This post is my tribute to two of the great souls, who sacrificed their life for India’s freedom struggle….

Kid: Papa, what are you doing?
Dad: Beta, I’am planting a few saplings.
Kid: Papa, why are you doing this?
Dad: Beta, once this plant grows, we can harvest the crop and earn from that…..

Later that day, the dad finds his son sticking some sticks to the ground. Very eager to know what his son is doing, the dad goes there….

Dad: Beta what are you doing?
Kid: Papa, i am planting these guns, so that once it grows, we can drive the British from our country….

This revolutionary kid was none other than the legendary Bhagat Singh.

Sardar Bhagat Singh

Sardar Bhagat Singh

He was not only responsible for making guns and bombs, but also made our country realize that you simply cannot communicate to a deaf man, you need an explosion to get them to their senses.

He was born on 27th september 1907. He made best use of the court trials to speak out his principles and opinions. One of the officers who was present while Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were being executed famously made this statement: “I always thought that, there are two kinds of people, one, who cry on the face of death and another who accept death with a smiling face. But, now i know for sure there is another kind“. This was when he saw the trio singing their way to the execution ground.

I frankly admit that i didnt realize that 27th september was the birthday of Bhagat Singh, until i received an sms on that day which read:
Everybody celebrates the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd october, but nobody even remembers the birthday of Bhagat Singh. Forward to all Indians, be a true Indian, Jai Hind!”

I agree the composer of the sms has done a great job in conveying to the Indians what they are actually forgetting. But i could not help notice one thing- why on earth was there a mention of Gandhi?

Yes i agree that Bhagat Singh has not been given his due by the government and its people. But, what has this got to do with Gandhi?
It would be a big blunder if people started comparing Gandhi with Bhagat Singh. Both contributed a lot to our freedom struggle. Had it not been for Bhagat Singh, the Britishers would never have taken the peace initiatives of Gandhi seriously.

One common arguement has always been that had it not been for Gandhi, we would have got independence much earlier. The entire freedom struggle slowed down because of his”non vilence movement. But the question is: Were we ready for independence at that time?

Just look at the aftermath of the Iraq war after Saddam Hussein was dethroned? It was utter chaos….

Had we got independence much earlier, India would have disintegrated to many parts viz.. Kashmir, Madras, Bundelkhand etc etc….. India as such didnt have unified movement which got everyone together. It was movements such as the Quit India movement, the Dandi March which gave the feeling of oneness.

Finally our independence was a result of sacrifices of thousands of noble souls. Just as Ustad Isa is credited to have architectured taj mahal, even though thousands have contributed building it. Similarly, Mahatma Gandhi was the architect of the Indian Independence movement, even though we cant forget the contributions of Sri Aurobindo, Swami Vivekanada [who in 1897, while addressing a youth gathering, had famously called upon the youth to fight the next 50 years for India’s Independence, which we invariably got in 1947] , Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Sardar Bhagat Singh, Chandreshekar Azad, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Gopal Krishna Gokhle, Subash Chandra Bose etc.

End note: Lets stop playing politics over these great freedom fighters. Lets come out and celebrate the birthdays of these true heroes at the truest sense. Let the spirit of oneness be there. Let them be a true inspiration for us to face the modern day threats like Naxalism, religious fanatacism, poverty, female foeticide etc…

Jai Hind!