Freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajuru were there great sons of India, who breathed their last as ‘martyrs’.
All three of them were influential revolutionaries, who sacrificed their young lives to make their motherland, free from the shackles of British rule.
These days a story is going on in the social networking sites especially on the whatsApp and some other social media which claims that “In the morning of 14.02.1931 at Lahore, the legendary Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhdev were hanged to their deaths. We only celebrate Valentine’s Day. Let Us pas this message to every 1 we know, to salute and pay respect to their sacrifice also.. Let Us be An Indian First…!!”
It’s that time of the year again when overzealous individuals start demanding that Valentine’s Day should be observed as ‘Black Day’, because they believe legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh was hanged on this day.
Last year, the Shiv Sena (Punjab) had demanded that the day be marked ‘Black Day’. This year, , Education Officer (Primary), Solapur Zilla Parishad, Tanaji Ghadge had directed all block education officers and administrative officers to organise a “gratitude day” in schools by inviting parents of students and asking students to express gratitude by performing ‘aarti’.
The circular stated that since Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged on February 14, schools should pay tribute to three martyrs.Later they withdrew the circular after much embarrassment.
The truth is that Bhagat Singh was born on either 27 or 28 September 1907 at Banga, Jaranwala Tehsil, Lyallpur district, Punjab, British India (present-day Pakistan) and the official records suggest he was hanged along with Rajguru and Sukhdev on 23rd March 1931 in Lahore, Punjab which is now in Pakistan.