Bhagat Singh


Shaheed Bhagat Singh( 1907 – 23 March 1931) was a celebrated Indian socialist and revolutionary, whose intense patriotism made him a youth icon for generations to come. Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (SBSC), named after him recently commemorated Shaheedi Divas on 23rd March 2018 to mark the 87 the anniversary of the martyrdom of India’s revolutionary hero. The function was organised by the Cultural Council of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, under the convenorship of Dr. Simple Mohanty.

The Chief Guest on the occasion was Shri Amarjeet Singh Dulat, author of the 2015 best-selling book, Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years. Dulat, a 1965 batch veteran IPS officer from the Rajasthan cadre, had gone on to head the Research & Analysis Wing and was also the PMO’s chief advisor on Kashmir during Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee’s regime. He was an epitome of modesty when he said that he was not knowledgeable enough to speak on the occasion. The pearls of wisdom he shared with the audience, proved him wrong.

Referring to Shaheed- e- Azam Bhagat Singh’s martyrdom, he said that had the former lived on, we may perhaps have seen a different India. Referring to Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s staunch secular and socialistic credentials, Shri Dulat said that the former chose to remain an atheist till the end, swearing only by the religion of love for and service to the motherland; and the foundation for this love for and service to the motherland was Hindu- Muslim unity. Reminding us about the indispensability of Hindu- Muslim unity, Shri Dulat quoted the words of the Nightingale of India, Sarojini Naidu who called it the Sangam of National Life– like the perfect union of the Ganges and Yamuna at Prayag, the perfect union of Hindus and Muslims would see each preserve its own culture & purity even at the point of union.

Dr. Shyam Sundar, seniormost faculty of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College addressed the gathering on behalf of the Principal, Dr. P. K Khurana, who was unwell. felicitated the eminent guests. He also announced the initiation of a merit-cum-means scholarship to support the education of wards martyred police and paramilitary personnel. This scholarship was started by Dr. Khurana at the behest of a former faculty member of the college from the Department of Geography, Dr. Krishna Prabha, and her husband Justice S. K. Agarwal. Shri Dulat lauded this as the noblest of causes.

The students of various societies of the college also got a chance to interact with Shri A.S Dulat as he gave away mementos and certificates of appreciation to them.

 A plethora of cultural events were organized by the college which fascinated the spectators. Audiophile, the music society, performed a medley of songs with pleasing renditions of Indian classical music.

Spardha, the western dance society, gave a dazzling dance performance with an amalgamation of upbeat and popular songs.
Spardha, the western dance society of SBSC

Spardha, the western dance society, gave a dazzling dance performance with an amalgamation of upbeat and popular songs. Natuve, the theatre society, recited a thought-provoking and powerful poem on nationalism and the spirit of sacrifice.

Promethean, the fine arts society, made a live painting of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and mesmerized every spectator.
Promethean, the fine arts society, made a live painting of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and mesmerized every spectator.

Article by- Meraki, The Creative Writing Society, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College

“They may kill me, but they cannot kill my ideas. They can crush my body, but they will not be able to crush my spirit.” – Shaheed Bhagat Singh

More than a century ago, a true visionary and patriot, Shaheed Bhagat Singh was born. On the occasion of his birth anniversary, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College hosted an event in his memory by inviting Mr. Yogendra Yadav for a guest lecture. The scholar recounted stories from Bhagat Singh’s life with great patriotic fervour and talked about the martyr’s relevance in contemporary India. He said that the best way to honour the patriot would be by taking keen interest in today’s politics and thereby contributing to changing the scenario of this country. With great interest, he listened to the questions of the students and gave his insight and views.

Image Credits: Anukriti Mishra for DU Beat
Image Credits: Anukriti Mishra for DU Beat

A true revolutionary, Bhagat Singh paved the way for the independence of India in more than one way. He could discuss topics ranging from politics to science with a great deal of expertise. He was only 23 years of age when he died but the legacy that he has left behind is going to outlive us all. Bhagat Singh was one of the first socialist thinkers of the country who realised the need to raise the issues of class struggle. He believed in an egalitarian version of society and contributed numerous ideas for the establishment of one. He remains even today as one of the most celebrated freedom fighters. However the question that needs to be raised is: how much of his ideology have we been able to imbibe? At just 23, he left behind a lot of questions to ponder over. We cannot help but wonder whether our disinterested generation has tried to pick up pieces of wisdom from his writings. When most freedom fighters were only working for the decolonisation of the country, Bhagat Singh was trying to look beyond the immediate future. He was trying to create discourses which were required to establish a post-independent India.

In one of his last messages, Bhagat Singh said, “The struggle in India would continue so long as a handful of exploiters go on exploiting the labour of the common people for their own ends. It matters little whether these exploiters are purely British capitalists, or British and Indians in alliance, or even purely Indian.” Had he been alive today, he would have been disheartened to see his worst fears come alive. His vision of an India without the class struggles, poverty, and social injustices still remains a dream. India’s politics today exploit communal, caste, and class conflicts. Everyone manipulates these conflicts according to their convenience. Such a pathetic state of things is certainly a dishonour to the memory of a young man who did not think twice about giving his life for this country.

Hopefully, his cry of “Inquilab Zindabad” instills in today’s youth the same zeal and patriotic fervour that drove him to pave way for India’s freedom. May his ideas and intellectual legacy help us take his struggle and vision of India forward.


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Anukriti Mishra
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Exactly 86 years ago, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru – the three revered figures of the Indian freedom struggle – were executed on March 31, 1931 in Punjab’s Hussainwala (now in Pakistan). The trio were responsible for killing John Saunders, a British police officer. These men were also at the forefront of the ‘Azaadi’ revolution or the independence movement. With their slogans of ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ they had literally shook the foundations of british empire by throwing bombs in the central assembly hall of Delhi.

