Bhagat Singh was one of the most influential revolutionaries in our struggle for freedom. A man who condemned the treatment meted out to us under the British Raj and created a movement much larger than himself. Although, a lot of us may not agree with his violent philosophy, we cannot discount his great contributions towards the Independent lives we enjoy today! He was martyred on 23rd March, 1931 at the young age of just 23. It’s hard to believe that a man so young had the power and leadership qualities to unite the entire nation! And today, as his birthday closes in on the 28th of September, I thought of sharing some facts about him that not many of us would know. Check them out.
Loved performing arts
Hard to believe isn’t it? But the freedom fighter participated in a lot of extra-curricular activities in his college days. He was a lover of theatre and showed his passion for acting in a number of plays. Some of his best performances were observed in ‘Rana Pratap’, ‘Samrat Chandragupta’ and ‘Bharata-durdasha’.
Ran away from marriage
There’s a time in every individual’s life when parents begin to persuade you into getting married. Bhagat Singh’s case was no different. Although, while his parents were eager to arrange his marriage, he ran away from home leaving a note stating, “My life has been dedicated to the noblest cause, that of the freedom of the country. Therefore, there is no rest or worldly desire that can lure me now.”
Jalianwala Bagh memories
Right after the Jalianwala Bagh massacre took place, Bhagat Singh went straight to the scene of the crime and collected the blood stained mud in a small bottle to remember the innocent lives lost to this gruesome incident of suppression. He worshipped the bottle every day!
Influential writer and orator
It may come as a shock but he wasn’t only a violent figure in helping us achieve Independence. As he got involved in the great struggle for freedom, Bhagat Singh began writing articles in popular newspapers and magazines that reached many. Not only that, he was also quite popular and well-known for his moving speeches that impacted many lives.
During his court trial after the Central Assembly Hall attack, he did not plead innocent or defend his stand in any which way. He looked at the trial as an opportunity to further stir up the issue of the Indian freedom movement. This re-instated the spirit of Independence even more.
I hope you liked these lesser known facts about Bhagat Singh. How many did you know? Do tell me in the comments section below! Jai Hind!