Today is the day when exactly 87 years ago, Bhagat Singh, along with Sukhdev Thapar and Rajguru, attained martyrdom for his nation. On the morning of 23rd March, 1931, they were hanged till death by the British, shouting for one last time their favorite cry, “Down with British imperialism”.
The state of our nation today makes me wonder what they might be feeling if they were watching over from the heaven above! Have we really played our part well? Have we respected their martyrdom? Have we done what they wanted us to? They fought for the nation, they fought for their motherland, they gave us freedom, made us independent to take our own decisions, and have our own rights.
What Did We Do?
Bhagat Singh was just 23 years of age when he attained martyrdom for his motherland. And today, all the 23 year olds are busy dying for a girl, or are indulged in some kind of alcohol which is destroying their life. The 23 year olds today aren’t good enough to pay respect even to their own parents, leave aside their nation. They don’t give a damn about their nation. It doesn’t worry them what their nation is going through. It doesn’t matter to them how corrupt their nation is. Rather, it doesn’t affect anyone how corrupt our officials are. It only matters to us, when we are at the receiving end.
Until it is happening to someone else, it’s fine. Why? Had Bhagat Singh thought the same, we wouldn’t have been in the state we are in. We wouldn’t have been independent. If you cannot stand against corruption, you don’t deserve to be born in the nation where Bhagat Singh once lived. He left his family at a tender age, and was hanged till death at the age of 23. This is the same age when most of you are dying for your love. Most of you are not 1% as great as him. Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and asked, “Do I deserve this freedom”? “Do I deserve to breathe the same air that Bhagat Singh once breathed”?
If not, do it once. And I am sure, the answer will be NO! Because, you don’t. There hardly might be someone who deserves it, but most don’t. Because for you, corruption is a way to earn a living. It is just a job like any other. None of you have the guts to stand against the wrong. But when something wrong happens, all you courageous people come out with candles in your hands, holding protests throughout the nation, asking for justice. Where does this courage gets lost when something wrong is happening in front of your eyes? Why don’t you speak then? Why don’t you stop it there and then? It is easy to come out in groups holding a candle, but it makes no difference. Just one man is enough to make a difference if one has the courage to do so, and one really wants to do it. If you just want to show the people that you care, keep going. It will never bring a change. Because you do it one day, and forget it the next. Have you changed for the better? Have you done something worthwhile on the personal front? No! Most of you haven’t. And most of you never will.
Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh!
Bhagat Singh, the man who died for his nation, received the title of “Shaheed” in the year 2012. Before that, the government had declared him a terrorist. For the nationalists like Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh was a terrorist. Just because he had fought against the British Army, he was declared a terrorist.
Is this what we have given to one of the greatest Freedom Fighter our nation has ever had?