Basanti

86 years ago in 1931, on this day at 7:30pm, the British empire hanged Bhagat Singh, Shivram Hari Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar. They were aged 22-23. They were cremated at the bank of Sutlej river and the ashes thrown in it. These young revolutionaries sacrificed their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. They were convicted of killing J P Saunders in retaliation of the martyrdom of veteran leader Lala Lajpat Rai. Bhagat Singh was 14 when he visited the site of Jalianwalah bagh, days after the massacre. It left a deep impression on his mind. The sheer brutality of the massacre turned these youngsters into revolutionaries.

Even in jail, he was fearless. They demanded human conditions and access to newspapers and library. Jatindra Das died following a hunger strike of 63 days against the inhuman condition of jail. Bhagat Singh fasted for 116 days in jail.

Their fearlessness is exemplified in that they did not apologize or file a review against the sentence. They preferred death over gulaami.

Salute to these veers. 

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