Shaheed Bhagat Singh(1907 – 23 March 1931) was a celebrated Indian socialist and revolutionary, whose intense patriotism made him a youth icon for generations to come. Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, named after him recently commemorated Shaheedi Divas on 23rd March, 2018 to mark the 87 th anniversary of martyrdom of India’s revolutionary hero.
The Chief Guest on the occasion was Shri Amarjeet Singh Dulat (author of the 2015 best-selling book, ‘Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years) Dulat, a 1965 batch veteran IPS officer from the Rajasthan cadre, had gone on to head the Research & Analysis Wing and was also the PMO’s chief advisor on Kashmir during Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee’s regime. He was an epitome of modesty when he said that he was not knowledeable enough to speak on the occasion. The pearls of wisdom he shared with the audience, proved him wrong.
Referring to Shaheed- e- Azam Bhagat Singh’s martyrdom, he said that had the former lived on, we may perhaps have seen a different India. Referring to Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s staunch secular and socialistic credentials, Shri Dulat said that the former chose to remain an atheist till the end, swearing only by the religion of love for and service to the motherland; and the foundation for this love for and service to the motherland was Hindu- Muslim unity. Reminding us about the indispensability of Hindu- Muslim unity, Shri Dulat quoted the words of the Nightingale of India, Sarojini Naidu who called it the ‘ Sangam of National Life’- like the perfect union of the Ganges & Yamuna at Prayag, the perfect union of Hindus & Muslims would see each preserve its own culture & purity even at the point of union.
Dr. Shyam Sundar, seniormost faculty of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College addressed the gathering on behalf of the Principal, Dr P. K Khurana, who was unwell and sent his reverence) felicitated the eminent guests. He also announced the initiation of a merit-cum- means scholarship to support the education of wards martyred police & paramilitary personnel. This scholarship was started by Dr Khurana at the behest of former faculty member of the college from the department of Geography, Dr Krishna Prabha & her husband Justice S. K. Agarwal. Shri Dulat lauded this as the noblest of causes.
The students of various societies of the college also got a chance to interact with Shri A.S Dulat as he gave away momentos & certificates of appreciation to them.
A plethora of cultural events were organized by the college which fascinated the spectators. Audiophile, the music society, performed a medley of songs with pleasing renditions of Indian classical music. Spardha, the western dance society, gave a dazzling dance performance with an amalgamation of upbeat and popular songs. Natuve, the theatre society, recited a thought provoking and powerful poem on nationalism and the spirit of sacrifice for one’s nation. Promethean, the fine arts society, made a live painting of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and mesmerized every spectator.
The function was organised by the Cultural Council of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, under the convenorship of Dr Simple Mohanty.
Article by- Meraki, The Creative Writing Society, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College