Do you really know Bhagat Singh?

Do you really know Bhagat Singh – the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement? Let’s see:

1. The bombs Bhagat Singh and his associates threw in the Central Assembly in Delhi were made from low grade explosives. They were lobbed away from people in the corridors of the building and were meant only to startle and not harm.

2. He coined the phrase ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ that became the slogan of the India’s armed freedom struggle.

3. When he was kid, often spoke of “Growing guns in the fields” so that he could fight the British government for freedom.

4. At the age of 12, right after the Jalianwala Bagh incident, Bhagat Singh bunked school and went straight to the place of the tragedy. He collected a bottle of mud wet with blood of Indians and worship the bottle every day.

5. He underwent 116-day hunger strike which ended on ‘October 5, 1929’

6. He was fluent in many languages

  • Could speak and write all these fluently – Hindi, English, Arabic, Punjabi
  • Could speak and write One or Two out of these – Polish, French and Swedish

7. Bhagat Singh was a brilliant actor and he appeared in various plays in his college as Rana Pratap, Samrat Chandragupta, and Bharata durdesha.

8. He was 23 years of age when he was hanged.

9. Singh was hanged an hour ahead of the official time when the death sentence was to be commuted

10. Singh said: “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.” This was to be quoted many times over by revolutionaries after Singh’s death.

Source: Various Internet websites which I rad over a period of time such as wikipedia  and others.


Hemant Virmani



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