23rd March 1931- A Day Ought To Be Remembered
“They may kill me, but they cannot kill my ideas. They can crush my body, but they will not be able to crush my spirit.”- Bhagat Singh
True. It’s 23 March, 2017 today – 86 years since then and no one could crush the spirit of these martyrs all these years.
What happened on 23rd March 1931?
23rd of March is observed as the martyrs day in India to remember the sacrifice and pay tribute to the legendary trio – Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar who fought for India against the British rule for independence.
The three revolutionaries were part of Hindustan Socialist Republican Association and were a spark of nationalism among Indian Youth. They were charged for the murder of British Office Sanders and were given the death penalty. Moreover, they commenced a 116 day hunger strike while demanding equal rights for Indians from the British.
On 23rd March 1931, they were hanged in Lahore jail and further were cremated at Hussainiwala at the banks of the Sutlej River in Ferozepur district of Punjab. Their death marked an end to one of the influential eras of Indian Freedom Struggle.
In order to pay homage to this trio, every year on 23rd March we immensely salute their sacrifice in framing the nation and motivating the youth.
Some lessons to learn from their lives
Be your own person. Don’t follow the mass just because they believe they’re going in the right direction. Bhagat Singh could’ve well taken the beaten path. He didn’t. That’s one of the reasons why we’re even talking about him 86 years after his death!
Find a purpose in life. No, we’re not asking you to join the army or become a national leader. Decide where you see yourself in the next five years? Do you have a purpose in your life? So ask yourself this question too.
Follow your purpose with passion. To what extent can you go to achieve your goal? How persistent are you following up on the targets you’ve set for yourself — they could be as simple as losing weight or getting to a certain point in your career.