By Dinesh Verma - March 23, 2023
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When is ‘Martyr’s Day’ celebrated? 30 January – on the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Most of the people know only this ‘Martyr’s Day’.
But in memory of the martyrdom of Rajguru, Sukhdev and Bhagat Singh for the country, ‘Martyr’s Day’, today i.e. ‘March 23’ is also celebrated. Today we will learn the lessons of our part.
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March 23, 1931 – Summer begins in undivided India – The outskirts of the historic city of Lahore, along the Ravi River, one of the many links between present-day India and Pakistan. The ‘Central Jail of Lahore’ was built in 1841 during the tenure of the then Governor of Punjab, Robert Montgomery and hence known as ‘Montgomery’ Jail.
Monday, evening time, the sun was setting. The news that Bhagat Singh and his comrades were going to be hanged on March 24 had spread in the streets and lanes of Lahore, which were full of activity throughout the day. Time ticked by in the Lahore Central Jail with the clock ticking. Three pairs of fearless eyes, ready to be martyrs, twenty three/twenty four year old boys. And then slogans of ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ and ‘Down with British Imperialism’, and a few breathless pauses. This was not the end. It was the beginning of the end of British imperialism in India.
The events of March 23, 1931 in the Lahore Central Jail were to shock and disbelief among Indians. In view of the opposition of the people, the British government hanged the revolutionaries a day before the scheduled day, disregarding legal and human traditions. Their dead bodies were not handed over to their families, but secretly cremated on the banks of the Sutlej and then the ashes were thrown into the river.
The front page of the Tribune newspaper on the day Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were hanged.
The fight fought against oppression by the immortal martyrs inspired millions of Indians to join the movement for independence. His selfless sacrifice and courage is an inspiration to all of us, Especially for those who are preparing for competitive exams and pursuing their professional career.
His life teaches us many important lessons which can help us in our academic and professional pursuits.
5 big lessons from the life of immortal martyrs
1) Power of character
When Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt threw bombs at the Central Legislative Assembly on April 8, 1929, they did not run away, but stood tall. He said that we want to open the closed ears and give the message of revolution. It takes courage to do this. After their arrest, both were sentenced to ‘Transportation for Life’.
Lesson – Strength of character frees us from fear. Do not indulge in corruption and fraud in your career under any pressure.
2) Reading habits of Bhagat Singh
23-year-old revolutionary Bhagat Singh was very fond of reading literature. Shiv Verma, who was with him in Lahore jail, says that ‘Despite having a soft corner towards socialism, his favorite authors were Dickens, Upton Sinclair, Hall Kane, Victor Hugo, Gorky, Stepnik, Oscar Wilde and Leonard Andrew. Perhaps because of his studies, his thoughts were so revolutionary and mature that at the age of 23, he used to tell his family members that I have married freedom (of the country).
Lesson – read a lot. Read different types of general books. Feed your mind. Don’t stop
3) Leadership skills of Sukhdev
Sukhdev was known for his leadership skills and was instrumental in organizing and mobilizing people for various social and political causes. He was also a gifted speaker and was able to inspire people with his speeches. Saying that he was the brain behind the conspiracy that shook the British Empire! Sukhdev’s name figures first in the FIR of the Lahore conspiracy case. Bhagat Singh was at 12th position in the list of 25 accused, while Rajguru was at 20th position! In fact, Sukhdev was the main accused in the Lahore Conspiracy Case of 1930, titled ‘Crown v. Sukhdev and others’!
Lesson – Take full responsibility for your actions. Don’t be afraid
4) Rajguru’s hold on languages and other skills
Rajguru was born as Shivaram Hari Rajguru in Khed near Pune. He was a freedom fighter as well as a scholar. He received his primary education in Khed and later studied at the New English High School in Pune. He was proficient in various subjects including Sanskrit, Marathi and English. He was a skilled shooter. He was also known as the ‘Gunman of Bhagat Singh’s party’.
Lesson – Invest continuously in your skills and knowledge.
5) Critical thinking and innovation (Always innovate)
Rajguru, Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev were important thinkers and innovators who challenged conventional wisdom and came up with new ideas and strategies. He was not afraid to question authority, challenge the status quo and take bold steps. His ability to think creatively and innovate played a key role in his success. Bhagat Singh did not believe in organized religion.
Lessons: These lessons are especially relevant for professionals facing a rapidly changing business environment, as they remind us that critical thinking, innovation and adaptability, education, and reading habits are essential for success in the modern workplace. There are skills.
Today’s career funda recognizes that success is not just about personal achievement, but also about serving others and making a positive impact on the world.
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