People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)

Vol. XXX

No. 13

March 26, 2006

Carry Forward The Legacy Of Bhagat Singh



"LET us all take a pledge on this historic anniversary to work more resolutely for carrying forward the legacy of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his colleagues". This was the call given by CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat while participating in a function at the Party headquarters AKG Bhavan marking the 75th Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.


Party leaders and functionaries at the central office and mass organisation centres attended the meeting, proceedings of which were conducted by V Sreenivasa Rao, secretariat member. Prakash Karat and Polit Bureau members Sitaram Yechury, M K Pandhe, Chittabrata Majumdar and K Varadharajan along with all those attending the meeting paid floral tributes to the memory of Bhagat Singh.


Speaking on the occasion, Karat said that the Party is celebrating this historic anniversary all over the country through meetings, seminars and other activity as part of a campaign to spread the revolutionary legacy of these heroes among the people. The three main aspects of this legacy the heroic anti-imperialist struggle, the fight against communalism and the fundamental belief and struggle for socialism as a means to end exploitation are most relevant even in today's present context, said Karat.


The ruling classes collaboration with imperialism and their attempt to jettison our independent foreign policy must be fought vigorously by taking inspiration from Bhagat Singh, he said. The other aspect of Bhagat Singh has been that he recognised, at an early age,  that without ending the communal menace the country cannot move forward. That is why he was firm that religion and politics must be kept separate and the State should be totally secular. Struggle for this must be taken forward, said Karat.  Another important aspect of Bhagat Singh legacy is the fundamental belief he had on socialism alone being capable of building a society free from exploitation and therefore the need for revolution. "We are proud that the communist movement has taken forward all these three aspects of Bhagat Singh's legacy by making innumerable sacrifices. We shall work more resolutely for further carrying forward this legacy", so saying he ended his speech.


M K Pandhe in his brief remarks underlined the need to intensify class struggle along with anti-imperialist struggle. He highlighted the need to expose those who pay lip service to Bhagat Singh's legacy while in actuality seek friendship with imperialism. (INN)