India to ask Pak to renovate Bhagat Singh’s house
The CPI General Secretary Bardhan has shot off a letter to the PM drawing his attention to the dilapidated condition of the house, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.delhi Updated: May 08, 2007 23:48 IST
India would soon put up a request to Pakistan to renovate and restore freedom fighter Bhagat Singh’s ancestral house and the school he attended in Pakistan.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in response to a letter from CPI General Secretary AB Bardhan, has assured the veteran communist leader that the matter would be urgently taken up with Pakistani authorities.
Bardhan had earlier written to the prime minister asking him to take up the issue of restoration of the house where Bhagat Singh stayed and the school where he studies in the Lyallpur district of Pakistan. Before partition, the district was part of the undivided Punjab.
In a letter to the CPI leader, Singh said he would be asking the Ministry of External Affairs to "raise these with the government of Pakistan appropriately." India is commemorating the centenary of Singh's birth this year.
Bardhan had last month shot off a letter to the Prime Minister drawing his attention to the "bad and dilapidated condition" of the house where Singh was born and the primary school, which he had attended.
The CPI leader had written and demanded that the school, established by Bhagat Singh's grandfather Arjun Singh, and the house in Lyallpur should be renovated and converted into an international heritage site.
"Pakistani people cherish Bhagat Singh's memory as well as we in India do. This will be fitting tribute to the memory of the immortal martyr in the centenary year," he had said in the letter.
Bhagat Singh was born in a Sikh family of farmers in the village of Banga of Layallpur district on September 27, 1907. His grandfather Arjun Singh was drawn to Arya Samaj and took keen interest in proceedings of the Indian National Congress.
Bhagat Singh's father Kishen Singh and uncle Ajit Singh were members of Ghadr Party founded in the U.S. in early years of this century to route British rule in India. Both were jailed for alleged anti-British activities.