Laal Salam to Com. Shaheed Bhagat Singh on his 103 Birthday


Bhagat Singh (September 27, 1907 – March 23, 1931)

“He was a clean fighter who faced his enemy in the open field….He was like a spark which became a flame in a short time and spread from one end of the country to the other dispelling the prevailing darkness everywhere”.

To make the Deaf Hear: Ideology and Programme of Bhagat Singh and his comrades- S .Irfan Habib

While the political parties wait to cash on to  the Ayodhya verdict and the govt. tries to clear the mess created  by CWG,  I decided to pay a tribute to Legendary Bhagat Singh on his 103 birth anniversary. The nation is in grip of one controversy after another and seething with anger over the incompetence of our leadership. In such times my thoughts go to a visionary, a great thinker and revolutionary whose words still

I am a great admirer of Shahid Bhagat Singh  and his philosophy. A political thinker who fought not just for freedom from foreign rule but also to bring radical changes in the society in favor of common man . He was just 23 years old when the British Goverment Hanged him along with his two other conmrades TRajguru and Sukhdev.

Bhagat singh was 16 when he joined the Naujawan Hind Sabha (Hindustan Republican Association) , a mass organisation of the youth that worked against the exploits of British colonialism.Later in 1928 he changed the name to The Hindustan Socialist Republican Association. His revolutionary viewpoint was very evident from all his writings.  He believed in“no exploitation of man by man and nation by nation” and wanted qualitative changes in the society. He thought that the Gandhian philosophy would only result in the replacement of one set of exploiters by another and somehow I feel that it is proving true in the society we are living in.

He said ,“There is no use of that independence wherein the power will switch over from whites to our own people. The real freedom is that which has justice and governance in the hands of a common man.”

He was a veracious reader and inculcated this habit of reading and thinking among his associates.

Bhagat Singh was intellectually engaged to Marxism and we all know how he had asked the warden who had come to take him to the gallows to wait until he finished what he was reading.

In his short life span he transcendented from a romantic idealist  to a true revolutionary. A revolutionary who continues to inspire even now.

Why I am an Atheist is one of the pamphlets He wrote during his stay in jail before execution. Among his many writings this one remains my favorite and a must read for all those who admire him.

The British authorities treated him in the most cruel manner but still they couldn’t  crush his spirit.He knew that the struggle for liberation couldn’t be completed without an armed revolution against the imperialist power and by the age of 22 the British were terrorized of him.  Punjab was a politically charged state in those days and this provided much inspiration for him.

Bhagat Singh in Jail – Age 22

He was the iconic figure of the the revolutionary nationalist phase of the freedom struggle.

Indian freedom struggle was universally acknowledged as a non-violent movement and because of that these heroes of the revolutionary nationalism and their great contribution against the British Raj remained unsung but it left a great impact on the youth and for us they are the real freedom fighters. I feel it is sad that Bhagat Singh’s birth aniversory is not given national importance or accorded official patronage reserved for national heroes.

The elite who rule the nation today maybe feel uncomfortable about his questioning philosophy about the imperialism and economic exploitation.His choice of violence as a method of resistance or his idealistic heroism for which he is rightly wasn’t  as significant as his contribution in  trying to formulate a revolutionary philosophy and a course of action, taking into account the travails of colonial subjection, on the one hand and the character of internal exploitation, on the other. The youth was disillusioned by the non violent methods of the Indian National Congress and they groped for an alternative path – the revolutionary path.

Here are some  articles I found online and they really impressed me .

Bhagat Singh Internet Archive ( Awesome collection of his works)

A tribute to Bhagat Singh on the occasion of his birth century

Bhagat Singh and the Revolutionary Movement

I think that Bhagat Singh’s vision of a secular India is more relevant in today’s times than it was maybe during his days.

I wonder how many of us remember  his birthday and death anniversaries and ponder over  the path he showed.

The Hindutva brand of communalism which is plaguing the country today makes us think of what he said in his writings on communal violence.

Calling upon the Indian people to remain steadfast and dauntless in the face of the communal menace, he wrote:

“The Indian people should not lose heart in face of communal riots; instead they should harness all their resources and potentials and exert by all possible means to create a new ethos and climate where recurrence of communal riots becomes impossible.”

[This excerpt is from Bhagat Singh’s article Sampardayik Dange aur Unka Elaj]

Bhagat Singh’s worst fears have now come true, and the future of India appears as bleak at the hands of its  political leadership . I hope the youth gets inspired from the philosophy of Shahid Bhagat Singh and wakes up to raise their voices against the evils that rock our nation.

The relevance of Comrade Bhagat Singh’s dreams cannot be ignored  in modern day India . Let us  not just pay a lip service to him and make make his philosophy of life our own.


