The revolutionary Bhagat

Published Mar 25, 2013 08:10pm

For whom the bell tolls

The 16th day of April 1853 is special in the Indian history. The day was a public holiday. At 3:30 pm, as the 21 guns roared together, the first train carrying Lady Falkland, wife of Governor of Bombay, along with 400 special invitees, steamed off from Bombay to Thane.

Ever since the engine rolled off the tracks, there have been new dimensions to the distances, relations and emotions. Abaseen Express, Khyber Mail and Calcutta Mail were not just the names of the trains but the experiences of hearts and souls. Now that we live in the days of burnt and non functional trains, I still have a few pleasant memories associated with train travels. These memoirs are the dialogues I had with myself while sitting by the windows or standing at the door as the train moved on. In the era of Cloud and Wi-fi communications, I hope you will like them.

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-Illustration by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
-Illustration by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com

The sentence was to be executed on 24th of March. But due to inevitable reasons, the sentence had to be advanced for almost 16 hours. Jail administration had worked hard to ensure that the word should not reach inside the jail so the trio kept waiting for the next day. Punjab was blooming under late spring. When the twilight began to fade and Dadi Jai Kaur covered the earthen pot, something broke down inside her. This was 7.30, in the evening and the year was 1931.

Away from the village, when the sounds of the azaan from Data Durbar, in Lahore, began to fade out, panic engulfed Lahore Jail. The duty magistrate had refused to show up and the superintendent managed an honorary magistrate, Nawab Muhammad Ahmed from Qasur (not knowing that after another 48 years, the Nawab would send another leader to the gallows i.e. Mr. Bhutto). At about time, all three walked up to gallows with pride. One of them addressed the English surgeon, “Saheb, this is how we deal with death”. The executioner elbowed him and his victorious smile was hidden by a black mask. The big hand of the clock was on the heels of the small one, when an arm waved in the air and the three bodies slung on the rope. This was 7.30, in the evening and the year was 1931.

After a dark hour, the rear wall of prison was razed. An ambulance carried the dead bodies to Ganda Singh Wala, where they were cremated and the ashes were immersed in Sutlej. The day Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev were hanged, was the first day, when somebody raised a slogan against Gandhi in India.

The train now runs wild in Doaba. It inherits the happy-go-lucky mood of a farmer. Putting aside the rains, the Shylock, the yield and the cattle, his indifference is purely rural. The train, now, whistles for Tandlian Wala but a village, away from the track, hooks it up. This is 105 Gogera Branch, Banga, the village of Bhagat Singh. It was here that this dervish revolutionary was born.

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Bhagat Singh, aged 10 years.

I asked Baba, "How do you differentiate between a dervish and a revolutionary?"

Baba replied, "The one who averts the beaten track is a revolutionary and the one who cares the least is a dervish. In hindsight, there aren't any differences".

Revolution was a common creed in this family. Arjun Singh, Bhagat Singh’s grandfather had three sons. Kishen Singh, the father, had been to prison many times and so was uncle Ajit Singh, who introduced Lala Lajpat Rai to Indian politics and was instrumental in many anti-imperialism movements. Uncle Sowran Singh, however, was special. Dadi Jai Kaur often told Bhagat that the day, Sowran Singh was tortured to death in prison was the day when he was born.

On his way to college, Bhagat had read almost every leftist book available, be it from the National College or the Dwarka Das Library. Revolution was in the air, the world had just seen a Great War and India had started her affair with nationalism.

Famous for its dusehri mangoes and embroidery work, the Kakori station gained prominence because of a train robbery. The revolutionaries had looted “8-Down” en-route Lucknow. The British wanted to set an example, while eliminating any trace of a political awakening in India. Scores of raids brought Ram Prasad Bismal, Ashfaq Ullah Khan, Thakur Roshan Singh and Rainder Nath Lahiri to court, which sentenced them to death.

