Congress serving its narrow political ends: Bhagat Singh`s nephew

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 21:26

Chandigarh: A nephew of Shaheed Bhagat
Singh on Tuesday lashed out at the Congress for making reference to
the castes of freedom fighters in the ruling party`s
mouthpiece and said they fought for the nation and not for any
religion or caste.

"He (Bhagat) was born as an Indian, fought against the
colonial high handedness and ultimately laid down his life for
the nation and not for any region, religion or caste," said
Abhey Singh Sandhu.

The March issue of `Congress Sandesh` describes Bhagat
Singh as a freedom fighter "born in a Jat Sikh family" and
Rajuguru as one "who belonged to the Deshastha Brahmin
community."

"The Congress is in a habit of making such projections
to serve its narrow political ends; this explains why it is
deliberately trying to mask the heroic contribution of our
great martyrs by proving them terrorists and not coming out
with the ideology they were wedded to," Sandhu said.

"This historic party should have, by now, learnt to
respect the sentiments of the followers of the great martyrs;
they have no right to insult them and us, the way they are
doing," he said.

Though the party spokesman is terming it as mere life
sketches of the martyrs but we smell a nefarious design in it,
said Abhey Singh Sandhu nephew of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh
and son of Kulbir Singh, younger brother of the martyr.

Anybody who is conversant with the basics of Bhagat
Singh`s ideology knows fully well that he was totally against
the religious or caste based divides, he said here.

He was born as an Indian, fought against the colonial
high handedness and ultimately laid down his life for the
nation and not for any region, religion or caste, he said.

They have mentioned only one thing about his life that is
the killing of a British police officer JP Saunders. Bhagat
Singh had only taken this step to reply to the British who had
killed Lala Lajpat Rai violently with sticks and also to
eliminate fear of the British from Indians, he said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 21:26

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