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Gandhi could save Bhagat Singh

Gandhi could save Bhagat Singh

The time when anti-British feelings were rising in common man. A commission under the Sir John Simon was appointed by the British government in 1928 and there was not a single Indian member on this commission. Against this commission Lala Lajpat Rai and Pandit Malaviya, protested with a silent march with thousand of persons. During the march, Lala Lajpat Rai was beaten very badly with a wooden rod by the Police Chief Scott ,which results death of lalaji.

Bhagat Singh decided to take revenge. They planned to kill the police chief Scott with the help of Azad, Rajguru and Sukhdev. But mistakenly they killed a junior officer Sanders.  This incident was the main reason behind the hanging of the three revolutionaries, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. Before they were hanged to death, people’s expectations were on Gandhi that he can save the three revolutionaries.  They were hanged on 23 March, 1931 and their bodies were cut and cremated on the bank of Satluj River in Ferozepur
Gandhi had always opposed Bhagat Singh’s strategy. He was against militant nationalism that Bhagat Singh had started. In Bhagat-executionfact, this movement along with the left-wing activity was considered harmful for India’s freedom struggle by Gandhi.  But that doesn’t mean his feeling were lukewarm towards his execution. Many believe that Gandhi could have saved Bhagat Singh and his comrades, if he wished too but he did not.

On asking at the Karachi session of Congress, Gandhi said,
“I pleaded with the Viceroy as best as I could. I brought all the persuasion at my command to bear on him. On the day fixed for the final interview with Bhagat Singh’s relations, I wrote a letter to the Viceroy on the morning of 23 March. I poured my whole soul into it, but to no avail. I might have done one thing more. I might have made the commutation a term of the settlement”.

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