Two Indian youths travelled 21,444 kms across India to create awareness about Bhagat Singh
Some people make their parents proud, but few make their country proud – Indian Army
Many of us know that 23rd March is celebrated as Martyr’s Day (Sarvodaya Day or Shaheed Diwas), however, the Government of India has not officially declared 23rd March as Martyr’s Day. To spread this awareness, two youngsters, Vickrant Singh and Jeet Gupta, hailing from Bihar and Jharkhand have crisscrossed the entire country in 84 days to demand that Shaheed Bhagat Singh should be officially accorded the status of martyr.
Vickrant Singh and Jeet Gupta travelled 21,444 km across India on their bikes. The duo started their journey from Pune on 2nd August, 2015 by travelling as far as Jammu and Kashmir in the north, West Bengal in the east, parts of Karnataka, Kerela in the south and Gujarat, Rajasthan in the west before concluding their trip at their originating point on 23rd October,2015, the day when Diwali was celebrated across the country.
Bhagat Singh should be given the status of martyr and also should be awarded with Bharat Ratna. We have collected signatures of people for the demand from across the country and we will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi very soon , said Jeet Gupta, a graduate from a prominent acting school in Mumbai.
On their trip, Vickrant and Jeet got to know that, Bhagat Singh is remembered as Shaheed-e-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh by the old generation. When asked about Bhagat Singh to a farmer in Orissa, the farmer replied, Shaheed-e-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh is in the heart but not in our Constitution. When asked to young kids, many were not aware. In Ladakh, a schoolgirl told Bhagat Singh as an extremist, as mentioned in their school textbooks.
In days to come, the duo have plans to undertake another journey in major parts of the country on their 2002 Royal Enfield bike to create awareness about the unsung heroes of the freedom struggle. Vickrant felt that the country can tide over social ills like corruption, crime against women and underdevelopment when people have a sense of national pride.
We should focus more on instilling the sense of patriotism among the younger generation so that they could work for the country selflessly, said Vickrant.
Let us give tribute to this day by lighting a candle and pay tribute to the sacrifices of Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar, who were hanged to death by the British on this day and other revolutionary leaders like Khudiram Bose. Jai Hind.
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