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Parliament to have Bhagat Singh's statue

delhi Updated: Sep 28, 2007 22:00 IST

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An eighteen feet tall statue of Bhagat Singh, revolutionary hero of the Indian freedom struggle, will be installed in the premises of Parliament.

This was disclosed by Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee at a book release function in New Delhi on Friday evening.

The book Without Fear: The Life and Trial of Bhagat Singh is written by eminent journalist Kuldip Nayar.

The Speaker said the dilemma before him was that more than one donor has come forward for the installation of the statue. "But that will be sorted out soon," he said.

He said unlike today when most people think only about themselves, Bhagat Singh had sacrificed his life for the country.

The revolutionary hero's views are relevant even today, since India is emerging as a country of extremes, and need to be interpreted very seriously, he added.

"On one side, India is witnessing a constantly growing number of billionaires and on the other there is a very high number of poor."

He said, "Bhagat Singh had visualised a united India, free from communalism, casteism, superstitions, reactionary values and moribund traditions."

The author of the book, Nayar, said Bhagat Singh was a revolutionary who did not believe in violence.

"Even in today's world violence is no option for bringing about a change. I believe that a call for an armed struggle in India is wrong. Change has to come through Parliament."

"Bhagat Singh had explained revolution in his speeches in court proceedings. He could have evaded arrest after throwing a bomb in the legislative assembly, but he chose otherwise," he pointed out.