Several public meetings and consultations were organised on the occasion of Martyr’s Day on 23rd March 2018 by Lok Raj Sangathan Samitis and other organisations across the country.
Madanpur Khadar, Delhi
Lok Raj Sangathan organised a meeting in the rehabilitation colony in Madanpur Khadar, southeast Delhi.
The discussion began with paying tribute to the martyrs, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. The meeting began with a moving song, in which the youth of our country pledge to follow in the footsteps of the brave patriots. Following the path that you martyrs have shown us, we shall now liberate the country; we are ready to sacrifice our lives not once but a hundred times for the cause.
The meeting was conducted by Santosh Kumar. Several residents and activists addressed the session. They hailed the martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev who continue to be a source of inspiration for youth even today. They explained how Bhagat Singh and his comrades had a political aim associated with dropping bombs in the Assembly. It was to expose the truth of the Public Safety Bill and Trade Dispute Bill to the country and its people.
Speakers said that today those who are ruling us are different from the British only in colour. In 1947, the power to rule India was transferred from the hands of British colonialists to the Indian elite, the propertied sections of the population. In the last 70 years, these rulers have maintained their rule through different parties. We need to raise the consciousness of the masses and make them understand that these parties do not really represent the people in the current setup and hence electing this or that party is not going to solve any problems. The only solution is to for people to organise themselves and become the decision makers.
It was concluded that the dream of our people for independence remains unfulfilled even today. But we are optimistic. The participants, especially the youth, pledged to establish a new India which will be in the interests of the large majority of working people and not only for a minority elite.
Ramgarh, District Hanumangarh, Rajasthan
Lok Raj Sangathan and Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha together organised a consultation on the occasion of Martyrs’ Day, at a girls’ school in Ramgarh. Hundreds of youth and school going students participated in the program with great enthusiasm. The consultation was chaired by Dr. Krishna Nimera, Animal Health Officer, Ramgarh, Nathuram Hodkasia, Secretary, Village Development Committee, Ramgarh, Dayaram Saran, State Deputy Secretary, Animal Health Workers Union, Rajasthan and Hanuman Prasad Sharma. The session was anchored by Ashok Verma.
Along with council members who chaired the session, others who addressed the session included Omprakash Sengar, Kuldeep Nokhwal, Associate Prof. Bhagat Singh of Ramgadh High School, Prof. Mukesh Soni, Bhim Singh and Kanhaiyalal Jain to name a few.
Speakers pointed out that ‘We need to establish a society free from all forms of oppression and discrimination. All the speakers hailed the revolutionary ideas of our martyrs.
Shri Hanuman Prasad Sharma, Vice President of Lok Raj Sangathan, traced the independence struggle from 1857 all the way up to 1947 and what happened after 1947. He also explained about the British-trained Indians, who look like us Indians but rule like the British colonisers did then. He explained that these rulers have mastered the method of divide and rule and that they use it time and again to rule the masses.
He explained that during the revolt of 1857, peasants, saints, soldiers and patriotic kings and queens came together under the leadership of Bahadur Shah Zafar to revolt against the British colonialists. Bahadur Shah Zafar had issued a firman (dictat) in which he declared that after the colonisers are driven away from the country, it will be the people of this country who will become the rulers. The Britishers brutally crushed this rebellion with the help of a few traitors.
The Indian National Congress was established in 1885 under the leadership of a British officer. On the one side, were the Indian National Congress and All India Muslim League, which compromised with the colonial rulers. On the other side were the thousands of patriotic fighters for independence. Among those were Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. Their clear aim was to establish an India, free from all forms of exploitation and where there is security and prosperity the vast majority. They inspired the masses to rise against the colonisers.
Shri Hanuman Prasad reiterated the importance of bringing together and hence building the fighting unity of the people around the aim of establishing an exploitation free society. He pointed out that the rulers and their political parties try to split the people on various basis. But we will have to expose their tactics and organise the people to take political power in their hands.
