Martyrdom day was commemorated in Madhosinghana village in Sirsa district of Haryana on 30th March 2014. On this occasion, a public meeting was organised by Lok Raj Sangathan. Apart from the people of the village, the meeting was attended by activists of organisations from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.
A team of youth had taken charge of the media propaganda and decoration of the meeting place. They invited the village people through invitations that were inserted in daily newspapers. The youth team prepared the meeting place with great enthusiasm and had put up exhibitions on the history of the Hindustan Ghadar Party, Bhagat Singh’s beliefs and work of the Lok Raj Sangathan.
The meeting commenced with homage to Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. The meeting reverberated with slogan – ‘Inquilaab Zindabaad!’, ‘Long live Shaheed-e-azam Bhagat Singh!’, Down with imperialism!’, ‘Down with capitalism!’, ‘Long live Socialism!’ The meeting was chaired by a young comrade named Kuldeep.
One young comrade sang, ‘Raste pe tumhare chal ke hum, azaad ab desh karayeinge; ek baar nahin, kayi senkaro bar is dhaar par hum chadh jayeinge’ (We will march on the path shown by you and liberate our motherland; Not once but hundreds of times, we are willing to sacrifice ourselves) as a fitting beginning to the meeting.
Prof Om Prakash Sharma thanked Lok Raj Sangathan for organising such a meeting on Martyrdom day. He appreciated the fact that such a program was organised for the first time in Madhosinghana village. He talked at length on the lives of Bhagat Singh and his comrades. He said that the freedom that Bhagat Singh and his comrades had sacrificed their lives for is still to be achieved. The freedom today, he said, was far from genuine.
Speaking on behalf of the Communist Ghadar Party, comrade Santosh Kumar said that today Bhagat Singh is made into a god to be worshiped but his ideas are not discussed. Bhagat Singh was inspired by the revolutionary ideals of the Ghadar of 1857 and the Hindustan Ghadar Party, which was founded in 1913. The racist attacks and discrimination at work place, made the Indian emigrant laborers to the US, Canada, etc., realise that they will be treated as slaves if their homeland remained enslaved. This was the reason why the Indians in these countries had founded the Hindustan Ghadar Party to liberate the motherland and returned to India for the same purpose. After their revolt was crushed in 1915, they joined and continued their work in various other groups like the Hindustan Republican Association, Kirti Party, etc. Bhagat Singh and his comrades were part of this trend. They wanted to throw the colonialists out of our country for the renewal of India as a socialist society.
The Communist Ghadar Party of India is also organising the workers, peasants, youth and women for the renewal of our country. Today, when the working class is trying to get united, there is a conspiracy to erase its identity by calling it middle class or aam aadmi. In the Lok Sabha elections, media is promoting the bourgeois parties. These parties have been serving the bourgeoisie faithfully and their rule has enabled the bourgeoisie to earn profits to the tune of 31 lakh crore Rupees last year. It is the surplus value generated by the toil of workers and peasants that is locked up in their vaults.
The slogan of the 1857 Ghadar was ‘We are her masters, Hindostan belongs to us!’ and the slogan of the Ghadaris of 1913 was to establish Lok Raj. A socialist society can only be built by uniting the toilers around these ideas, by overthrowing this man-eating system. Only by working for this aim can we show our reverence for Bhagat Singh and all other martyrs of India in the real sense.
The All-India Vice President of Lok Raj Sangathan, Guruji Hanuman Prasad Sharma addressed the meeting and said that it is not just this fortnight that we are remembering our martyrs but we remember them with every breath and we will not stop until we achieve our goal. He recited the poem ‘nafas nafas kadam kadam …’ which reflected this sentiment. He said that until the time, this exploitative rule is gotten rid of, the men, women and youth, the workers and peasants of this country will not be liberated.
