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Shaheed Diwas 2023: Quotes by Bhagat Singh that Make Him a Legend

Shaheed Diwas 2023: 10 Motivational quotes by him that will give you clarity in life


Shaheed Diwas 2023: Every year Shaheed Diwas is observed on March 23 to commemorate the sacrifice made by the three freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar. We are celebrating Shaheed Diwas 2023 today. Notably, on this day, 88 years ago, three brave, inspirational men were hanged by the British government. Their sacrifice is still fresh in the hearts of Indians. Amongst them, Bhagat Singh stood out for his bravery, clarity of thought and exceptional patriotism.

Family Background

His family had developed a value system in which as per his great-grandfather Sardar Fateh Singh, the principle should have precedence over the property. His property was confiscated due to participation in the wars to defend the independence of Punjab against aggression by British East India Company rulers. In 1857 he was offered to get this land back along with an award of more for helping the company rulers. ‘The other feudal lords had agreed to help the company against Indian freedom fighters.

He publicly declared that when his ancestors choose to follow Guru Gobind Singh, the lesson he learnt was to stand with the people fighting for their rights and going against them is treason to their Guru. So in the choice between principle and property, the principle was to get precedence.

This advice was chosen by the grandfather Sardar Arjan Singh and followed more dedicatedly by his sons Sardar Kishan Singh, Ajit Singh and Swaran Singh. Incidentally, the other brother of Arjan Singh namely Surjan Singh chose property over principle and became a staunch supporter of British Rulers.

Sardar Arjan Singh also provided a harmonious cultural environment in the home. He was a great scholar of Sri Granth sahib and was a Unanni Hakim to help the needy. But he chose Arya Samaj against Singh sabha. The latter was started by the Sikh feudal lords who had the patronage of the British Governor as an antidote to Kuka patriotism. Whereas Arya samaj declared that one’s liberty is linked with the liberty of everyone in society. So helping the people affected by famines or earthquakes, the removal of untouchability was not only preached but was practised. This provided a rational look to Bhagat Singh.

The home culture was further enriched by sufi culture due to Mrs Harnam Kaur, wife of Sardar Ajit Singh, who belonged to Kasur the seat of the teachings of Baba Bule Shah. Thus the home was a unique centre of the composite culture of Punjab.

There was a oneness of practice and preaching in the house. Humanism and empathy for the working people were spontaneous. Bhagat Singh’s bringing up under the guidance of his grandfather trained him in critical thinking. There was full awareness of the political environment in the house and political activities were regularly part of the discussion. This provided an incentive to Bhagat Singh to keep a close watch on the political activities taking place around them. He imbibed independence of action in early life.

On Shaheed Diwas 2023, let us look at some motivational quotes by Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

  1. He explained what revolutionary thinking is

“Merciless Criticism and independent thinking are the two revolutionary thinking.”

  1. Bhagat Singh’s explanation of love is on point 

“Love always elevates the character of a man. It never lowers him, provided love be love.”

  1. He also talked about ‘The Real Sacrifice’

“I emphasize that I am full of ambition and hope and full charm of life. But I can renounce all at a time of need, and that is the real sacrifice.”

  1. Bhagat Singh’s thought on freedom and revolution

Revolution is an inalienable right of mankind. Freedom is an imperishable birthright of all.”

  1. What should be the aim of life?

“The aim of life is no more to control the mind, but to develop harmoniously, not to achieve salvation here after, but to make the best use of it here below.”

  1. Forming opinions is important

“Any man who stands for progress has to criticize, disbelieve and challenge every item of the old faith.”

  1. Definition of Rebellion

“A rebellion is not a revolution. It may ultimately lead to that end.”

  1. Ideas cannot be killed

“By crushing individuals they cannot kill ideas.”

  1. It is all about internal peace

“Every tiny molecule of Ash is in motion with my heat. I am such a lunatic that I am free even in Jail

  1. Being a Man what you should do

I am a man and all that concerns mankind affects me.”

On April 8, 1929, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev tried to bomb the Central Legislative Assembly but they were caught. As a result, all three were sentenced to death. On 23rd March 1931, they were executed at the age of 23, 24, and 22 respectively.

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Ayushi Mittal

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