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 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 believed to be the police officer responsible for ordering the lathi charge that resulted in fatal injuries to Lala Lajpat Rai. 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 Lahore Jail. It is said that when he marched to the gallows, he had a smile on his face and displayed 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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