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Bhagat Singh, the freedom fighter, the legend who sacrificed his life for his country. He was the real hero who bravely fought against British rulers.

Bhagat Singh, the freedom fighter, the legend who sacrificed his life for his country. He was the real hero who bravely fought against British rulers. Today, we acknowledge Bhagat Singh as an immortalized martyr who accomplished the feats that helped change the course of Indian history. His spirit to live life fearlessly established an image of a real hero and youngsters admire him for that. Bhagat Singh had lived a life on his own dignity and expressed his love for a country and fought a battle against Britishers at his own risk. Though he did not live for long, as we journey through his life, we realise that it was the action-packed events around him that shaped Bhagat Singhs mind.



 

When he was 14 there was an incident that left a deep impact on him. Narain Das, who the Hindu care taker of Nankana Sahib, and his men, fired on Akali protesters. The massacre of the unarmed protesters was widely condemned, and an agitation was launched till the control of this historic gurdwara was restored to the Sikhs. Bhagat Singh served langar (food) to volunteers who passed through his village on their way to Nankana Sahib.




By the time he was 16, Bhagat Singh had made conscious choices about what he had to do with his life - he had decided to dedicate it to the cause of securing freedom for India. Mahatma Gandhis non-cooperation movement did not hold his interest for long. He always followed a path of tit for tat i.e. a path of violence to obtain an independent country. He was arrested in 1927 on charges of association with the Kakori Train Robbery Case. He was also accused of being responsible for a bomb explosion at Lahore during the Dussehra fair. He was let off for good behavior against a heavy security of Rs 60,000. In September 1928, a meeting of various revolutionaries from across India was called in Delhi under the banner of the Kirti Kissan Party. Bhagat Singh was the secretary of the meet. His later revolutionary activities were carried out as a leader of this association.




Bhagat Singh and his compatriots killed a British police officer to revenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai who was   brutally beated by the police. Later, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt, another revolutionary, threw a bomb in the Central Assembly to protest against the Defence of India Act. They were arrested and imprisoned. Bhagat Singh used all his court appearances not to press for his acquittal or freedom but to espouse the cause of the freedom of the nation ... till the very last appearance, and, in fact, even beyond that.




The slogan Inqalaab Zindabad that he had rallied under, as he lived the life of a revolutionary, was now substituted by another one - Bhagat Singh Zindabad. Shaheed Bhagat Singh became too much of an icon - everyone wanted to adopt him.




On March 23, 1931, Bhagat Singh, along with two colleagues - Rajguru and Sukhdev - was hanged in Lahore, Punjab. He was a nationalist, a hero and a youth who became an icon. He completes the image of a hero who fights and stood against their enemies, and sacrifices his life for sake of his country. Yes he is still alive in each and every Indians heart.

 

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