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
Criticism and independent thinking are the two indispensable qualities of a revolutionary
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.
Love always elevates the character of man. It never lowers him, provided love be love.
In times of great necessity, violence is indispensable.
If the deaf are to hear the sound has to be very loud
…by crushing individuals, they cannot kill ideas.
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
The sanctity of law can be maintained only so long as it is the expression of the will of the people.
Philosophy is the outcome of human weakness or limitation of knowledge
Oppression “Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad.
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.