Bhagat Singh is one of India’s greatest freedom fighters. The youth of India was inspired by Bhagat Singh’s call to arms and enthused by the defiance of the army wing of the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association to which he, Sukhdev and Rajguru, belonged. His call, Inquilab Zindabad! Became the war-cry of the fight for freedom. Undoubtedly, he desperately wanted our country’s independence, but the place he was lacking was in his ideas. The way he wanted to get independence was not justified.
Love always elevates the character of a man. It never lowers him, provided love be love. Yes it is said about him but did he really provided love? Sardar Bhagat Singh, being a 24 year old man was full of enthusiasm, but was not at all practical. He wanted to gain independence through violence, which is just not possible because West is militarily stronger and no one can compete with them if it comes to the armed forces. It is said that, as a child, Bhagat Singh often talked and wanted to grow guns in the fields, so that he could fight the British. Mahatma Gandhi, being much more experienced and practical was against militant nationalism movement that Bhagat Singh had started. India is well known for its culture and ideologies, then how can anyone forget all that and chose a path which is not meant for us to gain independence. It was right to execute Bhagat Singh; if he had not been executed, we would have never gained independence through violence and Britishers would be ruling over us. Or maybe worsen the situation the way it did it during the war between Russia and Afghanistan. Where several small militant groups (freedom fighters) fought against Russians and other Western military forces and chased them away. But what happened in the aftermath. Each small militant group, started fighting with each other to gain control of Afghanistan, which even worsen the situation there. At that time, Britishers were definitely much more powerful than us when it comes to the armed forces. Could the situation be same with us? Don’t forget, When two groups are busy blowing up each other, people in the middle get tossed up.
Bhagat Singh fought for India and was in favour of violence, and was considered as terrorist by the Britishers. Nowadays, even Naxalism is a threat to India, but these people are also fighting for justice against government and are considered as a martyr by many. But whatever they are doing, they are doing for their own good. It depends on the perception of the people. Well, according to this theory, Bhagat Singh was the first Naxalite.
It is said that Mahatma Gandhi was the reason behind Bhagat Singh’s death. But in reality, Bhagat Singh knew that he cannot be saved from execution, so he took it as an opportunity and wanted Gandhi to be the reason of his death so that he stays in the heart of the people and gain sympathy. Gandhi gave his 100% in saving Bhagat Singh. He spoke to the Vice Roy about it, but Vice Roy replied ‘If you want, I can leave 1000 criminals but I cannot leave Bhagat Singh’.
Bhagat Singh, despite of being a Sikh, he shaved his beard and cut his hair. By doing such act, he is provoking other Sikhs to do the same as people blindly follow him. He was purely against his religion and was an atheist. A person who cannot be faithful to his religion can never be faithful to his country.
On April 8, 1929, Bhagat Singh and B.K. Dutt threw a bomb in the Central Legislative Assembly ‘to make the deaf hear’ as their leaflet described the reason for their actions. Although it is said the nobody was hurt by that explosion as Bhagat Singh had made that bomb himself. But how do we know, what his intention was. May be he wanted to create a havoc in the minds of people to make a hold of himself.
Bhagat Singh was only 24 when he was executed. We won’t say that, we are against Bhagat Singh, but he was equally responsible for his execution and it is fair enough to execute him. Because in his presence, we could never gain that independence peacefully. We can not win anyone or anything through violence. Non violence is the key to win anything in this world. Bhagat Singh may just want to gain the limelight and popularity through his actions.