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State forgets its heroes on big day

I watched Rang De Basanti in US- ...HOUSE FULL? we got to see a nice movie after a long time. Kudos to every actor in the movie who made it so lively. Posted by Kalpana on Jan 30, ?06.

india Updated: Aug 11, 2006 01:52 IST

I watched Rang De Basanti in US-  ...HOUSE FULL… we got to see a nice movie after a long time. Kudos to every actor in the movie who made it so lively.
Posted by Kalpana on Jan 30, ’06

The movie is xcellent, good thought, good direction, xcellent music, the Kakori story going on in the film was beautifully linked to the main story of the film, Aamir is brilliant
Posted by Saurabh also on Jan 30

These are just two of the endless number of messages posted on the blog-spots in the Internet on Rang De Basanti. And those who watched it might never forget Kakori and the train dacoity that took place there on August 9, 1925. But this big event of the Indian struggle for independence went largely unnoticed on Wednesday, the 81st anniversary of the incident, in its ‘heartland’. No government function, no nothing. Reason: It was Raksha Bandhan, a holiday.

As if to make up for the lapse, a small programme was, however, organised on Thursday at the memorial in Kakori by the district administration to pay tributes to Ramprasad Bismil, Ashfaqullah Khan, Chandrashekhar Azad, Rajendra Lahiri, and Roshan Singh. So much for the martyrs and their martyrdom.

What better example of it than the memorial itself. The walls and roof of the memorial (Kakori Shaheed Mandir) are damp and one just hopes the knee-high shrubbery surrounding the memorial, inaugurated by Indira Gandhi in 1983, will not grow further to make it completely invisible one day. All public conveniences—drinking water facility and toilets —-are out of function.

Only a chowkidar is there to take care of the entire memorial, which was built bang at the spot where these dare devils had looted the train to fund our struggle for freedom. The train route is still functional though the tracks obviously are not the same on which the Eight Down ran 81 years ago.

Proudly written at several spots of the memorial is “Sarfaroshi ki tammana ab hamare dil mein hai, Dekhna hai zor kitna baaju-e-kaatil mein hai.” This was the verse with which Bismil and his men challenged the British regime. Interestingly, it was the same verse Aamir and his friends used in the movie to challenge corruption in the system.