There is no doubt that Bhagat Singh is one of the most celebrated martyrs of the Indian freedom struggle. He has left behind a legacy that everyone wants to appropriate, yet most do not wish to look beyond the romantic image of a gun-toting young nationalist. Perhaps the reason is that this is the image that was created in the official colonial records partially, an image we inherited and conveniently accepted as truth.
As 28th September marks the birth anniversary of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, the critical sociopolitical aspects of the revolutionary thinker who envisioned the nation’s liberation based on universal brotherhood and equality deserve a deep recall. The young revolutionary had an attractive blend of intellectuality and activism.
His upbringing in a family of freedom fighters instilled a feeling of self-sacrifice during in childhood days itself. Attaining education from the National College of Lahore made his ground to enter the battlefield of ideas. Very early in life, he proved pen to be mightier than the sword as he constantly wrote for newspapers like Pratap, Kirti, etc against the British raj and on burning issues of society.
On his 112th birth anniversary, here are 5 powerful quotes from the revolutionary freedom fighter:
- Life is lived in your own spirit, you need others’ help in funerals only. – Bhagat Singh
- If the deaf has to hear, the sound has to be very loud. – Bhagat Singh
- Every tiny molecule of Ash is in motion with my heat I am such a Lunatic that I am free even in jail. – Bhagat Singh
- Merciless criticism and independent thinking are two traits of revolutionary thinking. Lovers, lunatics, and poets are made of the same stuff. – Bhagat Singh
- People get accustomed to the established order of things and tremble at the idea of change. It is this lethargic spirit that needs to be replaced by the revolutionary spirit. – Bhagat Singh