On October 7, 1930 Bhagat Singh, Sukh Dev and Raj Guru were awarded death sentence by a special tribunal. Bhagat Singh was hanged in the early hours on 23rd March, 1931 with fellow revolutionaries Sukhdev and Rajguru.


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19 thoughts on “Laal Salam to Com. Shaheed Bhagat Singh on his 103 Birthday

  1. 1st ! Me likey the post…and the mention of his b’day in blog world which is rare to find !

    Thanks Sribbler 🙂 hope you clicked the links to read the other articles and his works . Worth reading

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  2. This is a wonderful tribute…why its missing the importance in the National News ? Glad u ppl are writing abt him !!!! 🙂

    The national News misses everything that’s of utmost importance . It is yet another sensational serial for me. Our leaders and most of the media never remembers the unsung heroes. chamchas of nehru gandhi all of them,.

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  3. If i hv hd one hero in my life whose posters adorned my wall and I hv worshipped him, its been Bhagat Singh!
    When ppl say someone is just 25, nt quite mature to handle things or be responsible, my thoughts always go towards this hero who was just 23 when he left this abode!

    Wonderful post Tiku. The least we can do is pay a tribute to this great soul!

    Thanks Swaram . I am glad you liked the post. Same pinch you know. I always tell children to take inspiration from him and many others like him. Age is no bar to be sensible and brave enough to stand for the things one is passionate about

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  4. Wow! You sure have done a lot of research to write this!

    I did Tbg not just for the post ,I have been reading about him and some of his works lately. Always been his admirer

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  5. I wish only 1% of what was spent on Rajiv Gandhi birth anny, was spent on Bhagat Singh birth anny

    I agree 100%. I hate this Nehru- Gandhi monopoly and the way our nation is following them blindly.

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  6. That was a truly inspiring post and a timely one too. We can’t expect our hysterical media to remember our heroes who advocated communal harmony! At least the blogosphere has bloggers like you to pay tribute to him!

    He is my hero Zephyr and I have always taught kids to learn from his life and that of many others. Media and our political leaders have just a taste for sensationalism and that’s what they promote or the other things they do is chamchagiri

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  7. Indeed a ver ygood tribute , I am glad there are a few bloggers who have written about him on his birthday when the whole nation has forgotten…

    THe nations that spent crores on a birthday for Rajiv gandhi.. the nation which has wasted so much on the cwg ..

    All this was attained by the work done by thee martyrs and yet we FAIL Them so much… HE indeed is our hero .. who can say he is not there hero.. not even the GANDHIANS can say that …

    Very good loved reading it … we need to keep this light burning amogst all of us indians so we dont forget these true heroes ..

    Third blog i found who had written BRAVO.. and well done …

    Dil se niklegi, na mar kar bhi, watan ki ulfat, meri mitti se bhi khushboo-e-watan aayegi

    Bhagat Singh

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  8. True hero and patriot. I wish i could work with him…
    A beautiful post. His pamphlet on ‘why i am an atheist’ shows the mature head he carried at such a tender age. Everyday i see 22-23 year olds smoking there life away aimlessly. Weren’t we supposed to be the saviors of this nation??
    Younger generation of Bharat needs to understand, nobody is stopping them from having fun, but forgetting the nation and the millions of poor people in need of help will be disastrous. People count on them to do something…

    On another note, we need to include people like Bhagat Singh, Bose, Ashfaq, Bismil into our course books so that children know how many people died trying to secure their futures. If you open a history book, you will find not a single word upon them!! History is far more than a mere record of facts… History is inspiration… And what better source of Inspiration can one find than these revolutionaries..!

    Please accept my apologies for rambling on incoherently from one topic to other but this subject is something which makes me passionate beyond sanity…!

    JAI HIND

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  10. i blogged about him too, yesterday.
    it is sad that we have reduced someone like him to birth anniversary and death anniversary.
    he had such a vision of an egalitarian world – it is sad that he died before that came to be….

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  11. i have always liked him.. not that i dont like others including gandhi.. the thing is i am a believer n take the good from everyone n dont follow anyone blindly (discussions with u on osho helped me with this.. thanks)..
    bhagat singh was a great man with a huge following n the sad thing is that ppl hardly remember him (n his aides), superficially maybe be they do but that hardly makes any difference, today’s youth is getting detached with history n the concepts of a well-informed-closely-knit society.. very nicely written tiks.. thanks for reminding me yet again that a lot needs to be done.. i will not complain.. i will do something n i see a lot many like-minded ppl for company.. god bless us all..

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  12. These peoples are real hero of india who never thought about their life but unfortunately we forgett them & their sacrifice for the freedom of our country(INDIA).
    HAMARE DESH KE SARE SAHEEDO KO MERA SALAM.

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  13. one day of my life i want 2 stand at the place he stood that means his birth place but i dnt have that much mney 2 travel. bhagath is my god my religion my faith …… ……. kishan sir prod of ur son prod of my country …… india …..sory… bagathindia

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