Had Bhagat Singh been alive, he’d have been proud of the mass upsurge against tyranny of a different kind — of the system and by the system — faced by the citizens of India.
As if on cue, the latest to join Anna Hazare's anti-corruption crusade is a team of 300 Sikhs from Punjab, led by freedom fighter Bhagat Singh’s nephew, Abhay Singh Sandhu.
On Tuesday afternoon, a rally was held from India Gate to Ramlila Ground in support of the Jan Lokpal Bill by members of the Sikh squad donning yellow turbans.
“We have come here from Chandigarh to support Anna’s fight for a strong Jan Lokpal Bill. My uncle laid down his life for the nation and if need be, we will also do the same,” said Sandhu, son of Bhagat Singh’s youngest brother Sardar Kulbir Singh, who landed in the Capital on Tuesday morning, along with 300 supporters.
Carrying portraits of Bhagat Singh, Anna supporters from Punjab joined the crowd at Ramlila Ground and shouted slogans in favour of an effective Jan Lokpal Bill.
“People are out on the streets across the nation and the message is clear. The government should bring in the Jan Lokpal bill to curb corruption or it should go to the people and seek a fresh mandate,” said stand-up comedian Bhagwant Mann (of Laughter Challenge fame), who also arrived in Delhi from Chandigarh to support Anna Hazare’s movement.
“Lakhs of people have come out to support Hazare. It certainly shows they have unflinching faith in the activist,” Mann added.
“Hazare’s fast has entered the eighth day and he’s still going strong. He has become an inspiration to billions of Indians across the globe. We’ll stage similar protests in Punjab and Chandigarh,” added Sandhu, also a member of the All-India Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial Trust.