Bhagat Singh – The Avenger

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saunders Bhagat Singh   The Avenger
“WITH THE DEATH OF J.P. SAUNDERS, THE ASSASINATION OF LALA LAJPAT RAI HAS BEEN AVENGED.”

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This was the first line written on the posters that showed up mysteriously in Lahore on the night Bhagat Singh & Rajguru killed J.P.Saunders. On 30th October 1928, Lala Lajpat Rai led a protest against Simon Commission. He was killed by the police in the lathi charge action. Bhagat Singh along with Sukhdev, Rajguru, Jai Gopal and Azad vowed for revenge. They planned to kill J.A. Scott, but in a case of mistaken identity, Bhagat Singh and Rajguru killed J.P. Saunders on 17th December 1928, who was equally responsible for Lala ji’s death. Following lines reflect the exact thoughts of Bhagat Singh after this incident:

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“Really it’s horrible to imagine that the lowly and violent hand of an ordinary police officials J.P. Saunders, could ever dare to touch in such an insulting way the body of one so old, so revered and so loved by 300 millions of people of Hindustan and thus cause his death. The youth and manhood of India was challenged by blows hurled down on the head of India’s nationhood.”

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Don’t we feel the same about IC-814 hijack, 26/11 or countless other terrorist attacks on us? How can a country, which is so coward as to rely solely on subterfuge, dares to hijack a plane and torture our people? How can those assholes dare to come here and kill 200+ innocent people in one go? How can they make us constantly live in fear of attacks or bomb blasts? Why can’t we reply back to them in their own language? Makes us wonder, do we still have the same blood running in our veins?

Comrades of Bhagat Bhagat Singh   The Avenger

“And let the world know that India still lives; that the blood of youths has not been totally cooled down and that they can still risk their lives, if the honour of their nation is at stake. Do not injure the feeling of a downtrodden and oppressed country. Think twice before perpetrating such a diabolical deed, and remember that despite ‘Arms act’ and strict guards against the smuggling of arms, the revolver will continue to flow in – if not sufficient at present for an armed revolt, then at least sufficient to avenge the national insults. This party of young men will ever live to teach a lesson to haughty rulers. They will be so bold as to cry even amidst the raging storm of opposition and repression, even on the scaffold: Long Live the Revolution! ”

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It will be foolish to ask any leader to speak with such courage and vigour today. In today’s context, a good leader is the one who can woo most votes. Period. It seems like somewhere down the line we lost that rage, that spirit of patriotism or that sense of belongingness to this land of brave hearts like Bhagat Singh, Pratap and Shivaji.

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It was not that Bhagat and others did not realise the value of life; but they also knew that after a certain point silence is always treated as a sign of cowardice and gives further strength to the oppressor.

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“Sorry for the death of a man. But in this man has died the representative of an institution which is so cruel, lowly and so base that it must be abolished. In this man has died an agent of the British authority in India. Sorry for the bloodshed of a human being. But the sacrifice of individuals at the altar of the great revolution that will bring freedom to all, rendering the exploitation of man by man impossible, is inevitable.”

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If Bhagat Singh could see this from somewhere then he must be a very sad man today. He killed Saunders within 30 days of Lala ji’s death, and here Kasab is not only alive but is living in comforts and luxuries, planning his mercy petition, even after 4 years of his ghastly act. We love humanity and we completely understand the value of human life; but at the same time we believe in zero tolerance towards anyone who tries to take lives of innocent people and tries to stand up against this nation. Our ‘Dharma’ teaches us to be a tolerant but not cowards. Bhagat bhai, we too are waiting for a morning when we can say-

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“KASAB IS DEAD; PEOPLE OF INDIA ARE AVENGED”

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