Published On: Sun, Sep 27th, 2020

Prime Minister Modi highlights Bhagat Singh’s contribution in freedom struggle

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (September 27) paid tributes to freedom fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh, calling him the symbol of bravery and courage. The tribute from the Prime Minister comes a day before the 113th birth anniversary of the freedom fighter.

He also referred to farmers in Haryana, Gujarat and other states for doing well or themselves

Speaking on the occasion of his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, the Prime Minister recalled the life of Bhagat Singh.

“I want to take you down the memory lane. This pertains to something that happened 101 years ago. In 1919, British rulers massacred innocent people at Jalianwala Bagh. After the massacre, a 12-year-old boy went to the incident spot and saw which was even beyond his imagination. He was shocked to see how can anyone be so cruel. The innocent boy was quite furious. He swore to fight against British rule. Yes, I am talking about Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Tomorrow, on September 28, we will observe his birth anniversary. I join countrymen in bowing before Shaheed Bhagat Singh, the symbol of bravery and courage,” the Prime Minister said.

“Can you imagine that the Britishers who rule a huge part of the world and it is said about them that the sun never set in their regime… such a powerful regime got scared of a 23-year-old man. Shaheed Bhagat Singh was not only brave but also knowledgeable and a thinker,” he added.

The Prime Minister said that another beautiful aspect of Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s life was that “he very well understood the importance of teamwork, be it dedication towards Lala Lajpat Rai, or his attachment with Chandrashekhar Azad, Sukhdev and Rajguru and other freedom fighters.”

“Personal glory was never important to Bhagat Singh. He always lived for a mission and made supreme sacrifice for that only. He always lived for a mission and made supreme sacrifice for that only. That mission was to get rid of injustice and British rule. Without thinking about their life, Bhagat Singh and his friends accomplish such acts of bravery that continue greatly in the country’s freedom,” Prime Minister Modi added.

He said whether “we become like Bhagat Singh or not but to have a love for the country like him and feeling to do something for the country like him would be our biggest tribute to Shaheed Bhagat Singh.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also reminded the nation about the 2016 surgical strike of India post-Pulwama attack.

“Four years ago, around this time, the world witnessed the courage, bravery and valour of our soldiers during the surgical strike. Our brave soldiers had just one mission and goal–to protect the glory and honour of mother India at any cost. They did not care for their lives, at all. They kept moving on the line of duty and we all witnessed how they returned victoriously. They made mother India proud,” the Prime Minister said.

Hailing the contribution of Indian farmers in Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, Prime Minister Narendra said that they would benefit too from the new agriculture-related Bills once these become laws.

He pointed out growers had benefited after fruits and vegetables were taken off the ambit of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee Act in 2014 and now other farmers would benefit too.

They would be able to send their produce wherever they want and also get good price, the Prime Minister added.

Earlier, farmers could not sell their produce because of strict laws wherein they were challaned for selling their farm produce outside APMCs.

The new Bills passed by Parliament this month are opposed by different farmer unions and opposition parties.

He also referred to farmers in Haryana, Gujarat and other states for doing well or themselves.

The Prime Minister said: “Had we followed the essence of Bapu’s (Mahatma Gandhi) economic philosophy, we would not need to work for building an Atmanirbhar Bharat now. It would have happened much earlier.”

Modi also paid tributes to great leaders of the country and specially mentioned Indian revolutionary Bhagat Singh. “Shaheed Bhagat Singh epitomised courage and team work,” he said.

The Prime Minister also emphasised the special bonding within a family and how storytelling can be a catalyst. He also interacted with a group of storytellers from Bengaluru.

“As a family, set aside some time for storytelling. This will be a wonderful experience. Highlight stories relating to great women and men who have made India proud.”

He appealed the Indians to wear face masks and follow two-feet distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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