Author: Kuldip NayarPublisher: Har-AnandYear: 2006Language: EnglishPages: 200ISBN/UPC (if available): 8124107408
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.