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The Martyr: Bhagat Singh: Experiments in Revolution

Kuldip Nayar (Author)
Synopsis Bhagat Singh’s life is one of the supreme ironies of history. He did not believe in the cult of the bomb and the pistol, Yet he was arrested for throwing a bomb in the Central legislative Assembly. And he was hanged in 1931 for killing a police officer with a pistol. He lived at a time when the cry for freedom was tearing India apart. Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamare did mein hai-the song the Bhagat Singh and his comrades sang during their trial-gave a voice to the burning desire for freedom in the hearts of all Indians. Bhagat Singh was a true revolutionary. He was the first to raise the slogan, Inquilab Zindabad, which later became the war cry of the struggle for India’s independence. To the altar of revolution he brought his youth as incense. He died so that India might live. He was only 23 when he was hanged. By that time, he had already become a legend. He died as he lived-without any fear. As he himself said, he was trying to stand like a man with an erect head to the last, even on the gallows. Many great revolutionaries have now become mere names in history books. But Bhagat Singh still remains a living part of national memory, 70 years after he was hanged. Kuldip Nayar takes a close look at the man behind the martyr: his heroism and humanity, his dreams and despair. The Martyr has a lot of exclusive material. It explains, for the first time, why Hans Raj Vohra betrayed Bhagat Singh and his comrades. It also throws new light on Sukhdev who was hanged along with Bhagat Singh.
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About the author

Kuldip Nayar

Kuldip Nayar, born in Sialkot (Pakistan), was educated in Punjab University (Lahore), here he earned the degrees of BA (Hons), LLB. He did M.Sc. in journalism at the North-Western University in the US. The Gurunanak Dev University, Amritsar, also conferred on him a doctorate on philosophy. Kuldip Nayar is a renowned journalist, who has held several prestigious positions in newspapers like The Statesman, The Indian Express besides heading the United News of India (UNI), a premier news agency. Mr. Nayar was India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. He was the correspondent of The Times, London, for 25 years. He retired from the Rajya Sabha in August 2003. HE has been chairperson of Citizens of Democracy (CFD), a human rights organization. Mr. Nayar is the recipient of several academic awards, including Lord Astor Award for Press Freedom, Haldi Ghati Award, Bhai Vir Singh, Munshi Prem Chand, Sarojini Naidu Harmony, Pride of India (America) and Shiromani Gurudwara, Freedom of Information. He is a member of the Hall of Fame on the North-Western University. He is a prolific writer and has numerous works on his credit, including Between the Lines, India: The Critical Years, India after Nehru, In Jail, Report on Afghanistan, Tragedy of Punjab, India House, The Martyr: Bhagat Singh’s Experiments in Revolution.

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Title The Martyr: Bhagat Singh: Experiments in Revolution
Author Kuldip Nayar
Format Softcover
Date published: 26.06.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8124107408
length 200p.
Subjects History