The patriotic songs sung by Mukta, Sanjoo, Saloni, Kavita, Aaina, Garima, Priyanka, Payal, Khushi, Tamanna, Raman, Raj Kiran and other students brought the discussion to a vibrant conclusion.
Programs organised by Shaheed Bhagat Singh Disha Trust and Jan Sangarsh Manch in Haryana
On the occasion of Shahidi Diwas (Martyrs Day), the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Disha Trust, Jan Sangarsh Manch, Haryana and its supporters garlanded the bronze statue of Bhagat Singh situated in the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Disha Trust organization’s premises. After that the workers and youth along with women marched together forming a grand procession. The procession reached the local Ramleela ground where a public meeting was convened. The public meeting was chaired by Shri Phool Singh.
Shri Shyam Sunder who was the chief speaker said that Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his compatriots had warned that if people do not unite and throw out the British then they will one day realize that even if Independence is achieved it would be an independence only for a minority. Their warning has proven to be true. More than 70 years after independence, there is no end to poverty, unemployment and corruption, attacks on women and dalits in the country.
Pal Singh, Convener of the Shramjivi Sangarsh Morcha, Professor Malkhan Singh, Dr Sunita Tyagi, convener of the Samta Mulak Mahila Sangathan expressed their views. Dr. Tyagi said she was very concerned over the increasing victimization of women and incidences of gruesome attacks on them. She gave the call to negate blind patriotism and orthodox ideas against women and to build an equitable society.
Dr C.D Sharma, advisor to the Jan Sangarsh Manch, said that we need to follow the path shown by Shaheed Bhagat Singh in order to establish a society in which the rights of the majority of people are recognised and realised.
Other speakers included President of the Mazdoor Sahyog Kendra, Gurgaon, Sudesh Kumari, General Secretary of the Jan Sangarsh Manch, Haryana, Chandra Rekha, Secretary Shaheed Bhagat Singh Disha Trust along with Dr Lahna Singh, Senior member of the Trust, Kavita Vidrohi, convener SOSD, Paramjeet Kaur, district head Anaganwadi Workers and Helpers Union along with Kalavati, District convener, Karnail Singh, President Nirmaan Karya Mistry Union. The meeting ended with a speech by comrade Phool Singh.
Madhosinghana Village, Sirsa District, Haryana
Lok Raj Sangathan organised a symposium on the occasion of Martyrs Day in Madhosinghana Village in which the youth participated with great enthusiasm. Comrade Kuldip conducted the proceedings of the symposium. The event started with a tribute to Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Rajguru and Shaheed Sukhdev.
Addressing the meeting, the speakers talked about the life of the martyrs and about the path of struggle they chose. Participants called for the unity of the people against the anti-people policies of the State. Speakers talked to the participants about the present conditions prevailing in the country. They called upon everyone to unite under the slogan, “an attack on one, is an attack on all!” and give a befitting reply to the existing anti-worker, anti-peasant and anti-social rule. The discussions were interspersed with patriotic songs.
The Jan Chetna Manch, Jaakhal oragnised a programme entitled “An evening dedicated to the Martyrs” at the Jaakhal Mandi. Thousands of people participated in the event along with many well-known figures from the district. The event proceedings were managed by Prem Singh Negi, Lecturer at the St. Joseph School.
Simarpreet Singh, student of St. Joseph School sang the song “Mera rang de basanti chola”. Artists from the K.M. Sarasvati School and the Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Manch presented an enthusiastic cultural programme.
Members of the Shaheed Udham Singh Club – Talwada, Ambedkar Adhikar Manch, Bhagat Singh Naujawan Sabha, Shri Sangatsar Gurudwara Chandpura Sahib, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Club and Press Club – Jaakhal participated in the event.
Before the event on the same morning an event was organised in memory of Shaheed Udham Singh, Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Sukhdev and Shaheed Rajguru.