Gadag: About seven lakh people had sacrificed their life during the freedom struggle, but only a few are remembered, regretted Yadvinder Singh, great-nephew of martyr Bhagat Singh. Yadvinder Singh is the grandson of Kulbir Singh, the younger brother of Bhagat Singh.
Inaugurating the Sainik Training Centre and an ambulance of Bhagat Singh Abhimani Balaga, on account of 114th birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh here on Tuesday, Singh stressed on the need to remember the contribution of each martyr of the freedom struggle. “History has to be re-written in the interest of the next generation of the nation. When Britishers had thought that the struggle would be over after hanging three activists — Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev — lakhs of Indians disproved it by jumping into the struggle. We can still claim that three martyrs are alive in the hearts of crores of Indians,” he said.
“We are planning on setting up a national martyrs’ book library and have appealed to the Union government to help with funds. If we don’t get required help, we will do it with the help of Bhagat Singh Brigade. We have preserved the jail diary authored by Bhagat Singh when he spent 116 days in jail and it’s published in English and Marathi. It has to be published in Kannada too,” he added.
Sadashivanand Swami of Shivanand Math, Gadag said the Britishers hanged the trio a day prior to the schedule to avoid riots in the country. “However, their thought turned wrong as each and every youth of the country stood against them,” he added.
Grandson of Veer Savarkar Satyaki Savarkar, MLC S V Sankanur and others were present on the occasion.