An excerpt from Revolutionary Passions shows that Bhagat Singh – who the Hindu Right tends to project as an antidote to the Congress and Gandhi – not only had close relations with Congress leaders, but was also critical of Hinduism.
‘India Dissents’, edited by Ashok Vajpeyi, leaves you with thoughts that make you understand the value of Indian citizenship.
Disha, whose posters were used as visuals in a Republic TV news piece covering pro-ISIS slogans in DU has demanded an apology for the defamation.
The student leader played a key role in establishing the way JNU students actively organise movements across the country addressing issues of Dalits, women, labourers and students.
At IIT Gandhinagar, Dalit artist-activist Shambhaji Bhagat and his troupe sang songs of protest, turning performance into resistance.
Although it is his role as a freedom fighter which is often discussed, Vidyarthi’s concern for communal harmony, an issue he repeatedly took up in his newspaper, must also be remembered.
‘The sword of revolution is sharpened on the whetting-stone of ideas,’ Bhagat Singh once said. And he proved that with the few masterpieces his brief but legendary life allowed him to pen.
Had the movement been launched, it would have strengthened the wider unity of the party and the revolutionaries, and inspired thousands of people to join the freedom struggle.
The Indian revolutionary, who coined the slogan ‘Inquilab Zindabad’, demanded that the British send a military detachment to execute him by firing squad; the Hindu nationalist promised to give up the fight for freedom if released – and kept his word.
A quotation supposedly culled from a speech by Thomas Babington Macaulay is a staple of social media forwards and has even been quoted by senior Indian politicians. But is it authentic?
The relationship between the Congress and the revolutionaries during the freedom movement was a lot more supportive than it is commonly believed to be.
Gokhale being too rational and far-sighted did not arouse those deep, compelling, and divisive passions essential to mobilise people and to keep narrow versions of nationalism alive.
It is ironic that the demand to ban the book comes from those whose ideology was far from anti-colonial, or in sympathy with establishing a secular democratic nation, the kind of nation that Bhagat Singh was working towards.
Manufactured Anger on Bhagat Singh ‘Revolutionary Terrorist’ Tag is Cover for Sangh’s No Show in Freedom Struggle
If the word terror carries with it a negative connotation today, it is thoughtless to assume that it has always been so, or that it has always carried the same meaning as in present times.
A group of historians, academics and artists has issued a statement on why the controversy over references in a history book to Bhagat Singh and other freedom fighters as ‘revolutionary terrorists’ is nothing to get upset about.
How do we explain Bhagat Singh’s prominence over his fellow martyrs, such as Chandrashekhar Azad? His hat portrait, and the extraordinary campaign around it, holds some of the answers to this enduring question.
The measure of the writer is the terror she inspires in the ceremonial orders of power.
In our contemporary age of instant polling and surfing headlines, there is a great need to be responsible about the first impression that headlines create.
Bhagat Singh remained an atheist and a progressive till the very end, seeing his struggle as a way of removing inequalities and injustices
In his quiet, poised manner (quite unlike his passionate public speeches), he talked about his inspirations, the future of left and democratic politics, and the movement in JNU.
Fake letters and politically motivated claims cannot change the fact that Bose and Nehru had great admiration for each other.
In its desperate search for historical icons of its own, the BJP doesn’t mind casting aside the memory of the most revered Indian martyr.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the pan-continental attempts by Indian revolutionaries to launch an armed revolt against the British.