This time there is no Bhagath Singh


Bhagath Singh had one and only one mission. To free mother India from the clutches of the British. It didn’t matter that he was young ; it didn’t matter he was inexperienced ; it didn’t matter that he was fighting the mighty British. All it mattered to him was India was under the British’s rule and he wanted to change this.

On my way back from office while I was on the train thinking about the logistics for the  independence day parade in NY,  my mind started to wander about the struggle for independence.

Lot of questions and thoughts were crossing my mind, but after a while I just got stuck on one question. What if Bhagath  Singh was alive today ? What would he have done ? How would he have fought the corruption ? How would he have  fought the corrupt politician ? What would he have done to fight the injustice ? There was no end to the questions.

My mind was racing and racing so fast that it crossed the line between what was right and what was not. I was asking, would bhagath Singh even be able to fight so many enemies, back then he had only the British to fight. Would Bhagath Singh even put up a fight given the number of home grown enemies that are working so hard to rip off the country ?

I’m by no means qualified to judge what Bhagat Singh could or would have done, but this is just my frustration speaking. During the freedom struggle, the whole country was united against the British and almost everybody had one agenda and only one agenda, “Freedom from the British”. Bhagath Singh would have thought once the freedom would be given to the citizens they would safeguard it and always have the country first and everything else secondary.  Bhagath Singh, dedicated his life, his young life, his young dreams, his playfulness, his ambitions, his aspirations, everything so I could have a life, a free life. Not just for me, for you and for everybody. Instead of safe guarding the freedom and using it for our development, it’s being abused, beaten up and used for pampering one’s greed.

“Zindgi to apne damm par hi jiyi jati hey..dusro k kandhe par tohh shirf janaje uthaye jate hey”.
“Lovers, Lunatics and poets are made of same stuff”.
“The aim of life is no more to control the mind, but to develop it harmoniously; not to achieve salvation here after, but to make the best use of it here below; and not to realize truth, beauty and good only in contemplation, but also in the actual experience of daily life; social progress depends not upon the ennoblement of the few but on the enrichment of democracy; universal brotherhood can be achieved only when there is an equality of opportunity – of opportunity in the social, political and individual life.— from Bhagat Singh’s prison diary, p. 124″.

We are in the self destruction mode, racing towards our own destruction. From farmers suicides to massive levels of corruption to the illiterate politicians ruling the country to the displacement issues to the home grown terrorism to the child labor to the girl child problems to the unemployment, illiteracy, the country is sure progressing, only in the opposite direction. Too bad we are too busy to realize the negative progression and moreover.. this time there is no Bhagath Singh to save the country either.   What we do have is the legacy left behind by Bhagath Singh. Question is , Does this mean anything to us, at all ?

Oh but if you want to claim India’s growth because we have a few hundred billionaires or we have the malls, highways, state of art whatever or international schools or we signed the nuclear bill or we went to the moon, so be my guest.

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  1. The world is a complex place. It took Western Europe over a thousand years and 2 incredibly destructive wars to stop fighting amongst itself. India has only been independent from British rule for about 60 years. It’s also extremely populous with an extremely diverse cultural makeup. Smart money says that in mroe “modern” times, humanity would have learned to stop “swimming upstream”. But sadly we have not. India might be slightly better off from a lot of developing nations in let’s say the African continent and maybe say Myanmar but like I always like to say “complexity breeds complexity”. Too many cooks spoilt he broth I guess.

    Look at the U.S. We have less than a third of the population of India and we’ve been free from British rule for well over 200 years. And quite frankly we still need to get our own stuff together! Heck, it took over 100 years after the civil war and a deluge of bloodshed to pass a Civil Rights act!

    iMac

  2. “Zindgi to apne damm par hi jiyi jati hey..dusro k kandhe par tohh shirf janaje uthaye jate hey” —
    Ravi :”Ab Bharath mein bahut lashein hogayen hein jise hum utake phake dena hoga jai Hind!!”

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