Once in Lahore, he was arrested for suspected involvement in a bomb blast during the Ram Leela festival. After days of solitary confinement, he was informed about the charges against him and was released for a bail of 60,000 rupees. Kishan Singh sold a prized piece of land and brought the son home. Dadi Jai Kaur hurriedly had him engaged and the preparations for marriage kicked off. In their heart, everyone knew that he would never stay long. The insults at the hand of the police had fanned his anti-imperialism. The Hindustan Republic Association and the annexation of socialists to its title was a reflection of this thought process.

The Simon Commission toured India in 1928 and was greeted with angry Indians wherever they went. In Lahore, the peaceful protest under Lala Lajpat Rai, turned violent when Mr Scott, the superintendent police ordered baton charge. A blow to Lala Lajpat Rai proved fatal and he passed away after few days. On 17th December 1928, somebody shot Saunders, the assistant superintendent in front of the headquarters and the walls of Lahore carried posters by the Indian Republic Association Army ,who said that death of Saunders was Lala Lajpat avenged. The murder was originally planned by Chandrashekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh and Raj Guru and aimed at taking out Scott, but Saunders came out instead and was wrongly shot at.

An English murder in India could not go down easily, so the complete police machinery was set in motion. The entrances and exits of Lahore were sealed but Bhagat Singh and his fellows managed to escape (thanks to Durga Bhabhi, a female lead in the freedom movement).

On 8th of April 1929, two men, dressed in western attire, entered the chambers. When the session was in process, they slung two bombs at the empty benches. The bombs exploded but no one was hurt. After the blast, they walked down the hall, raised the slogans, "Down with Imperialism", "Long live revolution" and showered leaflets containing the same material. On the arrival of the police, they turned themselves in.

The proceedings started on 7th May and with this, Bhagat Singh took his famous approach of saying-it-all in the court. It did not take long when every word spoken in the courtroom was published across India. The establishment tried to control the damage and handed down a 14-year sentence. During the course of investigations, some evidence implied his involvement in Saunder’s murder. After substantial proof was collected, the 14-year sentence was deferred and a murder trial started afresh.

Bhagat Singh in Jail.
Bhagat Singh in Jail.

During the proceedings, he was shifted to the Mianwali Jail, where he observed the discrimination of European prisoners. He put up the demand for political prisoner status and that too equivalent of British prisoners but nobody paid heed. Finally, he resorted to hunger strike. Jail authorities tried their best to break his resolve but nothing succeeded. His popularity grew day by day and transcended beyond India. When things started spinning out of control, the case was advanced and other than Saunder’s murder, fresh charges for the attempted murder of Scott and the declaration of war against King Emperor were also included. Singh continued with the hunger strike and was moved to Borstal Jail, Lahore, where after 116 days, he ended his hunger strike on the insistence of his father and a congressional resolution.

What followed next was a textbook imperial solution. A special tribunal, carved from vice regal prerogatives, set aside the legal procedures and delivered its verdict. The 300-page long judgment sentenced Raj Guru, Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev to be hanged, till death. The sentence was to be executed on 24th of March.

The place near Ganda Singh Wala where the three were cremated has now been turned into a memorial, and hosts a Shaheedi mela every year. Across the border, their legend is kept alive through statues, roads, villages and trusts. While on this side, the place where Bhagat Singh was hanged is now the roundabout of Shadman. A few mad men decided to follow the course and demanded to rename the roundabout after Bhagat Singh. Initially, the state maintained her calm but then had to drag Islam in and eventually got rid of the issue.

The 404-paged diary of Bhagat Singh had flipped open. I wondered about the "who was who" in the Indian independence movement; were the real heroes the men who passed endless resolutions in political meetings or the men who gave up the comforts of their homes and meditated for a greater cause in the loneliness of prison dungeons? The 100-year-old fakir at the Shadman roundabout whispered, revolution is a mere transition from one status quo to another.

