One evening, in a village in Punjab, a boy aged 3 years stepped out for a walk with his father. His father was accompanied by a friend. They were chatting as they walked on and went beyond the village. The elders were walking along the edge of a field. Not hearing the footsteps of the boy, the father stopped and looked back. He saw that he boy was sitting on the ground and seemed to be planting something.
The father became curious. He approached the child and asked "What are you doing son?" The boy replied innocently, "Father, I shall plant guns all over the field." His eyes shone with the strong faith that guns would grow in the field. Both the elders were struck with wonder on hearing these words of the little boy.
This little boy was none other than the great revolutionary, Bhagat Singh.
Born: September 27, 1907
Place of Birth: Village Banga, Tehshil Jaranwala, District Lyallpur, Punjab (in modern day Pakistan)
Parents: Kishan Singh (father) and Vidyavati Kaur (mother)
Education: D.A.V. High School, Lahore; National College, Lahore
Associations: Naujawan Bharat Sabha, Hindustan Republican Association, Kirti Kisan Party, Kranti Dal.
Political Ideology: Socialism; Nationalism; Anarchism; Communism
Religious Beliefs: Sikhism (childhood and teen); Atheism (youth)
Publications: Why I Am An Atheist: An Autobiographical Discourse, The Jail Notebook And Other Writings, Ideas of a Nation
Death: Executed on March 23, 1931
Memorial: The National Martyrs Memorial, Hussainwala, Punjab
Bhagat Singh is considered to be one of the most influential revolutionaries of Indian Nationalist Movement. He became involved with numerous revolutionary organizations and played an important role in the Indian National movement. He died a martyr at the age of just 23 years.
Following his execution, on March 23, 1931, the supporters and followers of Bhagat Singh regarded him as a "Shaheed" (martyr).