: Remembering Bhagat Singh: Ideas That Cant Be Killed #IndiaNEWSAll #Communalism Much has been spoken about the revolutionary life of Bhagat Singh. Be it in history books or movies, his revolutionary
Remembering Bhagat Singh: Ideas That Cant Be Killed #IndiaNEWSAll #Communalism
Much has been spoken about the revolutionary life of Bhagat Singh. Be it in history books or movies, his revolutionary actions which had trembled the British imperialists have been sufficiently presented and his martyrdom is rightly venerated. But what is seldom spoken about is his ideas which are clearly reflected in his writings, and which guided his actions that transformed him from a romantic revolutionary into a socialist.
In the current context when the attack on the toiling masses is intensifying with every passing day, one needs to study his writings more closely in the quest to achieve complete revolution in this country.
In recent times, when the scientific temper of educational institutions is under threat with the promotion of pseudo-sciences and non-sciences in the name of ancient Indian sciences and anti-people outlook, his article “Why I am an Atheist” has to be studied with the greatest attention.
He said: “It is necessary for every person who stands for progress to criticize every tenet of old beliefs. Item by item he has to challenge the efficacy of old faith. ”, and only after rigorous reasoning and analysis one should stand in favor of any philosophy or faith.
His thoughts stand staunchly against any kind of blind belief and he states that such practice deprives a man of his understanding power and makes him stand against progress of the society.
Bhagat Singh said, “The peasant who grows corn for all, starves with his family, the weaver who supplies the world market with textile fabrics, has not enough to cover his own and his children’s bodies, masons, smiths and carpenters who raise magnificent palaces, live like pariahs in the slums. ”
The above mentioned lines seem like a very recent picture of our society, but to the surprise they were loudly said by Bhagat Singh around 90 years back in court to the magistrate. These lines by Bhagat Singh clearly speak of the naked truth about our society which remains the same even after a century.
Bhagat Singh/ Image courtesy: Leftword
Bhagat Singh writes about the importance of participating in political activities by the youth and students of this country in one of his important writings ‘Students and Politics’. In the article he writes,
‘We understand that the main task of the students is to study, they should pay full attention towards it; but is it not a part of the education to gather knowledge regarding the situation that our country is in and develop the ability to think about measures to improve it? If not, we consider this education, which is only obtained to gain some clerical skills, of no use. What is the use of this kind of education?’
When India is going through a Brahminical Hindutva fascist regime of RSS-BJP with the increase in an onslaught on Dalits, Muslims, Adivasis and the working people, Bhagat Singh’s vision becomes more and more relevant.