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'This is not the India Bhagat Singh dreamed of'

Discussion in 'National Politics' started by JanjaWeed, Aug 14, 2011.

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  1. JanjaWeed

    JanjaWeed Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    The country has forgotten Shaheed Bhagat Singh, feels one of his descendants. Abhitej Singh Sandhu (22), grand- nephew of 'Shaheed-e-Azam' Bhagat Singh, laments that the legacy of the freedom fighter has been allowed to wither away, and he blames the successive governments since Independence for this.

    Sandhu's father Abhay Singh Sandhu is the son of Bhagat Singh's younger brother Sardar Kulbir Singh. Both have joined the People's Party of Punjab, floated by former finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal.

    "Bhagat Singh's fight was not against the British or against white skin; his fight was against the unfair system and the disparity that existed in society. He wanted the fruits of labour to be distributed equally and this problem still prevails," Sandhu says. "Unfortunately, our governments did not let the true image and ideology of Shaheed-e-Azam to come out. They only relate him with violence, bombs and killings, which is totally wrong. He was never in favour of violence; the bombs that he used were only smoke bombs and not explosives. He did not want to hurt or kill anybody, but make the 'deaf' hear," adds Sandhu, a graduate from Delhi University.

    "This is not the India that Bhagat Singh wanted. Though we got freedom, it was only for a few influential families. The common man is still struggling to earn his daily bread. We are living in a country where we have a man earning Rs 30 lakh per hour and, at the same time, 30 lakh people are without any shelter," laments Sandhu.

    He adds, "We want every child, every youngster of India to understand the true Shaheed-e-Azam." Talking about Bhagat Singh's jail dairy, Sandhu says, "While he was in jail, he had written that the British will leave the country in the next 14-15 years. After that for the next 40-45 years, immense corruption will prevail and the influential class will loot money and the gap between the rich and poor will be widened.

    "But he was also optimistic and had written that after 60-65 years, some enlightened and honest individuals will come together and work for the reforms. I believe that time has come. I expect people from various quarters to come together to evolve a new social-economic structure in the country," he says.

    In his jail dairy, Bhagat Singh had written 140 pages in English. Abhitej's father, who runs an NGO, Sardar Kulbir Singh Memorial Foundation, has translated these writings into Hindi and Punjabi. They are planning to circulate them in schools in Punjab and other parts of the country.

    'This is not the India Bhagat Singh dreamed of' - The Times of India
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