Friday, September 28, 2012

Bhagat Singh: Inquilab Zindabad

Revolution did not necessarily involve sanguinary strife. It was not a cult of bomb and pistol. They may sometimes be mere means for its achievement. No doubt they play a prominent part in some movements, but they do not – for that very reason -become one and the same thing. A rebellion is not a revolution. It may ultimately lead to that end.

The sense in which the word Revolution is used in that phrase, is the spirit, the longing for a change for the better. The people generally get accustomed to the established order of things and begin to tremble at the very idea of a change. It is this lethargical spirit that needs be replaced by the revolutionary spirit. Otherwise degeneration gains the upper hand and the whole humanity is led stray by the reactionary forces. Such a state of affairs leads to stagnation and paralysis in human progress. The spirit of Revolution should always permeate the soul of humanity, so that the reactionary forces may not accumulate (strength) to check its eternal onward march. Old order should change, always and ever, yielding place to new, so that one “good” order may not corrupt the world. It is in this sense that we raise the shout “Long Live Revolution.”

Thoughts of a Man on his Birth Anniversary: 28th September, 2012


  1. Neer, I didn't know September 28 was Bhagat Singh birth anniversary. From what I have read of Bhagat Singh's life, he was a very gifted and intelligent person. His thoughts are a testimony to his very idea of life and the way it ought to be led. Thanks for sharing this...

    1. Thanks so much Prashant. Thankfully Bhagat Singh has survived in public memory because otherwise our writing of history has been extremely lop-sided. He was a very well-read person who tended to carry a book with him most of the times. What I like best about him is his insistence on the Right to Question. A revolutionary and refreshing change from the idolatry that we Indians tend to follow.

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