//Bhagat Singh's 75 th Martyrdom Day Celebration

Bhagat Singh's 75 th Martyrdom Day Celebration

22, 23 March 2006  
Ambedkar Bhawan, Rani Jhansi Road  
New Delhi – 110055 

Remembering Shaheed Bhagat Singh  
 
Shaheed Bhagat Singh

"They think by destroying my body they will be safe in the country. This is  their misunderstanding. They can kill me, but they cannot kill my ideas.  They can smash my body, but they cannot suppress my aspirations. My ideas  will haunt the British, like a crush, till they are forced to run away from  here. "  

This was the firm conviction of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, one of the  legendry figures of the Indian freedom struggle. Bhagat Singh, along with Rajguru and Sukhdev, were hanged by the British  imperialists on 23rd March, 1931. The brutal killing of these   revolutionaries created immense anger among the people of the country in  general, and the youths in particular. Hundreds of militant protest  demonstrations sprang up spontaneously throughout the country, especially in  Calcutta, Bombay, Madras, Karachi along with other cities and towns.

During  Calcutta protest, violent encounters took place between the British Armed  Forces and the people of the city, in which 141 people were killed and 586 injured and 341arrested. Bhagat Singh’s favourite slogan Inquilab Zindabad,  Long Live Revolution, started reverberating throughout the country and millions of peasants, workers and youth and students came on the streets  rebelling against the tyrannical regime of the British colonialists. These  protests culminated into the second phase of Civil Disobedience Movement and  later on the Quit-India Movement. And, just after 16 years of the martyrdom  of Bhagat Singh and his comrades, the British occupiers had to run away from  the country.  

But, the ouster of the Britishers was not the only and ultimate goal of  Bhagat Singh and his comrades. Their ultimate aim was to march towards a  classless society through building socialism. They wanted to end the  exploitation of man by man and of a nation by another nation. Their fight  was directed not only against the British imperialism, but also against the world imperialist and capitalist system as a whole.  So, Bhagat Singh had warned the Indian people that simply replacing the   British rule by the native rule will do no good to the Indian people in  general. This prophecy of Bhagat Singh also proved to be correct when we  examine the socio-economic and political development of the country since  1947 onward.  

The other socio-political issues which, Shaheed Bhagat Singh sought to fight  vigorously are mysticism, religious fanaticism and communalism, and  casteism. Likewise, he also noted "untouchability" as one of the key  problems of Indian society.

He severely criticised the brahminical concept  of caste hierarchy and oppression of the "achhutes" by the so-called upper-caste. He called upon all the untouchables to unite and organise  
themselves to challenge the oppressive social system. He regarded them as  the "real proletariat" of the country and called upon them to prepare  themselves for "social, political and economic revolution."  

We must celebrate the 75th anniversary of the great martyrdom of Bhagat  Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev with all enthusiasm and fervour. This is the time  to widely propagate their revolutionary ideals to drive out the imperialists  and their agents from the seats of power in our society.

Let us take the  battle forward to liberate our country from the clutches of imperialists and  all the reactionary ideas and forces that are hindering the advancement of  our society.  Under this prevailing situation of imperialist penetration, exploitation, and eroding sovereignty of the country, and communal suppression and caste oppression, the concepts of Bhagat Singh seem more relevant than ever. One  must hold high the banner of "Inquilab Zindabad" in each and every action of the people of our country.  
 
Programme  
22 March 2006  
Ambedkar Bhawan, Rani Jhansi Road  
New Delhi-110 055   
 
First Session: 3 P.M.  

Inaugural Address: Prof. Jagmohan Singh, from Bhagat Singh’s family  

Yuva Samagam – Convergence of Fighting Youth of India  
"Indian National Movement: What Happened to those Anti-Imperialist Ideals? What is to be Done?"  
Discussion Among the Youth Organizations and Individuals.  
 
Second Session:  5 P.M.  
Interjection: A Meeting of the People’s Organizations  
 
Third Session: 7 P.M. onwards  
Remembering Shaheed Bhagat Singh: Cultural Convergence  
 
23 March  
 
First Session: 9 A.M.  
The Role of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Ram Manohar Lohia in the Indian  
National Movement.  
 
Second Session: 11 A.M.  
Towards A United Anti-Imperialist Movement in India  
Aspirations, Reflections, Plans and Perspectives  
 
Lunch: 2 P.M. to 3 P.M.  
 
Third Session:   3 P.M. onwards  
‘Shaheed-e-Aazam’  
Poetry Recitation  And  
Plays, Patriotic Songs and other Cultural Presentaions till Midnight  
 
Gaddar, Revolutionary people’s Singer, Bali Singh Cheema, Virendra Dangwal,  
Dr. Swaraj Singh Bechain, Disha Natya Manch, Haryana, Nishant Natya Manch,  
Vikalp Sanskritk Manch, Delhi.  
 
Participating Organisations   
(in alphabetical order)  
 
Aazadi Bhachao Andolan  
Adivasi Mukti Sanghatan (AMS)  
All India Federation of Trade Union (AIFTU)  
Bhoomiheen Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, UP  
Dalit Jagruti Mission  
Disha Natya Manch, Haryana  
Gatividhi, Delhi  
Hind Majdur Sabha (HMS)  
Jan Mukti Morcha, UP  
Jan Sangharsh Manch (RDF), Delhi  
Janadhikar Suraksha Samiti , Bareily  
Kisan Sangharsh Samiti  
Maitri Study Circle  
Nari Jagruti Manch  
Nari Mukti Sangh, Delhi  
National Platform of People’s Movements (NAPM)  
People’s Front  
Poorvanchal Sanskritik Manch, UP  
Rastra Nirman Kendra  
Rastra Nirman Morcha  
Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF)  
Samajvadi Janaparishad (SJP)  
Samajvadi Vichar Manch  
Sarokar, Delhi  
Sarvaseva Sangh  
Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chetana Manch, Aligarh  
Uttarakand Lok Vahini  
Vidyarthi Yuvajana Sabha (VYS)  
Yuva Bharat  
 
Participating Individuals   
Sivakumar Mishra, Freedom fighter  
Sawal Ram Bharati, Freedom Fighter  
Prof. Jagmohan Singh  
Amarnath Bhai  
Gaddar  
Kuldip Nayar  
Braj Mohan Toofan  
Dr. Banwarilal Sharma  
Surendra Mohan  
Medha Patkar  
Shamsher Singh Bisht  
Dr. B.D. Sharma  
Dr. Prem Singh  
Gautam Navlakha  
Dr. Rakesh Rafiq  
G.N. Saibaba  
Dr. Tej Singh, Delhi University  
Anan
d Teltumbde, Mumbai  
Prof. Bhanudas, Bangalore  
Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty  
Prof. S.N.H. Jafri  
Anand Swaroop Verma  
Anil Nauria  
Ashok, Aligarh  
Anjani, Delhi  
Ajit Jha  
A. Bhoomaiah, Andhra Pradesh  
C P Sharma, BKSS, UP  
Dr. Meenakshi Sakhi, UP  
Dr. Rizwan Qaizer  
Dr. Shamsul Islam  
Dr. Sunilam, Madhya Pradesh  
Dr. Unus Mohamad  
Dvijendra Kaliya  
Haribhajan Singh Sidhu  
Javed Abdul Wajid, Bareily, UP  
Malati  
Nirmal Sharma  
PK Shahi  
Prof. Zahoor Siddhiqi  
Putul  
Raghuvir Kapoor  
Rakesh Kumar  
Sunil, Delhi  
Vijay Bhai, Sendhwa  
  
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