While France bled in revolution, it could only affect a face change. Activists like Robespierre faced the guillotine and Napoleon was crowned "the emperor" once again. The erstwhile Indians and Pakistanis won their sovereignty from British colonialism and lost it to their neo-con brethren. A system of discrimination was merely replaced by a system of nepotism. Revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh went to the gallows for the cause, while Muslim League and Congress decide the public fate in their glorious parliaments.

My spirits induce motion to the dust I am a lunatic, free in prison (An excerpt from the diary of Bhagat Singh)


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Comments (78) (Closed)


shahid
Mar 25, 2013 03:41pm
So how does one differentiate him from those fighting in Kashmir, Chechwnya, Syria, Afghanistan now and in the eighties, central asia, sir lanka, etc., etc., How does one define who is a freedom fighter and a revolutionary and who is a terrorist? This is not any easy riddle to solve.
kirpal
Mar 25, 2013 04:02pm
Miraj sahib you are a great Punjabi and an excellent human being who write about Hindus and Sikhs with such a compassion and regards, hats off to you.I wish there are more such writers in India who write with similar personal touch empathy about the good deeds of Indian Muslims so that our people can develop love and compassion for each other rather than hate which is so prevalent these days.
Iyaz khan
Mar 25, 2013 04:09pm
So proud being an Indian...every 1 in 3 Indians have Bhagat Singh as their hero.
deeredpost
Mar 25, 2013 04:12pm
Well done Muhammad Hassan Miraj..!
bluefunk
Mar 25, 2013 04:21pm
... chale chalo, ki wo manzil abhi nahin aayi.
Farrukh
Mar 25, 2013 04:39pm
I eagerly await your new column every week....You are bringing out part of the history long forgotten by us all and the likes of the Bhagat Singh have long been purged from our history books and sanitized. What a shame.
Qureshi
Mar 25, 2013 04:39pm
No Muslims ever fought for independence. No Muslims are loyal to the country they live in. In UK all Muslims praise support Arabs, Palestinians but are not loyal to the country that gave them everything muslims are just selfish, ignorant, untrustworthy
V Singh
Mar 25, 2013 04:45pm
Wonderful article. Miraj saheb, tusi great ho! God bless you.
Adit
Mar 25, 2013 05:04pm
Indeed a very well written article and extremely insightful. Must acknowledge Miraj Sahab for his commendable efforts
Bikram Singh
Mar 25, 2013 06:13pm
shaheedon ki cheeta par lagenge har baras mele desh par mar mitne balon ka bas yehi nishan reh njaye ga. salute to amar shaheed bhagat singh ji.
Someone
Mar 25, 2013 06:14pm
True tribute... Unfortunate, the legend did not get the due respect in history.
MAB
Mar 25, 2013 06:15pm
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your beautiful articles which always make me nostalgic.
Salman cheema
Mar 25, 2013 06:15pm
Truely a son of Punjab, Bhagat Singh Sandhu could have changed the history of undivided India. Gandhi, Nehru and jinnah were afraid of him as he was becoming more popular then them. Gandhi could have stop his execution but he didn't. Truely a marvelous and brave community that produced Saheeds and rulers like Maharaja Ranjit Singh Sandhu, Kartar Singh Sarabha, Saheed Udham Singh (Ram Mohammad Singh Azad) etc. As a Punjabi Muslim I salute the brave sons of Punjab who stood up and fought for freedom regardless of religion.
Peace
Mar 25, 2013 06:22pm
Inklaab Zindabaad...
Singh
Mar 25, 2013 06:51pm
Hassan saab, god bless you for this article. Bhagat singh fought for every one living in india during his time.....wether it was you or me....
sudhir kumar
Mar 25, 2013 06:52pm
sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamare dil me hai.... dekhna hai zor kitna baaju-e-qaatil me hai...
kamaljit Singh
Mar 25, 2013 06:54pm
Miraj Saheb : Jeetey Raho, Khush raho, abaad raho.You are another Bhagat with a pen.We know how hard it is to write such things in Pak.
