This morning, I saw this photo pinned to the cubicle of a colleague. Curiosity overcoming the better of me, I asked him if the person in the picture was Bhagat Singh. My colleague replied in the affirmative, and being a native of Punjab, said in a fit of patriotism that today marked the 75th anniversary of the martyrdom of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.All I knew about Bhagat Singh was that he tried bombing an assembly of something, and failed and was caught and put to death. I confess that I was in the wrong, as these articles from Wikipedia
and Kamat’s Potpourri
would prove. Also, I didn’t know that Rang de Basanti has a strong link to the revolutionary sardar.
An interesting sidelight
The article on Kamat’s Potpourri has the following lines, which I found very relevant to today’s burning(?) issue.
Instead of finding the root cause for discontent of Indians, the British government took to more repressive measures. Under the Defense of India Act, it gave more power to the police to arrest persons to stop processions with suspicious movements and actions. The act brought in the council was defeated by one vote. Even then it was to be passed in the form of an ordinance in the “interest of the public.”
Petty politicians never change, huh?
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