The three freedom fighters and revolutionary leaders of the country were hanged to death by Britishers on March 23, 1931, in the Lahore conspiracy case.
On Martyrs’ Day (today), Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to these freedom fighters, saying their desire to die for the motherland will always inspire Indians. In the Lahore conspiracy case, the three freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru were hanged to death by Britishers on March 23, 1931.
The nation salutes three leaders.
The nation is observing “Shaheed Diwas” today to mark the death anniversary of Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Hari Rajguru, and Sukhdev Thapar. These three leaders played a key role in inspiring the youth of the nation to fight for the freedom of the country.
Bhagat Singh, the fascinating socialist freedom fighter, was born in Banga village of Faisalabad district (previously called Lyallpur), now in Pakistan’s Punjab province, in 1907. His two acts of violence against the Britishers and a subsequent executive at the age of 23 made him a hero of the Indian independence movement. Indian youths at that time got motivation to free the country from the Britishers.
Bhat Singh, aggressive since childhood.
Singh became aggressively involved in India’s freedom movement at an early age after giving up formal education at the age of thirteen. He left home for Kanpur after his parents tried to get him married.
Three planned to assassinate SP.
In December 1928, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru planned the assassination of the superintendent of police, James Scott, in Lahore, to take revenge for the death of Lala Lajpat Rai, the nationalist leader of the well-known Lal-Bal-Pal trio. In a case of mistaken identity, assistant superintendent of police John Saunders was shot dead. To avoid arrest, Singh ran away to Calcutta.
In April 1929, Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt threw bombs in the Central Assembly Hall in Delhi and raised the slogan “Inquilab Zindabad!” They were later arrested. In the Lahore Conspiracy case, Singh and his revolutionary comrades Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged to death on March 23, 1931.
Punjab’s Chief Minister declares a holiday
Several events have been organised by the central and state governments to pay tribute to the revolutionary leaders of the Indian independence struggle. Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann declared a holiday on March 23, saying the decision was taken to enable the maximum number of people from across the state to pay their tributes to the great martyrs at Khatkar Kalan and Hussainiwala.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that his government’s upcoming school to prepare students for the armed forces will be named after Bhagat Singh. The school will come up on a 14-acre campus in Jharoda Kalan with state-of-the-art facilities.
Statues of Bhagat Singh and BR Ambedkar in Vidhan Sabha
Earlier in the Assembly, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann proposed that statues of Bhagat Singh and Ambedkar be installed in the Vidhan Sabha.
As an indebted nation, we can never forget the contribution of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, who laid down his life for the freedom of the country. Likewise, Dr B R Ambedkar shaped the destiny of the country in the pre and post independence eras as the chief architect of the Indian constitution, “said Mann.
Earlier, the move was rejected.
The move comes five years after the Chandigarh Administration turned down a move by the then Punjab government to install a statue of Ambedkar. The Punjab Vidhan Sabha, during a special session called in 2016 to commemorate Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary, passed the resolution to install his statue. The then Speaker, Charanjit Singh Atwal, had sent the resolution to the Chandigarh Administration, which had declined to allow any statue in the Assembly complex.
Reminded of the earlier rejection, a government functionary said, “It is not a permanent no. It depends on how we take up the issue again. The due process will be followed. Times change. If something is declined once, it does not mean it should not be attempted again.Has the administration not allowed flyovers in the city? Were they allowed initially? “
The functionary said that the point of the resolution was to convey the sentiments to the people.
BJP member Ashwani Sharma said Bhagat Singh was not an icon for Punjabis alone but for youth across the country. He said their ideology should be assimilated.
It is needless to add that the nation will never forget the gallant deeds of these three revolutionaries. Therefore, various programmes take place all over the country.