Remembering Bhagat Singh

Remembering Bhagat Singh

On the day Bhagat Singh became a martyr, we share this interview with Chaman Lal. While many of us do recognise Bhagat Singh as an icon of India’s freedom struggle and national movement, many know little of what he did, and then juxtapose his contributions in the current political scenario. Here, D. Raghunandan of Newsclick speaks to…

The Use and Abuse of History

The Use and Abuse of History

A number of intellectuals, civil society groups and activists came together at a two-day conclave on the theme “Idea of India: Two years of P.M. Modi, State of the Nation” at New Delhi’s India International Centre on May 23 and 24, 2016.  Here, historian Mridula Mukherjee addresses a panel on “The Use and Abuse of…

On the Legacy of Bhagat Singh

On the Legacy of Bhagat Singh

Bhagat Singh, circa 1929. (Sourced from Wikipedia) Bhagat Singh, the legendary Indian freedom fighter,  is credited by some as one of the revolutionaries who ushered in a new chapter in India’s struggle for independence.  In this special sit-down for Newsclick, D. Raghunandan of the Delhi Science Forum and Professor Chaman Lal, Bhagat Singh’s biographer,  discuss…

Letter to Young Political Workers

Letter to Young Political Workers

Jackson Pollock, Mural / University of Iowa Museum of Art   February 2, 1931 To The Young Political Workers. Dear Comrades: Our movement is passing through a very important phase at present. After a year's fierce struggle some definite proposals regarding the constitutional reforms have been formulated by the Round Table Conference and the Congress…

Periyar and Ambedkar on Bhagat Singh

Periyar and Ambedkar on Bhagat Singh

Bhagat Singh was hanged to death on March 23,  1931, in Lahore.  We reproduce here two articles, “Bhagat Singh” by Periyar E.V. Ramasamy, first published on March 29 that year, and “Three Victims”, an editorial by B.R. Ambedkar published on April 13, 1931. Jackson Pollock / MoMA Bhagat Singh Periyar E.V. Ramasamy Editorial in Periyar’s…