27 SEPTEMBER BHAGAT SINGH (1907 to 1931)
Bhagat Singh was born on 27 September 1907 in the Lyallpur district of Punjab in British India. Popularly referred to as Shaheed-e-Azam, he is hailed as one of India’s bravest freedom fighters. His anger against the Imperialist rule prompted him to join the freedom struggle at a young age. The slogan Inquilab Zindabad was popularized by Bhagat Singh through his speeches and writings. Bhagat Singh, along with Rajguru and Sukhdev were the men behind the assassination of Colonel J P Saunders, whom they thought was the police officer who had ordered the lathi charge in which Lala Lajpat Rai had sustained fatal injuries. They were imprisoned by the British for this act, and finally, on 23 March 1931, Bhagat Singh and his associates were hanged to death in the Lahore Jail. It is said that when he marched to the gallows, he had a smile on his face and showed one last act of defiance by shouting the words, “Down with British imperialism.” On his birth anniversary, we remember this great martyr for his spirit of self-sacrifice, courage, and patriotism.
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