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Bhagat Singh In Jallianwala Bagh

Published: Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 17:33 [IST]

Bhagat Singh In Jallianwala Bagh

On April 13, 1919, Bhagat Singh went to his school as usual unaware of the most tragic event that would trigger his fight for freedom.

When young Bhagat Singh, just 11 at the time heard about the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, he ran on his bare foot to witness the tragic event. The blood soaked maidan and the echo of cry was tight packed in his heart for years to come. Although the tragic scene was too much for the child to bear, he sat down on the ground and filled a bottle with the blood soaked mud. One of the historic reports state that the sight made him wail miserably.

Bhagat Singh, then carried the bottle to his house with misty eyes and placed it in the mid of the room. Then he sat down as if he was performing a ritualistic pooja. His younger sister watched his act with great surprise and asked, "What are you doing with that bottle filled with red mud." He answered with grief and anger, "This is the pure blood of great freedom fighters killed by the British. I am paying my last tribute to them who fought to make my India a free land".

After few years Bhagat Singh plunged into the battlefield to free his country. On 23rd March, 1931, he was hanged to death by the British, with his companions Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar for shooting a police officer in response to the killing of veteran freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai.

However, death didn't seem to scare him as history states that before giving his extraordinary life to the mere rope, he kissed it with great pride and with a curved smile he cried out for the last time Bharat Mata and breathed his last. His death made several youngsters in North India to fight for a free land with great vigor. He was not successful in winning the war but he did start one. A war of revolution

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