pathanoo
Mar 25, 2013 07:36pm
Thank You, dear Muhammad Hassan Miraj for reacquainting me with my history. It makes me proud to be born in the country of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Raj Guru, Maulan Abul Kalam Azad and other great freedom fighters who lived and sacrificed their all for a cause greater than themselves. THANK YOU, AGAIN.
Jai
Mar 25, 2013 09:05pm
I would say atleast 2 in 3.
AHA
Mar 25, 2013 09:22pm
And how does one define an apologist.
Ali
Mar 25, 2013 09:34pm
It's not hard, we in Pak love and reminisce on Sir Bhagat singh the great.
Pradeep
Mar 25, 2013 10:30pm
Janab Shahid Sahib, There is a big difference between a terrorist and a revolutionary. Revolution is based on thought, wisdom and consideration whereas Terrorism is based in hate. Bhagat Singh Ji himself said in many of his writings "Kranti ki talwar vicharon ki saan par tez hoti hai", meaning the sword of revolution is sharpened on the anvil of thought. In other words, it means that you can not have revolution without a philosophy. I know many will argue that terrorists also have a philosophy, but to those who do, I respectfully decline to debate with them. There is a book published in India "Bhagat Singh aur unke saathiyon ke dastavez". But this is in Hindi. I am not sure if it was published in English or Urdu. It was published by Rajkamal publishers, 1 B - Netaji Subhash Marg, New Delhi 110 002 and was edited by Dr. Jagmohan Singh (Nephew of Bhagat Singh Ji) and Dr. Chaman Lal. May be worth writing to the publishers to see if something is available in Pakistan. I implore, rather beg everyone to read this book. Pradeep
dynsus
Mar 25, 2013 10:39pm
In 2008 i happened pay a visit to "Guru Nanak Sahib" a man of love, peace and harmony. I like SING brothers and wish that we all regardless of any religions, caste or colour be alike!
Bikkar S BRAR
Mar 25, 2013 10:54pm
Dear Miraj Sahib, Once again I thank you for this well timed article. God bless you for sparing your time to educate us about our past and make us good human being. Kind regards BSB
Gulbaz Mushtaq
Mar 25, 2013 11:39pm
Bhagat Singh, Udham Singh and Dullah Bhatti are but some great sons of soil and proud for Punjabi youth. Miraj Sahib, may Allah give you health, wealth and happiness. You are also proud of Punjab.
Raj
Mar 26, 2013 01:15am
Dear Shahid Take the religion out and the riddle is solved Simple!
abhi
Mar 26, 2013 01:21am
It is touching to see mainstream pakistani newspapers carry articles about Bhagat Singh. Where as at the sametime, papers in india are full of bollywood gossip and how india whitewashed aussies 4-0. Way to go dawn.
RPK
Mar 26, 2013 01:49am
My salutation to you for writing the last two lines. A hundred people with your vision from your side and a hundred from our side with same vision, can change the course of history, both for Pakistan and India! Keep it up.
Koi-Kon
Mar 26, 2013 02:18am
Kamaljit Saheb, I am honored
Kanwarpal S. Dhugga
Mar 26, 2013 03:18am
Simply splendid! What a tribute to the brave souls on the upcoming anniversary. May you be blessed with even more eloquence. Long live, Mr. Miraj.
shaha
Mar 26, 2013 04:03am
Koi shabd mere paas nahin aapka shukriya ada karne ke liye.... God Bless you Sir.....
SBB
Mar 26, 2013 04:18am
You are correct - Miraj Saheb could very well be another Bhagat with a pen. Thank you for remembering and reminding us of the great Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
Ashu
Mar 26, 2013 04:41am
till the last human soul is provided with self respect.
vijayIndia
Mar 26, 2013 05:06am
every time I read your article my eyes become wet.
rashid siddiqui
Mar 26, 2013 05:19am
What is this new sickening, fashionable furore about Bhagat Singh, Bhagat Singh! So what if he murdered a British police officer eighty years ago? Ever thought of commemorating our soldiers being martyred daily by Pakistan's mortal enemy, the Taliban? They are our true heroes. Charity begins at home.
