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When Bhagat Singh was executed by the British after a sham trial for his involvement in the Lahore Conspiracy Case at the age of 23, he was glorified by the Indians as a martyr for his youth, his defiance and his reckless bravery. It was only many years later, after Independence in 1947, that his writings came to light. Today, it is these that set Bhagat Singh apart and reveal him as not just a hot-headed revolutionary who believed in the cult of the bomb but a widely-read intellectual inspired by the writings of Marx and Lenin, to whom the betterment of Indian society was as important as the ouster of the British. In this book, commemorating the hundredth birth anniversary of this iconic young man, Kuldip Nayar takes a close look at the man behind the martyr: his beliefs, his intellectual leanings, his dreams and his despair. He also explains why Hans Raj Vohra betrayed Bhagat Singh and his comrades and throws new light on Sukhdev, whose loyalties have been questioned by some historians.

©2012 Kuldip Nayar (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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the inside mind of a great martyr

Bhagat Singh, the great revolutionary and martyr in India's freedom fight, was very young before it all ended.. yet he was so clear in his mind, thoughts and ideology. he had read widely and took an extreme path through a clear thought process of reason and ideals. it was not pure emotions and adrenaline that drove an young man to stand in the front line against the war with British.

it was enlightening to read his various letters of pure reason and logic to Gandhi and public in general on the issues of various allegations on extremism and atheism that he faced in his short span of life.

The letters that he had written and the list of books he read are simply mind blowing.

The book was a great compilation comprising not just chronological events but had brought out the great mind of an extraordinary young man who had fought not just British but forces such as Gandhi and other communalised political movements of his time..

Bhagat Singh had done every sacrifice for a country that had let him cruelly down, while alive and after death too.