gain freedom, Singh contributed various articles in newspapers. Singh was opposed to the Gandhian ideology and was highly inspired by the teachings of atheist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.
Singh is learnt to have observed hunger strike for 116 days when he was in jail to demand better treatment for prisoners. He also coined the famous slogan, "Inquilab Zindabad".
Fearless and brave 23-year-old Singh, along-with his two associates- Rajguru and Sukhdev, was hanged to death on March 23, 1931 at around 7.30 pm in Lahore Central jail.
The three great sons of the Indian soil laid their lives to achieve independence for India, that was in the shackles of British rule. Secretly, their last rites were performed at Hussainiwala on banks of Satluj river.
It is said that Singh asked Britishers not to hang him, instead, he told them to shot him dead. The brave Singh went to the gallows with a smiling face.
Iconic Bhagat Singh's tale of struggle has been kept alive by many films in the Indian cinema like Shaheed-e-Azad Bhagat Singh (1954), followed by Shaheed Bhagat Singh (1963), Shaheed (1965), Shaheed-E-Azam, 23 March 1931: Shaheed and The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002), Rang De Basanti (2006)
Even after over 84 years of his martyrdom, Bhagat Singh continues to be an inspiration for the modern India. Many museums, memorials, institutes and colleges have been formed to keep him immortal. Jai Hind!