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Bhagat Singh’s love for literature

The literary face of Bhagat Singh (Mar 22) by Harish Dhillon took the readers on a journey through interesting, motivating, inspiring and little known facts about “the phenomenon of Bhagat Singh”, who even after 80 years of martyrdom, remains a legend and a cult figure.

For a youth in his 20s qualities like heroism, sacrifice, political clarity and ability to catch the imagination of people were really remarkable and contributed in making Bhagat Singh a legend occupying a unique position among all Indian revolutionaries. The media has taken up the responsibility of glorifying, propagating, spreading, publishing ideas, thoughts and little-known facts about Bhagat Singh who emerged as a symbol of the most radical nationalist movement against imperialism and colonialism. The government efforts to remember him, however, are just symbolic.

Bhagat Singh was a deep thinker who understood the power of ideas that made him an undisputed ideological leader with tremendous courage. If all nationalist Indians focus, propagate and spread revolutionary ideas of freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh, the very first victims of revolutionary movement will be the neo-colonial political class and bureaucrats who are exploiting the common people for their own selfish motives. For the fear of public onslaught rulers ensure that historical figures, freedom fighters, martyrs and revolutionaries are neglected and look like sorry remnants of the past rather than vibrant torchbearers for the future.




Come 23rd of March and the politicians get busy in holding seminars on Shaheed Bhagat Singh. But actually the wily politicians are busy grinding their own axe. Finding a politician who works for the development of India is like finding a needle in the hay. Bhagat Singh may not have envisioned that one day corrupt Indians would be looting their fellow brethren. If the great martyr would have been with us today he would have been really unhappy.



Few important names of the authors that Bhagat Singh had read have been mentioned. Bhagat Singh did not read just any book that he could lay his hands on. He read only selective authors that appealed to his mind and that shed light on social exploitation under foreign domination. For example he wrote a letter to his friend Jai Dev to send him the following books from the Dwarka Dass Library, Lahore: Militarism & Anti-Militarism by Karl Liebknecht; Why Men Fight by Bertrand Russell; The Soviets at Work and The Collapse of The Second International, by Nikolai Lenin; Left Wing Communism — An Infantile Disorder by Vladimir Lenin; Fields, Factories and Workshops, and The Civil War in France by Marx. Tolstoy and Rousseau also shaped his mind. On the day of his execution he was reading Lenin. With all these readings his mind had become razor sharp.

He did not read books to while away his time in prison but to understand the problems that beset the poor and the unprivileged under the foreign rule.

He strongly condemned the commemoration of martyrdom, especially of his own. He felt the money wasted on such commemorations could be used for the betterment of the poor. His reading had made him fearless of death. He was quite hopeful that his views and analysis would continue to guide his countrymen. That is why he wrote in his famous Note Book “Hawan Mein Rahengi Khial Ki Bijlian, Yeh Muste Khak Hai Fani Rahe Na Rahe” (This body is bound to mix up with the dust but my views would continue to light up the firmament).

Prof LAKHA SINGH, Taran Taran


The article was really interesting as it gave information and brought to light the hidden aspect of one of the greatest revolutionary of 20th Century India. It also described in detail about his love for books by different authors and on different subjects and how they influenced his thought process.

The tribute paid by the writer shows that Bhagat Singh had a great thirst for literature and knowledge on different subjects that ultimately enabled him to make his mark in history.


Skewed sex ratio

The news report Sikh community’s bid to check female foeticide makes little headway (Mar 8) has rightly pointed the failure of the Sikh leadership in addressing the issue. The lack of will to curb the menace is evidently clear in the community’s efforts.

While the Akal Takht did nothing to curb the menace even after issuing a hukamnama to the community, the SGPC even after boasting of launching a cradle scheme didn’t bother to install cradles in all the major gurdwaras under its control. As far as the SGPC is concerned, placing cradles in the gurdwaras would not have cost much to the body having an annual budget of Rs 450 crore. The Sikh leadership should wake up from its deep slumber before it is too late. 


Appeasement policy

The Kashmir issue must be limited to negotiations with Pakistan for handing over Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to India as this part of Kashmir (POK) was forcibly occupied by Pakistan. Jawaharlal Nehru handed over present POK to Pakistan as a gift under the guise of the so-called ceasefire in 1948. Subsequently, the 1965, 1971, Kargil wars and now Pakistan’s interference in Jammu and Kashmir in the guise of a full-scale terrorist war since 1989 are the result of the same appeasement policy of the Indian governments.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee went begging to Lahore for peace with Pakistan and instead got the Kargil war. The UPA governments, barring the late Rajiv Gandhi, followed the same appeasement policy towards Pakistan.

R K BHAT, Shimla



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