India is a country of history. The modern independent India we breathe in, has not reached here very pleasantly. We lost some of our greatest warriors in years long of struggle. The first civilization in the world, The Indus valley civilization took centuries and millions of deaths to evolve from Indus to India. The country has always been fighting for its independence, from Mughals, from Britishers and many more. The freedom struggle of 1947 from the British Raj remains the stand-out war of India’s independence. 200 years, millions of deaths, politics, divisions, mere talking about the struggle to your grandparents, who have seen the struggle from their naked eye, would break their hearts. The struggle was led by prominent figures and every drop of blood shed for the country was important, but a 23-year old freedom fighter always stands out. Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s name is engraved on the history books in golden words. While the nation mourns the 90th death anniversary of Shaheed-E-Aazam Bhagta Singh, here are 5 lesser known facts about the brave warrior:
- The history of Bhagat Singh dates back to 1919, when hundreds of innocent citizens of the country were massacred by Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer in the infamous Jallianwala Bagh incident. Bhagat Singh was just 11 years old when the nation saw this example of utmost cruelty. Moved by the incident, Bhagat Singh bunked his school and went to the spot. There he made a bottle of mud, wet with the hands of the blood of the Indians who lost their lives in the incident and used to worship it every day.
- At the age of 8, a normal child would demand glittering soft toys to play with, but the legend was born different. He was born a freedom fighter. He used to plant seeds in his fields and wished them to grow into guns. He wanted to use those guns against the Britishers to drive them out of his mother country.
- Bhagat Singh was very attracted to the ideologies of Socialism and Marxism. Even in his last hours, he was reading the biography of the Bolshevik, Vladimir Lenin. Lenin was the leader of the socialist movement in Russia. Bhagat Singh was impressed with his theories and the way he led the struggle in the former USSR.
- Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt fasted for 116 straight. It is unbelievable that they still kept on performing their duties and tasks despite not eating or drinking anything. It is also considered to be one of the longest hunger strikes ever. Maybe, the brave sins did not need food to drive them, patriotism in their veins was already enough fuel to live.
- The freedom struggle of India has also been governed by thousands of slogans. The most famous and effective of them all was the “Inquilab Zindabad” (Long live the revolution). This slogan was coined by Bhagat Singh. Till date, every Indian gets goosebumps when they hear the “Inquilab Zindabad” slogan.
Shaheed Bhagat Singh left the world on 23 March 1931. But his bravery, fight for the independence of billions of people always keep him alive in the hearts of Indians. Every year, the whole country mourns the sacrifice of the brave son of the country and pays tribute to him. The tributes are of no importance if we cannot follow his guidance and make India the country that our freedom fighters imagined. Every citizen of the country is bound to make India the way people who sacrificed their lives for it, wanted.
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