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Bhagat Singh & Valentine's Day: What's the controversy?


Freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru were three great sons of India, who breathed their last as 'martyrs'.

[Also read: On Bhagat Singh's death anniversary his gun to be displayed in BSF museum]

All three of them were influential revolutionaries, who sacrificed their young lives to make their motherland, free from the shackles of the British rule.

Bhagat Singh

Bhagat Singh, a Sandhu Jat, became so popular that he had become the symbol of the new awakening among the youths.

According to facts, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were sentenced to death in 'Lahore conspiracy case' and were ordered to be hanged on 24 March, 1931.

But, the schedule was moved forward by 11 hours and they were actually executed on 23 March, 1931 at 7:30 pm.

However, there has been a controversial 'malicious campaign' doing the rounds on social media, about the date of deaths of the three martyrs.

Some claim that Bhagat Singh and his comrades were hanged on February 14, 1931, a day that is celebrated as Valentine's Day.

[Shaheed Bhagat Singh's 107th birth anniversary: Have Indians forgotten his martyrdom?]

When rumours are spread on such sensitive issues, then, it shows that we are not giving sufficient acknowledgement for the sacrifices made by our great freedom fighters.

Spreading misinformation about the date of their deaths is not only a mockery on their struggle, but also a conspiracy to spread feelings of hatred, on a day that is meant to spread love.

On Facebook, many people mentioned that, "Most of us know February 14, as Valentine Day, but in the morning of of that day in Lahore, the legendaries were hanged to their deaths. We only celebrate Valentine's Day. Let us pass this message to every 1 we know,to salute and pay respect to their sacrifice also.. Let Us Be An Indian First..!!"

So, it's an appeal to all rumourmongers, please do not spread venomous propoganda by twisting the facts about the freedom fighters' martyrdom.

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