September 27 is remembered as the birth anniversary of the most charismatic socialist revolutionary, Bhagat Singh, who sacrificed his life for the struggle of Indian independence. Bhagat Singh’s two most influential acts of rebellion against the Britishers in India made him one of the biggest folk heroes of the Indian independence movement.

Bhagat Singh, who died at 23, became a hero among the youth for his sacrifice. His sacrifice not only left Britishers pale faced but also encouraged the youth to fight against the British rule.

Even though a lot is said about the revolutionary hero, we give you some little unknown facts about the hero who changed the fate of then ‘caged’ golden bird.

1) At young age, Bhagat Singh left his house and went to Kanpur after his parents were forcing him to marry. He always said that ‘If I ever get married in British-ruled India, my wife will only be death’.

2) In order to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai, Bhagat Singh along with Shivaram Rajguru planned the killing of James Scott but after getting mixed with the identities, they mistakenly shot a 21-year-old British police officer, John Saunders, in Lahore, British India.

3) After the assassination of the British Police officer, Bhagat Singh was on the lookout by the police. Sikh by birth, Bhagat chopped off his hair and beard so that he could escape from Lahore to Calcutta.

4) One incident which actually began his freedom movement was when he threw ‘harmless’ bombs in the General Assembly. This was the time when he did not resist the arrest and also used his trials to spread the propaganda of India’s freedom.

5) Bhagat Singh was sentenced to be hanged on 24 March 1931, but it was brought forward by 11 hours to 23 March 1931 at 7:30PM.

At a young age of 23, when today’s generation is caught in making their careers, Bhagat Singh sacrificed his life for a better future of the nation. It is also said that Bhagat Singh had a smile on his face when he was getting hanged, as he knew that his death will wake the thousands of young blood to fight for their nation.

First Published | 27 September 2017 11:26 AM
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