He lived at a time when the cry for freedom was tearing India apart. Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab ho mare dil mein hai—the song that 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.
Kuldip Nayar is among the top political journalists and columnists in the country and has been at the hub of things for over four decades. He has served as India's High Commissioner in London. He is now a member of the Rajya Sabha.
He has been press officer to Govind Ballabh Pant and Lai Bahadur Shastri; Editor and Manager of United News of India (UNI); Resident Editor of The Statesman, New Delhi; The Indian Express. Chandigarh; and Chief of the Express News Service.
Kuldip Nayar has also written a large number of political bestsellers. His books include: Between the Lines. India After Nehru. India: The Critical Years. Distant Neighbours: A Tale of the Subcontinent. The Judgment. In Jail, Report on Afghanistan and India House.
This much anticipated volume compares and contrasts Gandhi’s non-violent leadership during World War II to the military leadership of Arjuna in the war that prompted the Bhagavad Gita dialogue, the Sanskrit text that guided Gandhi’s actions throughout his life. Early in his career as leader of India’s campaign to end British rule, Gandhi resisted terrorist interpretations of the Gita and described the Gita as depicting a metaphorical battle between good and evil impulses within every human heart. Then when India was drawn into a world war not unlike that in which Arjuna reluctantly led his troops into combat, Gandhi embraced his role as battlefield commander of the millions he had trained to be non-violent warriors. Never abandoning his dedication to non-violence, Gandhi stressed to his recruits that they should act as non-violently as possible but should not passively accept injustice. Remaining true to the Bhagavad Gita while responding to urgent hazards affecting all Indians, Gandhi himself became a wartime battlefield commander leading millions in the climactic Quit India conflict that ended British rule.
The volume provides an overview of Gandhi’s entire career as leader of the Indian Nationalist Movement, clarifies Gandhi’s approach to acting non-violently when surrounded by violence, and affirms Gandhi’s enduring importance as a source of inspiration around the world.
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