Binod
Mar 26, 2013 05:45am
Freedom fighters do not kill common people, based on cast, creed or religion. They do not do bomb blast in public places, where common people may be killed. They may fight with Police, army and authorities by violent or non violent means.
Sri
Mar 26, 2013 05:46am
Mr.Muhammad Hassan Miraj you have told us the story in an excellent manner. Although the story is heard in different verbiage umpteen times but the language here is different. You have shown an entire movie in your version in just a small article. If I had he chance to make it into one I would definitely enlarge it into a great movie without and flimsiness. Thank you Sir.
B. Ally
Mar 26, 2013 05:48am
Baghat Singh is a hero, son of the soil,no one one can take that from him what ever remains the name of the Chowk. One day as a nation we will have to acknowledge this great man that he fought and gave his life for our freedom and our common motherland.
bebark
Mar 26, 2013 06:12am
after going through this fabulous article which reminds us of our real heroes.it proved: revolutionary ideas never die but idea holders change.
Dan
Mar 26, 2013 06:23am
Miraj, What exactly you are trying to accomplish? Anyone who kills a law enforcement officer is a terrorist whatever name you want to give him. India was a wonderful country under the rule of British. Why not calling inqalbi to terrorist who are fighting post-partition slavery. Are we better off today than we were under Britons?
BryanT
Mar 26, 2013 06:28am
He didnt go and blow himself among civilians like your "freedom fighters".
BryanT
Mar 26, 2013 06:31am
And dont you think its a little shameful comparing ISI and CIA backed thugs with this selfless young man ?
Imran
Mar 26, 2013 06:41am
Kudos ..A brilliant article. It’s amazing how the mere name of Shaheed Bhagat Singh creates a sense of pride cutting across cast creed and religions. Just hearing the name of Shaheed Bhagat Singh gives Goosebumps and an inexplicable sense of pride of being born in the same land. It’s sad that Shaheed Bhagat Singh is not being given his due in our shared history. No contemporary leader matched his popularity during those times. He was driven by just one ambition of liberating his motherland from the clutches of imperialist and considered any means legitimate to achieve his goals. Fearlessness thy name is SHAHEED BHAGAT SINGH. Salutations to the great martyr
laxk
Mar 26, 2013 01:00pm
Wrong Mr. Qureshi. You don't know history very well. Remember Ashfaqullah Khan, Tipu Sultan and Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan? Aren't they Muslims? So please stop this nonsense of religion.
Sridhar
Mar 26, 2013 01:09pm
Just like the Tibetans today cannot hope to win freedom from the Chinese oppression through violent means, India under British could not have won her freedom through violent means. Though Bhagat Singh and his colleagues were true patriots, they did not know how to go about their job. A handful of men could not have hoped to rid India of the menace. In this respect, Subhash Chandra Bose's Indian National Army came closer to the dream though it too failed.
Sridhar
Mar 26, 2013 01:13pm
It is a joke to assume that Gandhiji could have stopped Bhagat Singh's execution! As if Gandhiji was in charge and running the country! Yes, Bhagat Singh and colleagues became very famous but history is full of famous but foolish men who threw their lives away.
claude
Mar 26, 2013 01:35pm
yes. much better than ever under british who cared only for their stooges. We're learning and correcting ourselves. Law enforcement officers do not corner peaceful demonstrators in a cul de sac and massacre them. They were vengeful colonials who were horrified to see 'natives' claiming an equal treatment as 'masters'. Lala lajpat rai and Bhagat singh ... freed us from this mental slavery. Your ancestors must have been british boot lickers and dream of the days gone by.
claude
Mar 26, 2013 01:39pm
