The birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh, the legendary revolutionary who stood on the gallows fighting for the national salvation of India at an age of 23, went silently on 28th September 2015. Though many left-wing student and youth organisations celebrated this day with usual fanfare, the government of India remained busy in appeasing the foreign monopoly capital to invest heavily in the so-called independent India, which Bhagat Singh would have despised if he had lived enough to see this day.
In recent years Bhagat Singh’s legacy was seized by the right wing saffron organisations, the like of which he and his Marxist Comrades despised and fought against vehemently. The floating of an organisation called the Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena by far right extremists led by Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, which promotes everything Bhagat Singh fought against and negates everything Bhagat and his Comrades fought for, shows the desperation of the right wing forces to misuse the name and legacy of Bhagat Singh to promote their own wicked policies. The BJP leader and present Prime Minister Modi also heaped praises on Bhagat and his Comrades during his pre-poll speeches, sometimes mocking the history by claiming
Bhagat Singh was lodged in Andaman’s Cellular Jail. They did all these by carefully camouflaging the real political philosophy that Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Ashfaqullah Khan, Ram Prasad Bismill, Sukhdev, Rajguru, or Batukeshar Dutta propagated during their revolutionary course of action.
The embracement of Marxism by Bhagat Singh as a concrete policy to resolve the problems of India and his plan to liberate the nation from British imperialist occupation by rousing the peasants and workers, does not goes well with the ruling clique of foreign monopoly capital, their Indian agent capitalists and the feudal landlords. The media therefore avoids a very disturbing topic like Bhagat Singh and refrains from referring to his ideology while discussing him if compelled.
Thus, 28th September mostly goes like another mundane day, with the RSS-sponsored Hindu terror groups lynching a Muslim man accusing him of slaughtering a cow and consuming its meat. The India we live in the 21st century has nothing common to what Bhagat and his Comrades dreamt about while kissing the hangman’s noose. As rather than progressing towards a society led by the workers and peasants, India has skidded below the ladder under the rule of the feudal landlords, crony capitalists and the same foreign monopoly capital that ruled the nation directly for over 200 years.
Such a catastrophe through which we are undergoing today was warned by Bhagat Singh more than eight decades ago when he said that India will turn into a communally divided, warring, exploited and plundered nation if the working class fails to seize power by overthrowing the British rule. Fulfilling correctly his analysis, the India which was born as a miscarriage from British imperialist rule in 1947 turned out to be a communally polarised, divided, and fascism mongering warring nation where the giant forces of monopoly capital carries on unrestricted oppression and plundering with support from a government that has mortgaged the country to these foreign corporate houses.
Right now the nation needs millions of Bhagat Singhs, it needs them urgently, filled with vigour and vitality, tempted by patriotism with an internationalist outlook such representatives of the youth can only harness real socio-economic and political change in the nation.