New Delhi: The significance of March 23 may be correlated to the Earth Hour this year but it holds more relevance in connection with the Indian freedom struggle as the day is observed as Shaheed Diwas.

On March 23, 1931, Bhagat Singh along with his companions Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged in Lahore Central Jail for throwing bombs inside Assembly.

Even as the day holds significance since it was this date when the three great martyrs - Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev-- were executed for throwing bombs in Assembly, the country will observe it as just another day with usual speeches on the unsung heroes in the backdrop of scams and terror threats.  

At a young age of 23 years, Bhagat Singh along with Batukeshwar Dutt threw two bombs inside the Central Legislative Assembly on April 8, 1929, from the Visitor's Gallery.

As smoke from the bomb filled the Hall, they shouted "Inquilab Zindabad" and showered leaflets which claimed that the act was done to oppose the Trade Disputes and the Public Safety Bill being presented in the Central Assembly. After throwing the bombs, Bhagat Singh and Butukeshwar Dutt courted arrest by refusing to run away from the scene.

Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev were charged with the murder. At the time of their execution, Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev were then just 23 while Rajguru was a year younger.

Their dead bodies were secretly taken out of the jail and were burnt on the banks of River Satluj.

Too little time for the forgotten heroes

Seven decades later, Bhagat Singh, the freedom fighter from Punjab has turned to be a forgotten hero.

Such is the government apathy towards the unsung heroes, that a mere demand was made in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday (March 22) to set up a monument in Parliament House at the spot where Bhagat Singh had  thrown bombs inside the Central Legislative Assembly in 1929.

Sparing a minute to remember these freedom fighters is perhaps too time-taking for this Facebook generation. The places or colleges named after  Bhagat Singh are a testimony to dwindling patriotism in the current generation since such places have just got confined to be a protesting spot or a favourite hangout joint.

Such is the growing indifference towards their sacrifices, that young generation hardly knows the significance of March 23. It is the same generation that starts prepartions for the Valentine's Day and Friendship's day a week ahead in advance.

Sadly, name of Bhagat Singh and his comrades is limited to our history books while we make Gods out of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, driving us to think: Why don't we wish to remember these unsung heroes? Why do we or our governments mention 2nd October or 14th November as the significant events but forget the revolutionary ways of Bhagat Singh and his companions?

(JPN)


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