Amritsar kids observe Bhagat Singh's 100th birth anniversary a day earlier

Amritsar, Sept.26 :Children of the Ram Ashram School in Amritsar today celebrated the 100th birth anniversary of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, a day earlier than scheduled.

Holding placards and photographs of Bhagat Singh during the felicitation ceremony, the children inspired a feeling of patriotism through the gathering.

Harkirat Singh, a student, dressed up like Bhagat Singh for the occasion.

Gurmeet Singh Bablu, the chairman of the Sardar Bhagat Singh Youth Front, said celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh should be considered an opportunity of a lifetime.

It was because of the sacrifices of martyrs like Bhagat Singh, that Indians were now living in an independent country, he added.

Bhagat Singh, who was born on September 28,1907 and died a martyr on March 23, 1931, is considered to be one of the most famous revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement.

As a child, he was deeply affected by the Jalianwala Bagh Massacre that took place in Punjab in 1919. When Mahatma Gandhi started the Non-Cooperation Movement in 1920, he became an active participant at the age of 13. He had great hopes that Gandhi would bring freedom in India.

But he was disappointed when Gandhi called off this movement following the Chauri Chaura riot in 1922.

As a teenager, Bhagat Singh studied European revolutionary movements and was attracted to anarchism and communism.

He was involved with numerous revolutionary organizations, and was at the forefront of a campaign to remove British colonial rulers from Indian soil.

He is believed by many to be one of the earliest Marxists in India and one of the leaders and founders of the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA).

He was hanged for the killing of British Deputy Inspector-General of Police J.P.Saunders in response to the October 1928 killing of veteran social activist Lala Lajpat Rai.

His legacy prompted youth in India to begin fighting for Indian independence and also increased the rise of socialism in India. (With inputs from ANI)