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Inspiration for youth

“Sarfaroshi ki tamanna……..” written by the great revolutionary Ram Prasad Bismil proved true when Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged to death in the Lahore jail for demanding freedom from the clutches of the British. I thank The Tribune for publishing the front page of the paper of March 23, 1931.

In view of the extraordinary importance of the event, it would have been better if it had been reproduced on the front page. The photograph of Bhagat Singh wearing a hat is very popular throughout India.

The youth will hopefully be inspired by the trio and shun the evils prevailing in society after reading ‘On This Day…….83 Years Ago’(March 25).

Dr Jasvinder Singh Humsafar, Maloudh ( Ludhiana)

Bhagat Singh & Sutlej

The Tribune did a great job in reproducing the news captioned “Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev executed” (March 25) that appeared in its edition of March 25, 1931, under the column ‘On This Day .... 83 Years Ago’. It refreshened our minds about the big sacrifice made by martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev for freeing our country from the cruel jaws of the British rule.

I was reminded of an incident that my father, the late Flt Sgt AR Kapoor, who was then a boarding student of Manohar Lal Memorial High School, Ferozepore City, often used to tell us. On the morning of March 24, 1931, he saw people running in panic towards River Sutlej as they had seen smoke in the air and heard that the bodies of Bhagat Singh and his associates had been set on fire by the British on the banks of the river. He said that it was a very painful sight. My heart once again cried in pain in salutation to the martyrs on reading the news item.

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh

Declare ‘sacrifice day’

March 23 is the martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. The government should declare the day as ‘National Sacrifice Day’ . This homage to the great freedom fighters would rekindle the spirit of sacrifice among the citizens.

Anil K. Jaswal, Gagret (Una)

A youth icon

Shaheed Bhagat Singh is remembered as ‘Shaheed-e-Azam’. His slogan ‘Inquilab zindabad’ made a great impact on the youth during the freedom movement. He was an immensely talented, charismatic and scholarly young man who had love for the country and sacrificed his life at a tender age of 23 along with comrades Rajguru and Sukhev for the country. Shaheed Bhagat Singh as a national hero has always occupied a special place in the people’s heart. Bhagat Singh is an icon of the youth

The clarity of his ideas and determination was remarkable at his age and that distinguished him from other activists, patriots and leaders of the national freedom movement. Despite having been labelled with appellations like anarchist, atheist or even terrorist, he continued to inspire the youth.

His ideology is still relevant today and it can be a bulwark against the exploiters and the corrupt. His ideology should be propagated in this era of consumerism.

Shaheed Bhagat Singh is only remembered on his birth anniversary or martyrdom day. He can be an example to the youth which is lacking in ethical values. A sense of enthusiasm and patriotism can be instilled among the youth by making it aware of the selfless sacrifice of the extraordinary revolutionary Shaheed Bhagat Singh.


A little error

In the middle ‘Little knowledge is not dangerous' (February 18), there was a grammatical error in the title itself, and it prevailed throughout the text. What the writer wanted to say was: ‘A little knowledge’. Let’s understand the difference in meaning conveyed by ‘little’, ‘a little’ and ‘the little’. Here are the illustrations: (a) Please give me a little milk for tea (b) I have little milk, how can I give you any? (c) The cat drank the little milk that was in the pot.

One thing more. The title is borrowed from Alexander Pope. What the poet actually said was: “A little learning is a dangerous thing.” The word ‘knowledge’ instead of ‘learning’, though commonly used, is erroneous.

MK Kohli, Gurgaon



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