It is about your home only. It would not have been plundered by talibans if you had been taught at school the secular ideals of your ancestor.. Bhagat Singh.
pathanoo
Mar 26, 2013 01:50pm
Dear Muhammad Hassan Miraj, I have become an avid reader of your articles. I wait with anticipation every time for your articles and look for them in DAWN. Articles like these only can come from a beautiful soul, a great heart, a loving heart. You are not only a great Muslim, you are a great Christian, a great Hindu but most of all - YOU ARE A GREAT HUMAN. May Allah always Bless you and keep you. THANK YOU AND NEVER STOP WRITING.
Pramod
Mar 26, 2013 01:52pm
He along with many like him responsible for Pakistani Army or Indian army being there. You can not forget one hero if you get another.
DHK
Mar 26, 2013 01:53pm
yes, this time the mistakes are our own. That is how we grow.
P,Mishra
Mar 26, 2013 01:55pm
Exactly.
Kanwarpal S. Dhugga
Mar 26, 2013 02:24pm
Very well said.
Kumsha
Mar 26, 2013 02:53pm
Dear Miraj, Your journey takes the readers through our common history, common cultures, common places, common struggles and common emotions. Your statements about Bhagat Singh's courage and very strong commitments to his ideaology are correct. As a symbol Bhagat Singh became part of the folklores of undivided Punhjab, bringing tears to eyes and making the chest of Punjabi's wider in pride. I agree with the comment of another reader that a person who sacrifice his interests (and himself) for the struggle of his community/coutry, like Kashmir freedom struggle, also deserves and should get praise and honour. More important than sacrificing his life, Bhagat Singh legacy lies in his vision of classless society and his vision of a need for continuous struggle against exploitative and imperialistic structures. This vision is still guiding many struggles in India. I find your light comment rediculing revolutions totally misplaced!
kamaljit Singh
Mar 26, 2013 04:05pm
Shukriya Janab
Nilesh
Mar 26, 2013 04:17pm
Miraj Sahab And Dawn Newspaper Thanks for artical regarding Shaheed Bhagat Singh,he sacrifice his life at the age of 23 for Motherland.As one of reader says Indian News paper did not give the importance on Shaheed Din.But yes we can't forget this real freedom fighter,These heroes are in our heat. I hope memoirs of all Shaheed kept as it is in Lahore Jail....My wish One day , I visit this Shaheed Crucified place across the Boarder. INKLAB ZINDABAD
Pinto
Mar 26, 2013 05:44pm
Dear Sir. Where from you write these wonder full articles!!! Kudos!!!....Son of Soil... The ones who equate Bhatgat Singh with modern day terrorist should know that he wasn't mercinery. He was true nationalist who wanted to woke up the british from their imperial sleep. He could have done much more killing like mad terrorist of todays, but he dint. Know the difference fellows........wake up sleepy guys!!!!
kumar
Mar 26, 2013 06:29pm
whatz your point Mr Miraj, there is nothing new about what you have written here, every Indian( Muslims,Sikhs,Christians and Hindus) knowns about Bhagat Singh, Islamic republic of Pakistan has no business with anyone who has not a Muslim. However I see where you are going with this last time you wrote about Ganga Ram, you are peeling onion by telling history of your land, it will not suit your leadership particularly ISI and milltary I hope you are keeping yourself safe
Sandip
Mar 26, 2013 09:19pm
If anyone finds tribute to Shaheed Bhagat Singh sickening, he can only be pitied.
pathanoo
Mar 26, 2013 09:27pm
No, Mr. Qureshi. You are an exception and there are more good Muslims. We need more like you.
pathanoo
Mar 26, 2013 09:30pm
AHA, That is so simple. You define an apologist with one word,"Shahid."
pathanoo
Mar 26, 2013 09:34pm
Better said.
Bhagat Singh
Mar 27, 2013 12:02am
You should read history in details. YOU, my friend, is free today because he started the revolution at that time. He inspired millions and gave them courage to fight against the British and eventually led to our freedom. Appreciate but don't hate!!
