Family, scholars welcome move
The family of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and many scholars have welcomed the Pakistani plan of preserving the martyr's village as a heritage site.chandigarh Updated: Feb 17, 2014 20:21 IST
The family of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and many scholars have welcomed the Pakistani plan of preserving the martyr's village as a heritage site.
Ludhiana professor Jagmohan Singh, a nephew of the martyr, said the Indian government should also participate in the process. "Our history of the Independence struggle and our heritage are common; our freedom fighters bind us together," he said, desiring that in a similar gesture, the Indian government also preserved the sites related to the freedom fighters whose families had migrated to Pakistan after Partition.
Chaman Lal, former professor at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and a noted scholar on the martyr's works, said the decision will help close the rift between the two countries "The credit goes to brave Pakistani officer Noorul Amin Mengal, who earlier started the move to name the roundabout at Shadman after Shaheed Bhagat Singh; and also to other civil society activists of Pakistan," he said.
London-based poet Amarjit Chandan, who has interest in preserving heritage, said it would be good for the village and the people living there. "Hope they won't change the name of the village, because that will amount to disrespecting the hero's memories. I don't think people will ever start using Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar for Nawanshahr," he said.