Bhagat Singh, an Indian revolutionary socialist who was on forefront and influential in the Indian independence movement is now after 68yrs of independence referred as the “Terrorist” in a Delhi University textbook. This shocking factual mistake by Delhi University may create a controversy further. The book which has become the matter of debate here is ‘India’s Struggle for Independence’. Abhey Singh Sandhu, Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s nephew on Wednesday spoke on the controversy over this legendary freedom fighter being labeled as `revolutionary terrorist` as extremely unfortunate. Here’s the report.
Sandhu told news agency ANI that, “This is a very sad precedent that even after 68 years of Independence such words are used for the revolutionaries, who gave their lives for the freedom of the nation. The Britishers, who hanged Bhagat Singh, described him as `truly revolutionary` in their judgment, even they didn`t use words like terror or terrorism.”
“Using such words for revolutionaries in an attempt to stir controversy is very unfortunate,” he added. He further added that the book by Bipin Chandra in 1990 was revised later in which Bhagat Singh was termed as a revolutionary and not a terrorist.
“But where that new edition has gone, nobody knows. This thing has been there since past 26 years, it should have been removed. I would urge the government to roll back the concerned book and re-issue it with amendments,” he added.
As reported by the media, the history textbook prescribed by the Delhi University labels Bhagat Singh as a `revolutionary terrorist`.
Chapter 20 of the book calls Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Surya Sen and others as ‘revolutionary terrorists’. The book has also mentioned Chittagong movement a `terrorist act`, Moreover, the revenge killing of Saunders has been mentioned as ‘act of terrorism’.
The freedom fighter`s family has demanded the HRD Ministry look into this matter and make reliable changes in the textbook. Many authors and well-known historians have insisted the concerned officials to omit the reference from the book.