Bhagat Singh was an Indian socialist revolutionary who became a folk hero of the Indian Independence Movement due to his two dramatic violent acts against the British in India and his execution at the young age of 23. Bhagat Singh was born on 28 September in 1907 in a Sikh family. Read more >>
Best of Bhagat Singh Quotes
…by crushing individuals, they cannot kill ideas.
One should not interpret the word “Revolution” in its literal sense. Various meanings and significances are attributed to this word, according to the interests of those who use or misuse it. For the established agencies of exploitation it conjures up a feeling of blood stained horror. To the revolutionaries it is a sacred phrase.
The aim of life is no more to control the mind, but to develop it harmoniously; not to achieve salvation here after, but to make the best use of it here below; and not to realise truth, beauty and good only in contemplation, but also in the actual experience of daily life; social progress depends not upon the ennoblement of the few but on the enrichment of democracy; universal brotherhood can be achieved only when there is an equality of opportunity – of opportunity in the social, political and individual life.
Revolution’ does not necessarily involve sanguinary strife nor is there any place in it for individual vendetta. It is not the cult of the bomb and the pistol. By ‘Revolution’ we mean that the present order of things, which is based on manifest injustice, must change.
Any man who stands for progress has to criticize, disbelieve and challenge every item of the old faith. Item by item he has to reason out every nook and corner of the prevailing faith. If after considerable reasoning one is led to believe in any theory or philosophy, his faith is welcomed. His reasoning can be mistaken, wrong, misled and sometimes fallacious. But he is liable to correction because reason is the guiding star of his life. But mere faith and blind faith is dangerous: it dulls the brain, and makes a man reactionary.
Revolution was the vital living force indicative of eternal conflict between life and death, the old and the new, light and the darkness
If the deaf are to hear the sound has to be very loud
The elimination of force at all costs is Utopian and the new movement which has arisen in the country and of whose dawn we have given a warning is inspired by the ideals which Guru Gobind Singh and Shivaji, Kamal Pasha and Reza Khan, Washington and Garibaldi, Lafayette and Lenin preached.
Man acts only when he is sure of the justness of his action, as we threw the bomb in the Legislative Assembly
For mass struggles, nonviolence is essential.
I am a man and all that affects mankind concerns me.
In times of great necessity, violence is indispensable.
The spirit of Revolution should always permeate the soul of humanity, so that the reactionary forces may not accumulate to check its eternal onward march
We become pitiable and ridiculous when we imbibe an unreasoned mysticism in our life without any natural or substantial basis. People like us, who are proud to be revolutionary in every sense, should always be prepared to bear all the difficulties, anxieties, pain and suffering which we invite upon ourselves by the struggles initiated by us and for which we call ourselves revolutionary.
Merciless criticism and independent thinking are the two necessary traits of revolutionary thinking.
Criticism and independent thinking are the two indispensable qualities of a revolutionary
I deny the very existence of that Almighty Supreme Being.
Philosophy is the outcome of human weakness or limitation of knowledge
For us, compromise never means surrender, but a step forward and some rest. That is all and nothing else.
The sanctity of law can be maintained only so long as it is the expression of the will of the people.
It is easy to kill individuals but you cannot kill the ideas.
The sword of revolution is sharpened on the whetting stone of ideas-bhagat singh in court during his trial, india’s struggle for freedom
The people generally get accustomed to the established order of things and begin to tremble at the very idea of a change. It is this lethargical spirit that needs be replaced by the revolutionary spirit.
Revolution did not necessarily involve sanguinary strife. It was not a cult of bomb and pistol.
Society must fight against this belief in God as it fought against idol worship and other narrow conceptions of religion. In this way man will try to stand on his feet. Being realistic, he will have to throw his faith aside and face all adversaries with courage and valour. That is exactly my state of mind.
Crush your individuality first. Shake off the dreams of personal comfort. Then start to work. Inch by inch you shall have to proceed. It needs courage, perseverance and very strong determination. No difficulties and no hardships shall discourage you. No failure and betrayals shall dishearten you. No travails (!) imposed upon you shall snuff out the revolutionary will in you. Through the ordeal of sufferings and sacrifice, you shall come out victorious. And these individual victories shall be the valuable assets of the revolution.
Force when aggressively applied is “violence” and is, therefore, morally unjustifiable, but when it is used in the furtherance of a legitimate cause, it has its moral justification. The elimination of force at all costs in Utopian.
