Bhagat Singh was a revolutionary freedom fighter whose two dramatic acts of violence against the British Empire in India and the execution on March 23, 1931, at the age of 23, made him a hero and inspired the entire nation to fight for Liberty.
Bhagat Singh was born on September 28, 1907 in Punjab province, now in Pakistan. Unlike those who led the freedom movement at the time, Singh’s fight against the British was different in that he rejected Mahatma Gandhi’s “non-violence” approach for a more direct and severe approach.
He was accompanied mainly in his revolutionary activities by his confidants Rajguru and Sukhdev and was often led by Chandra Sekhar Azad. He coined the term “Inquilaab Zindabad” (long live revolution), which eventually became the main slogan of India’s fight for freedom.
March 23 is known as Shaheed Diwas to honour the sacrifice made by the three freedom fighters, Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar, for their contribution to India’s independence from British colonial rule.
Over the years, the writings of Bhagat Singh have inspired and influenced many Indians to fight for what is right. His powerful words are still surprisingly popular today. If you don’t know him, read up, but here are 10 powerful quotes from Bhagat Singh that explain the drive and motivation behind his struggle for freedom:
1) “Merciless criticism and independent thinking are the two necessary traits of revolutionary thinking.”
2) “Love always elevate the character of man. It never lowers him, provided love be love.”
3) “I am a man and all that affects mankind concerns me.”
4) “Philosophy is the outcome of human weakness or limitation of knowledge.”
5) “But man’s duty is to try and endeavour, success depends upon chance and environments.”
6) “The day we find a great number of men and women with this psychology who cannot devote themselves to anything else than the service of mankind and emancipation of the suffering humanity; that day shall inaugurate the era of liberty.”
7) “Every tiny molecule of Ash is in motion with my heat I am such a Lunatic that I am free even in Jail.”
8) “The sword of revolution is sharpened on the whetting stone of ideas.”
9) “I deny the very existence of that Almighty Supreme Being.”
10) “Lovers, Lunatics and poets are made of same stuff.