He said that Vasco de Gama came from Portugal to loot India on 20th May 1458. After that the British came and drove the Portuguese out to start their trade, claiming that it will liberate the people of India. History has been written according to interest of the ruling class. They have kept those facts out of the history textbooks, which there were dangerous to them. All the black laws that were brought by the colonialist after 1857 are still there in the statute books. The British ruled India by their policy of ‘divide and rule’ and they gave birth to the Congress Party in 1885 to achieve their aims. They even divided the army on the basis of region and religion, like the Jaat Regiment, Gorkha Regiment, Sikh Regiment, etc. The purpose was to ensure that the Indian army does not unite one more time to revolt against the British rule. Today too, people have been divided based on caste, religion, region and on party affiliations. Various trade unions, youth women and students organisations limit themselves to narrow aims and do not work together although the aspirations of the working class, women, youth and peasants are common. Our rulers have learned from the British how to keep the people divided. All the parties of the ruling class remain answerable only to their party high command. All this is protected by our Constitution, which was basically written by the British.
He said that in order to end all kinds of injustices in our society and establish lok raj, class consciousness of workers and peasants has to be raised in every city, village and mohalla. He called upon the people to establish lok raj samitis and workers committees. We will have to eliminate political untouchability from among the people. We will have to work for the renewal of our country. We will have to establish the rule of the people and take political power in our hands.
The Haryana Secretary of Lok Raj Sangathan, Dhunichand said that they do not teach the new generation about our revolutionary history. They are told that they should study well to earn well and be happy. However, one can only be happy if there is social happiness and security. There should be guarantee of employment, education and health care, which is not available in the existing system. We will have to come out of the present economic and social enslavement. Today a handful of capitalists control the government and they alone run the country. Our country is very rich. We have plenty of minerals, food and manpower. It is being exploited and looted through the policy of globalization through liberalisation and privatisation. The big foreign monopoly capitalists are also eying India to take part in this loot. When our Prime Minister is asked about hunger in India, he responds shamelessly that India is rich but people die of hunger.
He recalled what Bhagat Singh used to say, “Our struggle will continue as long as a handful of men, be they foreign or native, or both in collaboration with each other, continue to exploit the labour and resources of our people. Nothing shall deter us from this path.” Real freedom means that the political power must be in the hands of the people.
Comrade Gulab from Punjab said that our martyrs, from the Hindustan Ghadar Party to Bhagat Singh were not afraid of sacrifices. However, in spite of their sacrifices, we have not won genuine freedom. He sang the song “Mitti nou salaam dosto, paida jisne Bhagat Singh keete … (Salute to our soil, which produced patriots like Bhagat Singh…).”
Dan Singh Hooda from Rajasthan said that Bhagat Singh is being forgotten today. History books are ignoring those who fought for real freedom for India and are highlighting those traitorous elements who plotted against the Indian people. The existing political and economic system has enslaved the people. Bhagat Singh and his entire family were revolutionaries and they made many sacrifices for achieving freedom. In the end he sang a song on Bhagat Singh which was composed by his sister that brought tears to the eyes of all those who were present there.
Peasant leader Hansraj told the meeting that Rajguru’s name at his home was Shiv Ram Rajguru. When he was martyred, only then did his father realise that it was his son. This barbaric government has fired on us and jailed us when we had raised the demand for water for Rajasthan. This is not freedom!
The Prime Minister of Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha, Lokesh said that following anybody with closed eyes is slavery. When the big leaders of Congress Party and BJP hold rallies in Delhi, then media covers it. But when farmers demonstrate with their demands, then media is nowhere to be seen. It is the big bourgeois who decide who will be the Prime Minister of India. If workers and peasants have to renew our society, they will have to take over the means of production in their hands.
Concluding the meeting, the former sarpanch, Rajinder Singh Jaandu said that youth are a powerful force because they cannot be suppressed. Bhagat Singh had sacrificed his life with no hesitation. Our existing system is trying to push our youth to the back. All the parties are also keeping the people back. No one is allowed to question their representatives. The ruling class has the freedom to loot the country. This is why people are angry and leaders are being slapped and thrown shoes at. When people don’t get enough to eat, these leaders are hoarding cash in Swiss bank accounts. When we try to question the leaders, then the police and public officials prevent us from doing so.
He declared that Martyrdom day will be commemorated every year in this village.
The meeting ended in an atmosphere of revolutionary enthusiasm and with the determination to unite workers, peasants, women and youth for renewal of India.