Man’s duty is to try and endeavour, success depends upon chance and environments.
It is beyond the power of any man to make a revolution. Neither can it be brought about on any appointed date. It is brought about by special environments, social and economic. The function of an organised party is to utilise any such opportunity offered by these circumstances.
The man should either begin to think himself a rival of God or he may begin to believe himself to be God.
Every tiny molecule of Ash is in motion with my heat I am such a Lunatic that I am free even in Jail.
I emphasize that I am full of ambition and hope and of full charm of life. But I can renounce all at the time of need, and that is the real sacrifice.
They may kill me, but they cannot kill my ideas. They can crush my body, but they will not be able to crush my spirit.
Oppression “Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad.
Self-reliance is always liable to be interpreted as vanity. It is sad and miserable but there is no help.
Love always elevates the character of man. It never lowers him, provided love be love.
Life is lived on its own other’s shoulders are used only at the time of the funeral.
Revolution is an inalienable right of mankind. Freedom is an imperishable birth right of all. Labor is the real sustainer of society, the sovereignty of the ultimate destiny of the workers.
Rebellion against the king is always a sin according to every religion.
Lovers, Lunatics and poets are made of same stuff.
The dirty alliance between religious preachers and possessors of power brought the boon of prisons, gallows, knouts and above all such theories for the mankind.
If, as you believe there is an Almighty, Omnipresent, Omniscient God, who created the earth or universe, please let me know, first of all, as to why he created this world. This world which is full of woe and grief, and countless miseries, where not even one person lives in peace….Where is God? What is He doing? Is He getting a diseased pleasure out of it? A Nero! A Genghis Khan! Down with Him!
By Revolution, we mean the ultimate establishment of an order of society which may not be threatened by such breakdown, and in which the sovereignty of the proletariat should be recognized and a world federation should redeem humanity from the bondage of capitalism and misery of imperial wars.
Bhagat Singh Short Biography
Bhagat Singh was an Indian socialist revolutionary who became a folk hero of the Indian Independence Movement due to his two dramatic violent acts against the British in India and his execution at the young age of 23. Bhagat Singh was born on 28 September in 1907 in a Sikh family.
In December of 1928, Bhagat Singh along with his friend, Shivaram Rajguru, shot a 21-year-old British Police Officer named John Saunders in Lahore, British India.
They mistake John Saunders, who was on probation at that time, for the British Police Superintendent, James Scott, who they originally meant to assassinate. The reason behind this assassination was the death of another popular Indian nationalist leader, Lala Lajpat Rai.
They believed that James Scott was responsible for his death as he was injured during a lathi charge ordered by Scott and died of a heart attack, two weeks later.
Saunders was dead in a single shot by the marksmen Rajguru after which he was shot multiple times by Bhagat Singh as the post-mortem report showed eight bullet wounds.
Another friend of Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad, shot an Indian Police Officer, Charan Singh, who attempted to catch Bhagat Singh and Rajguru as they attempted to flee.
After escaping the crime scene, Bhagat Singh and Rajguru along with their other associates, using different names, publicly owned to avenging Lala Lajpat Rai’s death by putting up prepared posters that they altered to show that John Saunders was their original target.
This resulted in Bhagat Singh being on the run for many months to avoid conviction. He returned in 1929 by exploding two improvised bombs inside the Central Legislative Assembly in Delhi alongside his associate, Batukeshwar Dutt.
They showered leaflets on the legislators from the gallery, shouted slogans at them and then allowed the legislators to arrest them. The arrest along with the publicity to light Bhagat Singh’s complicity in John Saunders’s assassination.
While awaiting trial, he gained more public sympathy when he joined fellow defendant Jatin Das in a hunger strike, he was demanding better prison conditions for Indian prisoners.
This hunger strike ended with Jatin Das’s death in September 1929. Bhagat Singh was convicted and hanged till death on March 1931 at the age of 23.
Bhagat Singh became a famous folk hero after his death. In still later years, Singh, an atheist and socialist in life, won many admirers in India from a different political spectrum that included both Communists and right-wing Hindu nationalists.
Although many of Singh’s associates, as well as many Indian anti-colonial revolutionaries, were also engaged in daring acts and were executed and died violent deaths, few came to be lionized in popular art and literature to the same range as Bhagat Singh.