It is 84 years since the martyrdom of Sardar Bhagat Singh.
My grandfather used to tell me the story of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, when I just started going to school. Then came the movie(s) in 2002. Before that, I had seen Shammi Kapoor’s Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Manoj Kumar’s Shaheed.
I visited Trimurti Bhavan in 2002. Pandit Nehru had written that at one time, Bhagat Singh’s popularity rivaled that of Mahatma Gandhi. Perhaps, was even more. From what Chacha Nehru wrote, it is obvious that he was in awe of this youngster who had no fear in his eyes and to whom, the nation listened with rapt attention.
One day, in 2003, Baba brought a book ‘Mee nastik kaa aahe’. It was a Marathi translation of ‘Why am I an atheist?’ It was a small booklet. I read it from cover to cover and I was rattled. Is there really no God? I was compelled to think over it.
When I had more access to internet in college, I used to visit sites hosting more of Bhagat Singh’s literature. As I started reading more, at nearly the same age when he had wrote it, I marvelled at the maturity a teenager had. I used to carry his photograph in my wallet to inspire me.
On 23rd March 2010, I wrote a post on him on my VOX blog, which I had started 18 March 2010. The images used here are the very same images I put in the post.
At 23, I did not want to grow up anymore. How can I be older than my idol, my mentor?
5 years since that, here I am. Trying to be like him, trying to put my life after 23 to good use, hopefully in a way that will benefit our nation in some way.
As a tribute to the Shaheed-e-azam and his Comrades, here is a song from The Legend of Bhagat Singh.