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Martyrdom Day
Tribune was only Indian paper to cover execution
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 23
The news of Bhagat Singh's execution in 1931 was carried only by two newspapers, The Tribune in Lahore and Daily Worker of New York.

Prof Chaman Lal of the School of Languages and Literature, Jawaharlal Nehru University, made a mention of this historical journalistic fact while participating in a panel discussion after the release of the book `Bhagat Singh: Select Speeches and Writings' at India International Centre here on Friday evening.

Prominent among those present at the function were former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral and Bhagat Singh's nephew, Prof Jagmohan Singh.

Prof Chaman Lal said that since the news of Bhagat Singh's execution at 7 pm on March 23, 1931 was suppressed, it was published on March 25, 1931 only in two newspapers.

The discussion and book release by CPI General Secretary A.B. Bardhan marked Bhagat Singh's martyrdom anniversary as also his 100 birth anniversary.

Edited by D.N. Gupta who teaches history in Hindu College, the book is a praiseworthy effort by the National Book Trust as it presents a selection of Bhagat Singh's speeches, writings and letters.

Professor Lal said British imperialism could not face Bhagat Singh's moral strength.

Prof Jagmohan Singh who has edited `The Complete Works of Bhagat Singh' remembered his uncle as a living socialist who said that people are either powerful or powerless.

Prof K.C. Yadav, retired Professor of history from Kurukshetra University, said Bhagat Singh is a living legend. “His memory is very much a part of all of us. The way we remember Bhagat Singh is far from satisfactory.”

Professor Yadav said that more than 75 years after Bhagat Singh's execution, his unparalleled bravery and supreme sacrifice continue to dazzle the world. “Bhagat Singh is much bigger than that. He had the potential of becoming a world leader and this is no exaggeration.”

Professor Yadav assured the gathering that Bhagat Singh's ail notes would also be available soon.

Concluding the discussion, Professor Bipan Chandra, National Research Professor and Professor Emeritus, JNU, said that Bhagat Singh was a Marxist in the making.



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