By Revolutionary Students Front (RSF)
On 23rd March 1931 Bhagat Singh along with his comrades Sukhdev and Raj Guru were hanged, their bodies burned, mutilated and stuffed in gunny bags were thrown at the banks of River Sutlej, miles away from the Lahore Central Jail by the British Raj. Today no memorial or commemorative plaques of these heroic revolutionaries exist at the site of their execution. Yet their revolutionary legacy lives on. For more than nine decades comrade Bhagat Singh’s struggle and revolutionary inspiration have galvanized millions of youth and ordinary souls throughout the Indian Subcontinent and beyond. His revolutionary struggle became so forceful in the stormy 1920’s that the native bourgeois leaders at the helm of the national liberation movement felt threatened. His popularity was at its peak. Sir Horace Williamson, Director of British India’s Intelligence Bureau at the time, reported: “His photograph was on sale in every city and township and for a time (Bhagat Singh) rivalled in popularity of Mr Gandhi himself.”
Despite the fasting month, on the occasion of 92nd death anniversary of Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukh Dev, comrades and activists of Revolutionary Students Front (RSF), Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation (JKNSF) and Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign (PTUDC) held protest rallies, seminars and programs in different parts of the country and its administrated areas. Here we are publishing a brief report of these activities for our readers.
On 23rd March a protest held upon the call by Progressive Students Collective at the same square, Shadman Chowk, where Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukh Dev were hanged by the British Imperialism 92 years ago. Activists of different progressive and students organizations participated in the event while Central Organiser Revolutionary Students Front (RSF) Awais Qarni, President Haqooq e Khalq Party Farooq Tariq, Leader Pashtoon Tahafuz Movement Raheem Wazir, Leader PSC Ali Raza spoke about the legacy and socialist ideology of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and paid tribute to him. Renowned Punjabi Poet Baba Najmi paid tribute to the martyrs with his poetry. The protesters demanded this square must be named “Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk”.
Punjab University Lahore
On 22nd March, Revolutionary Students Front (RSF) Punjab University Unit held a study circle to pay tribute to the revolutionary struggle of Bhagat Singh and his comrades. Organizer RSF-PU, Habiba led the discussion while other comrades contributed to enrich the discussion.
On March 22nd, at Nawaz Sharif Park, Rawalpindi, Revolutionary Students Front (RSF) along with People’s Student Federation (PSF) and Haqooq Talaba Tehreek (HTT) organized a study circle titled “Why Student Politics is Important?”, in memory of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Raj Guru. In which a large number of students participated. The speakers emphasized on organizing student politics following the ideas of Bhagat Singh in the present era. Today, a vibrant student politics is the only way out of this systemic crisis and political deadlock. Today’s study circle, comprised upon the different progressive students organization, is a welcome start and this process will widely be spread in the coming days. At the end of the program, it has been decided to launch a campaign based on three basic demands of the students. i.e. Against the ban on the student union and for the election schedule, for the 100 percent increase in the education budget, and for the formation of anti-harassment committees with the representation of students should be formed in all educational institutions. The next program of this campaign will be held at National Press Club Islamabad on April 13 on the occasion of Mashal Khan’s anniversary.
On the occasion of 92nd death anniversary of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation (JKNSF) held study circle titled “Revolutionary Movements in the Subcontinent” to pay tribute the revolutionary struggle of Bhagat Singh and comrades.
Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation (JKNSF) Ali Sojal Unit organized a study circle on the 92nd birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru, to pay tribute to their struggle and also discussed the role of revolutionary organization in the present era.