A close kin of Shaheed Bhagat Singh has now personally taken up cudgels to focus on the distortions about the martyr in text books. In a letter to the UPSC, the son of the martyr’s younger brother has described how the man revered by the nation was being described as a terrorist.
Union Public Service Commission,
It is tragic that while on the one hand the Nation is celebrating the birth centenary of the Great Martyr, he is projected as a terrorist in Q.No. 2 (C), the pre-fix revolutionary shades into insignificance being a subordinate to the principal appellation. In terms of logic, the Martyr is placed in the GENUS ‘terrorist’ albeit of the ‘revolutionary’ SPECIES.
Terrorism as per its ordinary-literal meaning implies the systematic and organized use of violence and intimidation to force a government and community, which, in the fact and circumstance of the case is far from being applicable to Sardar Bhagat Singh and his comrades. Indeed in respect of their last ‘action’, of 8th April 1929, the Lahore High Court while rejecting their appeal had observed : “That Bhagat Singh is a sincere revolutionary I have no doubt….”
Thus, while the erstwhile judicial authorities deemed to be reflecting the outlook of foreign rulers, had take care to portray the Martyr aptly, an august institution of a free India becomes a party to his being defamed, since these days terrorism denotes senseless indiscriminate killing of any one including women and children.
In view of the above it is request that
(a) a public apology, endorsed by the Union Public Service Commission be publicly issued, expounding the appropriate status of the Martyr in this regard.
(b) a suitable screening mechanism be instituted to pre-screen the question papers in a sensitive subject like Indian History.
(c) screening of the official text books like those of NCERT to weed out such like expressions and finally a deterrent punishment to the delinquent paper setter.
It is requested that immediate action may kindly be initiated with an intimation to the undersigned in that regard.
(Abhey Singh Sandhu)
S/o S. Kulbir Singh Sandhu
Younger brother of Shaheed-e-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh
# 290, Sector 33-A, Chandigarh