Today, India celebrates the 87th Martyrdom day of the fearless freedom fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh. The legendary revolutionary who revolted against the British is popular for his slogan, “Inquilab Zindabad” which inspired people all over India.
While he was praised for his intellect, he was also a voracious reader who had a profound interest in books of the different genre.
On his 87th death anniversary, We present you the list of 5 books which inspired him in jail:
- The Iron Heel, Jack London
The book tells the story of Everhard who is too politically involved and is doomed to die while she also hints at the possibility of living in the people’s memory as a hero. Well! Bhagat Singh is alive in our memories for his contributions.
- Emile, Jean-Jacques Rousseau
This is one of the great works of Jacques Rousseau in which he speaks about ways to educate a child in order to retain his/her goodness after being a part of a corrupt society. Indeed, Bhagat knew how to fight his way out in a corrupt world.
- Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
The moral values of the novel resonate with Bhagat Singh portraying that criminal activity is acceptable if it is done for a good and noble cause.
- The Rights of Man, Thomas Paine
Paine’s book accepts the idea of Bhagat Singh and freedom fighters that a people-led political revolution is permissible when the government don’t go along with the interests of its citizens.
- State and Revolution, Vladimir Lenin
This was the book which Singh was reading during the time of his execution, It is said that at that point of time also he was still busy reading Lenin’s book while in the end he threw the book up into the air and said, “Let’s go.” What an inspiring man!
Well! one must read his books as these moral values are still required in today’s modern era.