New Delhi, Mar 23: Every time India’s struggle for independence gets written about, one name that always find mention is that of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. He was a youth icon back then, and remains one even now, 87 years after he was hanged to death by the British along with his fellow freedom fighters Rajguru and Sukhdev in 1931. The day is marked as Martyr’s Day and is celebrated across the country. Also Read - IPL 2021: Old Circular From Virat Kohli's School Goes Viral, Mentions a Memorable Feat
One more place that marks the day with a mela (fair) every year is where Bhagat Singh was born on September 28, 1907. In the neighbouring country of Pakistan is the ancestral house where the martyr was born and grew up. It is built on Chak 105GB in Banga village of Faisalabad district. This house, along with the school where Bhagat Singh studied, has been restored. The government there reportedly spent an equivalent of Rs 5 crore (in Indian Rupees) to restore them as memorial to the martyr. In 2014, it was declared a heritage site and was thrown open to public in 2016. Also Read - Delhi CM to Hold Emergency Meeting Amid Surge in COVID-19 Cases, No Students to be Called in Schools in New Academic Year
After Partition, a lawyer’s family had allegedly encroached upon the property but they took good care of Bhagat Singh and his family’s memorabilia. However, now administration has taken charge of the property. Also Read - MP School Teacher Sets up Mini-library on his Scooter to Teach Rural Children from Different Villages
Bhagat Singh was born in an environment that reeked with resentment towards the British. Both his father and uncle were members of the Gadar Party, an outfit that was active in the struggle against the British. When he grew up, he joined the Hindustan Republican Association that boasted of luminaries like Ram Prasad Bismill, Chandrashekhar Azad and Sukhdev.
To date, Bhagat Singh stands for conviction and unflinching faith. Legend has it that he was shouting the slogan of “Inquilab Zindabad!” till his last breath.