As the nation pays its tribute to these heroes of Indian independence movement on this Shaheed Divas, let us take a look at the present status of the ‘revolution’ which they started in their young days in the present context.

“You can kill people. But you can never kill an idea” is a popular quotation that often does the round in pictures flooding social media on Martyr’s Day. Nevertheless, today people have reduced their notion of freedom movement into a mere lip service. As a country where millions are below the poverty line, development is still a distant dream even after 70 years of independence. The idea of India for which these martyrs paid with their lives is not exactly dead, but is being slowly poisoned by different forces within our own country. These are the same ideologues who are intolerant towards any form of dissent and don’t hesitate to tag people who shout for ‘Azaadi’ from social evils as ‘Anti-Nationals’.

Bhagat Singh was an atheist. His idea of nationalism was the one which was inclusive of all sections of the society. He was against religious slogans like ‘Har Har Mahadev’ and ‘Naare Takbeer’, and opposed the use of religion in the Indian independence movement. Ironically people who beat the trumpets of nationalism today are no less than hypocrites. Often attempting to justify their idea of nationalism which is exclusive of minority community, their voice falls hollow while appointing religious bigots as protectors of constitution.

Bhagat Sigh, in a letter written in Urdu to his brother from Lahore jail where he spent his last moments, writes about the importance of education in building a developed nation. In recent years, the highest budget cut has been gifted to education sector by successive governments.

In today’s Pakistan, fans of Bhagat Singh had to seek protection through the court to celebrate his death anniversary. Even after decades of getting independence, activists have failed in their multiple attempts to rename the chowk in Lahore where he spent his last days on his name due to severe opposition from religious extremists who don’t approve of him being an atheist. Even though name changing drama is not new to today’s India, but the mixing of religion and politics that is spreading like wildfire under the pretext of development is something he was sternly against.

These heroes had a great impact in their deaths as great as in their lives. They taught us to revolt against the ‘wrong’ and fight for our rights. Their teachings of revolutions that we all grew up with has impacted India even after Independence. Many a times, revolutions in independent India have overthrown governments and brought in huge social as well as political changes across the country. Be it the post emergency agitation or the national movement against corruption, their ‘revolution’ was always in our blood.


As the authorities who hold power are on spree to – suppress dissent across universities, stifle dalit and tribal voices in the pretext of Naxalism, wage a war on minorities across the country from Kerala’s classrooms to Jaipur’s restaurants, propagate religious hatredness across the country’s heartlands, threaten journalists and reiterate that building a temple will bring in development, it is upon you to think if it is time for another ‘revolution’ and imagine who is the new ‘British’?

Long live the ‘Revolution’.

(The writer in a born bhakt of Bhagat Singh and his associates who sacrificed their lives so that he could write about them in peace)

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Srivedant Kar

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A Delhi University textbook has been caught up in a political row after it was found that it mentioned revolutionaries like Shaheed Bhagat Singh as ‘revolutionary terrorists’.

The textbook titled ‘India’s Struggle for Freedom’ which has been in circulation for 25 years now also mentions Surya Sen and Chandra Shekhar Azad as ‘revolutionary terrorists’ with the Chittagong Uprising described as a terror attack. The context and the explanation in Chapter 20, where the nomenclature was used, however, is not being discussed.

Several historians and authors have come forward to correct the error. Veteran historian Irfan Habib, however, said that ‘this controversy is not new for him’. “This issue is in public domain for a long time. When I was writing a book on Bhagat Singh, I deliberately used ‘revolutionary terrorist’ for him.”

Terming the ‘error’ as an ‘academic murder’, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani made it clear that no amount of intellectual cover could be used to demean those who have lost their lives. “If I am to be called intolerant to ensure that Bhagat Singh is not called a terrorist, then that is a tag I will proudly wear,” she said.

Janta Dal United (JD(U)) is expected to bring the issue up in Rajya Sabha


Kartikeya Bhatotia

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“Exemplary are the lives of those who espouse the cause of our motherland and through their sacrifices, inspire generations for selfless and dedicated service to the nation,” said the Press Release by Delhi University on Martyrs Day celebrated on 23rd March. The University marked this day by opening doors to a room in the Viceregal Lodge, where Bhagat Singh was imprisoned for a day before he was hanged along with Sukhdev and Rajguru. The room was furnished by a cot and a picture of the revolutionary and contained works on Bhagat Singh and even handwritten letters by the fighter. The University invited hundred students from different schools for a guided tour of the room which has been kept locked since it was handed over to the University in 1933 and now houses the Vice Chancellor’s office.   Vice Chancellor, Yogesh Tyagi said that the resource centre aims at making everyone learn from the lives of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his fellow freedom fighters. He mentioned that the centre will be open to college students, research scholars and even school children who wish to learn from the works of the martyr and other scholarly works on him. It won’t, however be opened to the public. The University plans on turning it into a museum later on and make the resource available to students on certain selected days in a week. The Vice Chancellor, an alumnus of Jawahar Lal Nehru University when asked to draw comparisons between Kanhaiya Kumar and Shaheed Bhagat Singh said that anyone who fights for a just cause is inspired by the martyr. Bhagat Singh along with others revolutionaries threw bombs in the parliament to ‘make the deaf hear’ to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai and JP Saunders. He became a symbol of standing up to the wrongdoings of the English government.   Feature Image credit: thehindu.com Akshara Srivastava [email protected]  ]]>