Mustafa Razavi
Mar 27, 2013 12:31am
In the end it is the spirit that counts. If you believe in he cause they sacrificed for they ought to be your heroes. Tipu Sultan could not accomplish anything immediately, but he contributed to a campaign that led to the toppling of the colonial rule centuries later.
Mustafa Razavi
Mar 27, 2013 12:37am
What common motherland?
zzzz
Mar 27, 2013 02:26am
You might not be..I agree as you are under USA occupation now..well indirect occupation. For us Indians we are nation of billion people with billion problems but we are capable of solving and improving the country. We are a very young nation plagued with lots of curses but we nurture intellect to combat them
Irfan
Mar 27, 2013 05:05am
These were the men of ideals, who valued idea more than they valued their lives. They died fighting for a cause, and a pity that religious fanatics hold the sway and prevent the right from being acknowledged for their sacrifice.
kamaljit Singh
Mar 27, 2013 06:40am
Laxk is right Janab.
DS
Mar 27, 2013 07:22am
In the form of Taliban you are fighting your own creation. Looks like you have been deprived of history books.
Qazi Ammar Ahmad (@qaziammarah)
Mar 27, 2013 08:36am
The Brits were not haere on public service mission, nor were they invited by people of India. They came here for their own interest. Industrial Revolution is a case in point. They were userpers and tyrants like so many others who invaded these lands.
Mandeep
Mar 27, 2013 09:19am
The number of people disagreeing to ur comments, say it all.
(Dr.) B.N. Anand
Mar 27, 2013 09:38am
Sir, I fear your comparison is rather misplaced. Bharat Singh was a legend and his life has become a folklore for our generation to go with a vision of getting freedom from the the imperial rulers. You and me are living and breathing free today because of their martyrdom. Yes, Pakistan soldiers are dying in Taliban war to protect the freedom. You may not have any emotions of Bhagat Singh as he was a non Muslim, but his contribution in making you and me to live in freedom can not be denied. So whether you like it or not, at least be respectful to his memory. BNA
patrick
Mar 27, 2013 09:56am
as kabir says there is no turk no hindu all are one and the same there is only unfortunately those whose only purpose is to reign and divide and their religion is greed power and violence hassan your article brings sadness and tears and glory to the real heroes
Anil
Mar 27, 2013 10:13am
Kudos to Muhammad Hassan Miraj for presenting such a vivid and heart touching narration of a immortal martyar, It shows that he has the fine knack of telling an already told story from a new angle the courage, the dogginess of determination of bhagat singh is really contagious this story has a much deeper message to give that people on bothside of the fence are threads of one fabric and no imaginary line drawn on earth or man made barriers of caste creed or religion can separate our heart. Such stories from history can instil true spirit of revolution in the hearts of youth who are the real harbinger of hope for change
naveen
Mar 27, 2013 11:52am
Another amzing story
raika45
Mar 27, 2013 01:28pm
Let us face facts.Hundreds of people sacrificed their lives fighting the British for independence.Non of them are remembered for their sacrifice.It happens.Life is such.All it takes is for the attention to fall on one person and he becomes the idol.I have nothing against Bhagat Sing and his bravery.If I am not mistaken, he was supposed to fill Dyer of the Jalian Bagh massacre but shot the wrong man.Even then he became a hero especially after a movie was made on him.Heroes have died unannounced pre inedendence and post independence. We call them soldiers.It is a matter of perception.
Imraan Mehmood
Mar 27, 2013 02:25pm
this Bhagat story becoming a bit boring....or is it that Dawn is running out of stories
Mayank Vyas
Mar 27, 2013 02:56pm
Love you Hassan bhai.