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Friday, 21 March 2014 - 2:59pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

Born on 28 September 1907, Bhagat Singh is considered one of the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement. For all the 23 years that he lived, he established his own ideologies and struggled to get India free from the Britishers. Today is Bhagat Singh's death anniversary and the 83rd Martyrdom Day.
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Man and Mankind : "I am a man and all that affects mankind concerns me" - (Page 43 of Jail notebook) 

Aim of life : “The aim of life is no more to control the mind, but to develop it harmoniously; not to achieve salvation here after, but to make the best use of it here below; and not to realise truth, beauty and good only in contemplation, but also in the actual experience of daily life; social progress depends not upon the ennoblement of the few but on the enrichment of democracy; universal brotherhood can be achieved only when there is an equality of opportunity - of opportunity in the social, political and individual life.” 

- (Page 124 of Jail notebook) 

"Every tiny molecule of Ash is in motion with my heat I am such a Lunatic that I am free even in Jail."

- (Jail note book)

“Lovers, Lunatics and poets are made of same stuff.”

- (Jail note book)

"If the deaf are to hear, the sound has to be very loud. When we dropped the bomb, it was not our intention to kill anybody. We have bombed the British Government. The British must quit India and make her free."

- (Page 82 of Jail notebook)

"One should not interpret the word “Revolution” in its literal sense. Various meanings and significances are attributed to this word, according to the interests of those who use or misuse it. For the established agencies of exploitation it conjures up a feeling of blood stained horror. To the revolutionaries it is a sacred phrase."

- (Letter published in The Tribune - 25th december, 1929)

"Non-violence is backed by the theory of soul-force in which suffering is courted in the hope of ultimately winning over the opponent. But what happens when such an attempt fail to achieve the object? It is here that soul-force has to be combined with physical force so as not to remain at the mercy of tyrannical and ruthless enemy."

- (As quoted in The Sikh Review, Volume 55, page 173)

"…by crushing individuals, they cannot kill ideas."

- (Jail Note Book)

"The sanctity of law can be maintained only so long as it is the expression of the will of the people."

"Life is lived on its own…other’s shoulders are used only at the time of funeral."

- (Jain Note Book)

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