On March 23, 1931, Bhagat Singh along with his associates Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru were hanged to death for the assassination of 21-year-old British police officer John Saunders. Today is the 88th death anniversary of the freedom fighters. In April, 1929, Shaheed-E-Azam and his associate Batukeshwar Dutt, exploded two improvised bombs inside the Central Legislative Assembly in Delhi. They showered leaflets from the gallery on the legislators below, shouted slogans, and then allowed the authorities to arrest them. Shaheedi Diwas 2019: Bhagat Singh's Appropriation by Socio-Political Right — Blunder of History?
In the jail, Bhagat Singh and his associates went on a hunger strike, demanding better prison conditions for Indian prisoners. The strike was called off after the death of Das. Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were hanged to death 11 hours before the scheduled time for Saunder's murder case. Shaheedi Diwas 2019: Remembering Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhdev on Martyrs Day.
On the occasion of 88th anniversary of the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, top politicians and celebrities paid tribute to the freedom fighters. PM Modi Tweeted, “I bow to Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on their martyrdom day. The tale of their courage and valour will continue to inspire generations."
आजादी के अमर सेनानी वीर भगत सिंह, सुखदेव और राजगुरु को शहीद दिवस पर शत-शत नमन। भारत माता के इन पराक्रमी सपूतों के त्याग, संघर्ष और आदर्श की कहानी इस देश को हमेशा प्रेरित करती रहेगी। जय हिंद! pic.twitter.com/IpdJqjhR9q
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 23, 2019
On Martyrs Day, Union Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted, “Remembering the indomitable courage & supreme sacrifice of #BhagatSingh #Sukhdev #Rajguru.”
— Chowkidar Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) March 23, 2019
Congress president Rahul Gandhi also paid tributes to Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.
भगत सिंह, सुखदेव, राजगुरु, सिर्फ़ नाम नहीं हैं; हमारे रगों में दौड़ता क्रांति का एक जज़्बा हैं।
उनका जीवन, आज भी, हमें मज़बूत बनाता है, आज़ाद बनाता है, इंसान बनाता है।
शहीद दिवस पर हमारे वीरों को शत् शत् नमन।
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 23, 2019
Former Indian cricketer Virendra Sehwag while paying homage to the martyrs tweeted, “Salute to the 3 incredible men - Bhagat Singh ji, Sukhdev ji and Rajguru ji. Every breath of their lives was for the country and bow down to their fearlessness and sacrifice #ShaheedDiwas.”
Salute to the 3 incredible men - Bhagat Singh ji, Sukhdev ji and Rajguru ji . Every breath of their lives was for the country and bow down to their fearlessness and sacrifice #ShaheedDiwas pic.twitter.com/8dV4FAknFi
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 23, 2019
Bhagat Singh is not only a freedom fighter but also had a dream to free India from age-old discriminatory practices of caste, creed, religion and superstition. He is also a socialist, a great political thinker and a prolific writer.