[Nothing too new, as far as the Sangh Brigade is concerned.
They've, bereft of any nationalist icon of their, tried to misappropriate
Bhagat Singh - an atheist socialist, Subhas Chandra Bosr - a secular
socialist, Dr. Ambedkar - who had relentlessly fought against the Hindu
caste system and eventually converted to Buddhism as a part of that ongoing
struggle, Congress leader Sardar Patel, who had banned the RSS, and even
Gandhi himself, whose killer is still venerated in the Hindutva circles.

But, even then, tampering with the Martyrdom Day is just a bit too much.

《The whole world knows that the death warrant for Bhagat Singh was issued
on October 7, 1930, and he was hanged on March 23, 1931.

There is, of course, a wider irony in the Hindutva groups’ disinformation
campaign.

In a letter to Sukhdev, dated April 5, 1929, Bhagat Singh wrote, “Love
elevates the character of an individual”.

“You asked me one thing, whether love ever proved helpful to any man. Yes,
I answer that question today. To Mazzini it was. You must have read that
after the utter failure and crushing defeat of his first rising he could
not bear the misery and haunting ideas of his dead comrades. He would have
gone mad or committed suicide but for one letter of a girl he loved. He
would become as strong as any one, nay stronger than all…

“As regards the moral status of love I may say that it in itself is nothing
but passion, not an animal passion, but a human one – and very sweet too.
Love in itself can never be an animal passion. Love always elevates the
character of man. It never lowers him, provided love be love.”

But, the insane hatred against Valentine’s Day being whipped up by Hindu
fundamentalists is spreading misinformation among the people with regard to
the country’s proud legacy of sacrifice for love. Bhagat Singh and his
comrades logically advocated the idea of an independent India which was to
be inclusive in nature, with strong bonds of commonality and rejection of
religion in matters related to the state. In simple terms, they were
against the formation of any Hindu rashtra or an Islamic state.》]

https://thewire.in/224089/hindutvas-desperate-attempt-use-bhagat-singh-love/

Hindutva’s Desperate Attempt to Use Bhagat Singh Against Love

BY SAURAV KUMAR
ON 14/02/2018

Love always elevates the character of man. It never lowers him, wrote the
young revolutionary in a letter to his comrade in 1929.

Shaheed Bhagat Singh

Come Valentine’s Day, and the Hindutva brigade – comprising organisations
such as the Bajrang Dal, Hindu Vahini Sena, Shiv Sena etc –  start gearing
up to unleash violence on young couples. In the past few years, hooliganism
has marked this day in every big city and town. The main reason for this is
the Hindutva brigade’s view that Valentine’s Day is against “our culture
and tradition”. However, this vicious campaign is not limited to
‘tradition’. Fresh efforts are being made by these organisations to stop
Valentine’s Day celebrations by conducting an orchestrated propaganda
linking Valentine’s Day with revolutionary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh’s
martyrdom day.

It is well known that when it comes to twisting facts, appropriating icons
of India’s freedom movement, such as Bhagat Singh, and even circulating
fake news on social media, none can beat the Hindutva groups. For, playing
around with historical dates and their significance to whip up hatred
mainly works to the advantage of the divisive Hindutva agenda.

Take the case of Valentine’s Day, which falls on February 14.  On the eve
of Valentine’s Day in 2011, some people spread a rumour that the
revolutionary freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were
hanged by the British government on February 14.

The zealots went on to spread this misinformation through Wikipedia. As The
Hindu reported , “The Wikipedia page on Bhagat Singh underwent many editing
changes on February 13 and 14, Valentine’s Day.” The date of his hanging
had been changed from March 23, 1931, to February 14, 1931. On Twitter,
this misinformation spread like a fire.

The attempts to change history did not end there. The Shiv Sena (Punjab)
demanded the day be marked as a ‘Black Day’ because freedom fighter Bhagat
Singh was hanged on this day.

Last year, this propaganda reached a crescendo when an education officer in
Pune passed an order in a school, asking it to observe February 14 as the
martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh and his comrades. The Solapur zilla parishad
education officer (primary) Tanaji Ghadge also issued a letter to all block
education and administrative officers, asking them to organise a programme
in all schools under their jurisdiction on February 14, paying tribute to
the martyrs of the freedom struggle, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru ,
stating that this was because they were hanged on this day.

The self-proclaimed nationalists of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS),
Bajrang Dal and other Hindutva groups (followers of Veer Savarkar and M.S.
Golwalkar), are in a state of pain as they don’t have their own icon who
gave up his or her life or made sacrifices during the freedom movement.
What lies behind their zeal to oppose ‘westernised love’ by distorting
history is an attempt to plug their own ideological and political deficit.
This is why they have devised a new game plan since the past decade — to
misinform people and instigate in them hatred against open-minded youth. In
this process, the Hindutva forces are distorting history to hijack the
heroes of the freedom struggle, particularly, young revolutionaries like
Bhagat Singh, by portraying them as agents of  Hindu Rashtra.

The whole world knows that the death warrant for Bhagat Singh was issued on
October 7, 1930, and he was hanged on March 23, 1931.

There is, of course, a wider irony in the Hindutva groups’ disinformation
campaign.

In a letter to Sukhdev, dated April 5, 1929, Bhagat Singh wrote, “Love
elevates the character of an individual”.

“You asked me one thing, whether love ever proved helpful to any man. Yes,
I answer that question today. To Mazzini it was. You must have read that
after the utter failure and crushing defeat of his first rising he could
not bear the misery and haunting ideas of his dead comrades. He would have
gone mad or committed suicide but for one letter of a girl he loved. He
would become as strong as any one, nay stronger than all…

“As regards the moral status of love I may say that it in itself is nothing
but passion, not an animal passion, but a human one – and very sweet too.
Love in itself can never be an animal passion. Love always elevates the
character of man. It never lowers him, provided love be love.”

But, the insane hatred against Valentine’s Day being whipped up by Hindu
fundamentalists is spreading misinformation among the people with regard to
the country’s proud legacy of sacrifice for love. Bhagat Singh and his
comrades logically advocated the idea of an independent India which was to
be inclusive in nature, with strong bonds of commonality and rejection of
religion in matters related to the state. In simple terms, they were
against the formation of any Hindu rashtra or an Islamic state.

The distortion of history and facts by religious zealots, therefore,
reposes a greater responsibility on us to keep alive the ideals for which
these revolutionaries lived and died.


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