March 23 is observed as Martyrs Day, also known as Shaheed Diwas as a tribute to martyrs Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar, and Shivaram Rajguru.
March 23 is marked as Shaheed Diwas or Martyrs’ Day to remember the day when three brave freedom fighters were hanged by the British. Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar were inspirational youngsters, and their sacrifice remained etched in the Indian conscience. Amongst them, Bhagat Singh stood out for his bravery, clarity of thought and exceptional patriotism.
Bhagat Singh was a brave freedom fighter and revolutionary of the India Independence movement. His feelings of patriotism were not only restricted against British rule but also towards the division of India on communal lines. He could foresee it and finding such an esteemed leader is difficult. He was genius, mature and always attract towards socialism. He in fact participated in the non-cooperation movement.
He was born on 28 September, 1907 in Punjab, India (now Pakistan), to a Sikh family. He was involved with several revolutionary organisations and set an example of patriotism in the country.
He quit school at thirteen to devote his life to Indian Independence and died at a very young age of 23. Popularly he is known as Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh. He was found guilty of killing a British police officer and hanged on March 23, 1931. Here, we are presenting some inspiring and unknown facts about Bhagat Singh.
10 Lesser known facts about Bhagat Singh
1. After Jallianwala Bagh’s incident at the age of 12, he bunked school and went to a tragic place. There he collected a bottle of mud, wet with the blood of Indians and worship it every day. In college, he was a great actor and played several roles in plays like ‘Rana Pratap’ and ‘Bharat-Durdasha’.
2. Bhagat Singh in his childhood always spoke about guns. He wanted to grow guns in the fields using which he can fight with the British. When he was 8 years old, instead of talking about toys or games he always speaks about driving out British from India.
3. When Bhagat Singh’s parents wanted him to marry, he ran away to Kanpur. He told his parents that “if I will marry in colonial India, where British Raj is there, then my bride will be my death. Therefore, there is no rest or worldly desire that can lure me now’. Then, after this, he joined the “Hindustan Socialist Republican Association”.
4. He was attracted to socialism and socialist revolutions led by Lenin at an early age and started reading about them. Bhagat Singh said ‘They may kill me, but not my ideas. They can crush my body, but will not be able to crush my spirit’.
5. Bhagat Singh had told the British that “instead of hanging they should shoot him” but the British did not consider it. He mentioned this in his last letter. Bhagat Singh wrote in this letter, “Since I was arrested during the war. Therefore, I cannot be punished for hanging. Let me be thrown into the mouth of a cannon. “This shows his braveness and the feeling for the nation.
6. Along with the associates, Bhagat Singh threw bombs in the Central Assembly, Delhi. They don’t want to injure anyone. The bombs were made of low-grade explosives.
7. Bhagat Singh had fasted for 116 days in jail. It is surprising that during this time he used to do all his work regularly, such as singing, reading writing books, visiting court every day, etc.
8. Bhagat Singh coined a powerful slogan ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ which became the slogan of India’s armed struggle.
9. He was hanged an hour ahead of the official time on March 23, 1931. It is said that Bhagat Singh was smiling when he was hanged. In fact, this was done with a fearlessness to “lowered British imperialism”. It is said that no magistrate was ready to monitor Bhagat Singh’s execution. After the deadline of the original death warrant expired, an honorary judge signed the execution order and inspected it.
10. When his mother had come to visit him in jail, Bhagat Singh was laughing loudly. Seeing this, the jail officials were shocked to see how this person is who is laughing openly despite being so close to death.
His legacy will continue to live in the hearts of many. These unknown facts will surely pave deep respect and also gives an idea about his life and its revolution.