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BHAGATH SINGH

The First Step

In 1922, the Congress organized a procession in the town of Chauri chaura in Gorakhpur District. Then some rogues locked up twenty-two policemen together in a house, set fire to the house and burnt them. Before this, similar acts of violence had occurred even in Bombay andMadras. Mahatma Gandhi felt very sad at all this. He asked the people to end the non- cooperation movement which was then going on in the country.

That was a great disappointment to young Bhagat Singh, a lad of fifteen. Should an important movement be given up, just because 22 persons died? Before that, a nineteen-year-old revolutionary by name Kartar Singh had been hanged by the British Govemment. Then none of these supporters of nonviolence raised any objection. How could nonviolence become so important now? Such thoughts weakened Bhagat Singh's faith in   non - violence and non-cooperation movements. He went on firmly believing that armed revolution was the only practical way of winning freedom.

He made a deep study of the lives of the revolutionaries of Ireland, Italy and Russia. The more he read, the deeper grew his belief that war alone could bring freedom. The youth of the land should be inspired to turn to revolution. The very thought of fighting for freedom should thrill the young men. So thinking, Bhagat Singh began to organize the youth.

To continue his studies, Bhagat Singh joined the National College. This college had been started by great patriots like Lala Lajpat Ray. Though he had not been to school for some years, Bhagat Singh had a good knowledge of history and politics. The Principal was astonished and permitted him to join the college straight away.

During the day he would listen to the lessons in the class. In the evening he would collect several friends and discuss the coming revolution. This became his daily routine.

At college, Bhagat Singh took part in several plays.A teacher who saw him in the leading roles in 'RanaPratap',  'Samrat  Chandragupta'  and   'Bharata-durdasha' remarked, "This boy will become a great man."

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Bhagath Singh- A Great Freedom Fighter, who is the symbol of the heroism of the youth of India
About Bhagath Singh
Introduction
Birth
A Friend To All
The Lion's Cub
A Spark Of Revolution
You are Here! The First Step

'No Marriage For Me'

In The Spark OfRevolution
Arrest And Release
Vengeance
A Bomb Bursts
A Welcome To Death
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