Brahmacharya & Freedom Fighters

Today is the day when Shaheed Bhagat Singh was executed when the best lawyer and father of India did nothing. Some say that he was not having that much influence on British to stop the execution, some say that he was being selfish, some say that he was involved in the execution and there are many other theories. Different followers of these great personalities express their anger about the same. So why did he not save Bhagat Singh? Personally I feel that he must have tried his best to save the young hot blood of India from execution. He must not be THAT influential indeed. But if he was not THAT influential, then why are we giving credit to him for independence? I feel that after second world war, British Empire became weak, and the rising pressure of independence movement resulted in to free India. Independence movement was created by both Muslim League & INC.

Coming back to the topic, 2nd October is a national holiday, why not 27th September. Ohh, that was the day when Bhagat Singh was born. In a way, giving holidays is not the solution at all. I think the working hours should be increased to pay respect to both the freedom fighters, but still, did you know about 27th September?

In September 2007 the governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province, Khalid Maqbool, announced that a memorial to Bhagat Singh will be displayed at Lahore museum, according to the governor “Singh was the first martyr of the subcontinent and his example was followed by many youth of the time.” This is the respect both Indians and Pakistanis gives equally to him. But still many fail to remember today.

Brahmacharya of both of them:-
Bhagat Singh, a man who escaped marriage to serve for his country. And on the other side was him, the father of nation. I started reading about the later when I came across many events that really raised my eye brows. Before that, I must admit that I respect him to that extent that I have read ‘My Experiments with Truth’ and other many articles on him. So these are some events about him adapting Brahmacharya:-

1. When he was 16 his father became very ill. Being very devoted to his parents, he attended to his father at all times during his illness. However, one night, his uncle came to relieve him for a while. He retired to his bedroom where carnal desires overcame him and he made love to his wife. Shortly afterward a servant came to report that his father had just died. He felt tremendous guilt and never could forgive himself. He came to refer to this event as “double shame.” The incident had significant influence in him becoming celibate at the age of 36, while still married
My instant reaction:- So convenient and thought upon decision. After 20 years he became celibate!

2. Towards the end of his life, it became public knowledge that he had been sharing his bed for a number of years with young women. He explained that he did this for bodily warmth at night and termed his actions as “nature cure”
My instant reaction:- Spinning the wheel can also create blankets that can give lot of warmth! I use it!

My instant reactions were so childish. I doubt any justification for the first point. It is his daring nature that he came out with truth, accepted it, and decided to punish himself. Today, Men cheat on their wives and come home with a smile on their face. But for the second point, I went into details to understand about his experiments. His Stenographer left the job because he saw him sleeping naked with his women disciples. Later I read about his experiments with Brahmacharya, that are still to be understood by me. I am sure it has its own reason and level of thinking. I am too small to understand it. I have no right to point out all these things as I have not contributed even a fraction of what he has done to his country, freedom and thoughts of billions of minds! It was just hard to ignore. May be it is new topic for research.

In the end, I salute both the personalities for their respective contribution in their own respective ways. It is tough to follow any one of them. The research is on, I hope I will come up with some answer some day.

To Bhagat Singh, who not only lived, but also died for our freedom!


5 Responses to “Brahmacharya & Freedom Fighters”

  1. 1 Aditya G
    March 25, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Well…the notion that MKG was involved in/ wanted/did nothing about execution of Bhagat Singh has been recently far more pushed by some half baked celluloid presentations. He MIGHT have not have wanted to save them, but I dont reckon he was involved in any way in it.
    Regarding his influence, in 1931 he was pretty influential but never so much that he could prevent a person declared ‘terrorist’ by the British.
    About his being considered Father of nation and the reverence he got worldwide, I believe there havnt been many ppl who touched/inspired/moved so many people, created so many leaders without being elevated to the status of some messenger of God.
    Regarding Brahmacharya by both the men, both the ways were unique. Bhagat’s was given by a passion for only one thing, the freedom, and MKG’s was given by a desire of self denial. Isnt it better to be celibate after having seen it all than professing celibacy since ever and molesting kids in the closets? MKG went the way Buddha and Mahavira went.

    I am not a Gandhi apologist, but I believe that he has been misinterpreted and misrepresented always.
    Regarding Bhagat Singh, what to say, just read his essay : Why Am I an atheist? and get a taste of his power and vision.

    • March 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm

      Exactly, the self denial thing. I need to read it in order to understand it. And thanks for the suggestion, I will surely read ‘Why am I an atheist’.

  2. March 26, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    One thing that you must understand is that all the people mentioned here and in all other hitorical texts are “HUMAN”. they are susceptible to the same needs/wants/desires/lusts that you and me are subject to. So if they ever give in to them, why blame them for it. I am not a pro-gandhi person. personally i see the “father of the nation” concept hyped up. but i dig the non-violence concept. and he is seen internationally with respect.. at the same level as Martin Luther King and the likes.

    However, there is one thing that must be brought up here… History is the point of view of the winner. MKG was at the helm in 1947, and so he is where he is today. Had we won in 1927, bhagat singh probably would have been at least the brother of the nation.
    lot more to be said… potential blog material… oh wait .. its already here 😛

    nice write up dude.

    • March 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm

      yes,hyped up father of nation concept! if you are father of nation,if you are on currency,in every city.. then you are expected to be perfect according to rules of society.. and such things will either be hard to comprehend or easy to criticize!

      ” Had we won in 1927, bhagat singh probably would have been at least the brother of the nation” —> Awe…. some!!

      thanks! 🙂

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