Celebration of 105th Birth Anniversary of Bhagat Singh

A powerful manifestation of revolutionary spirit among women and youth in Delhi

A colourful and inspiring cultural program was organised jointly by Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha and Purogami Mahila Sangathan at the Shah Auditorium in Delhi on 7th October, to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of our beloved martyr Bhagat Singh.

The program included folk dances from various parts of our country including Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Tamil Nadu.  Short skits were enacted, exposing the corrupt and criminal political system in the country and upholding the revolutionary ideals and fighting spirit of our martyrs.  All the performances were by groups of school and college-going girls and boys from different parts of the National Capital Region.  The 800-capacity hall was overflowing with the youthful participants, with many sitting on the floor in front and along the side aisles.

Speaking on behalf of the Communist Ghadar Party, experienced youth organiser Bijju Nayak called on women and youth to plunge into the struggle to vest supreme power in the hands of the people.  He argued that the only solution to the corrupt and criminal rule of the big capitalists, which goes by the name of the biggest democracy in the world, is to establish Lok Raj.  We need political power in our hands, so as to change the course of our society towards the vision for which Shaheed Bhagat Singh fought and laid down his life.  Our Party’s work is not aimed at bringing itself to power but at bringing the workers, peasants, women and youth to the position of being the masters of India, he declared.

Addressing the youthful gathering, a founding member and long-time activist of Purogami Mahila Sangathan emphasized the importance of education and culture for the youth to become a force for the progress of society.  While formal education is important, it is not enough.  Youth have to question the status quo, not accept it as given.  Why is the dream of our martyrs still only a dream, after 65 years of independence from colonial rule?  The conditions are crying out for a revolutionary change, and young women and men must educate and empower themselves to become champions of that change.

Jarnail Singh, well-known journalist and author of the book "I accuse.....", spoke about the importance of defending the rights of all, of standing up against all forms of oppression, upholding the truth and compelling the authority to deliver justice.  Referring to the fact that he is often accused of having shown disrespect to authority when he threw a shoe at the Home Minister, he explained why even the most honest and sincere people are compelled to commit acts of defiance when the authority turns a deaf ear to all voices of reason.  He reminded the people why Bhagat Singh threw a bomb in the legislative assembly and even Gandhi broke some of the laws imposed by the illegitimate colonial rulers.  He concluded by calling on all those present to join the mass demonstration being planned at Jantar Mantar on 3rd November, as part of the continuing campaign for justice, for punishment to those guilty of committing mass murders in November 1984.

The entire 4 hour-long celebration was organised by youthful men and women in the age group 15-25.  They were visibly in charge of all aspects of organisation, from the transportation of participants from various parts of the city and neighbouring areas, to maintaining an orderly and healthy atmosphere in the hall, assisting in seating the elderly, as well as announcing and managing the stage.  It was a powerful expression of the organisational capacity of the rising young generation.

Everyone present experienced a profoundly uplifting feeling, full of revolutionary optimism about the future.

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