Shaheed Bhagat Singh Smarak inaugurated in New Delhi

Shaheed Bhagat Singh Smarak was inaugurated in New Delhi by Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on March 23, 2021.

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Education minister also paid homage to Bhagat Singh in the chamber located in basement of Viceregal Lodge of Delhi University. Bhagat Singh was imprisoned in this chamber. To commemorate the 90 years of martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, the university has organised a programme. On the occasion, an existing collection of books on freedom fighters which has been converted into “Shaheed Smriti Pustakalaya” was also made available for the students and teachers of Delhi university. Bhagat Singh Smarak will remain open for the students and university community to instil the values of freedom and sacrifice.

Bhagat Singh

He was an Indian socialist revolutionary and folk hero of India’s Independence movement following his two acts of dramatic violence against the British and his execution at age 23. Bhagat Singh and his associate Shivaram Rajguru had shot a British police officer, John Saunders in December 1928. Following this, Bhagat Singh (aged 23) was convicted and hanged on March 23, 1931.

Background

Bhagat Singh was a Sandhu Jat. He was born in 1907 in Punjab Province of British India. On his birth, his father Kishan Singh and two uncle, Ajit Singh & Swaran Singh, were released from jail. His father and uncles were members of Ghadar Party which was led by Kartar Singh Sarabha and Har Dayal.

Shivaram Hari Rajguru

He was an Indian revolutionary from Maharashtra. He was known for his involvement in assassination of a British Raj police officer. He was hanged on March 23, 1931 by British government along with Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev Thapar.

Sukhdev Thapar

The Indian revolutionary was a senior member of Hindustan Socialist Republican Association. He participated in several actions with Bhagat Singh and Shivaram Rajguru. Sukhdev was hanged on March 23, 1931 at the age of 23 along with Bhagat Singh and Rajguru in the assassination case.

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