Nation Pays Tribute To Shaheed Bhagat Singh On 111th Birth Anniversary

| September 28 , 2018 , 09:12 IST

One of the most famous revolutionaries of the Indian independence, Shaheed Bhagat Singh is a name famous even years after his death, and his 111th birth anniversary on Friday is an occasion to remember the brave Indian nationalist.

Bhagat Singh was born in September 1907 to a Sikh family in the Lyallpur district of the Punjab Province of British India (present Pakistan). His family had earlier involved in revolutionary activities against the British rule in the country.

When Singh was only 12 years old, he bunked school to visit the site of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre just hours after thousands of unarmed people had been killed.

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Bhagat Singh never liked Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence. After the 1922 Chauri Chaura incident, Singh joined the Young Revolutionary Movement and began to advocate for the violent overthrow of the British Government in India. Singh was arrested on the wrong excuse that he got involved in a bombing when the British police got aware of Singh's influence on youth.

During his stay in prison, Bhagat Singh coined the word "political prisoner". In jail, he demanded that he and his friends be given basic facilities that other prisoners in the jail were entitled to. Singh was hanged an hour ahead of the official time on March 23, 1931.

On the occasion of Shaheed Bhagat Singh's birth anniversary, tributes to the great revolutionary poured in on Twitter.