Youths recall Bhagat Singh in Lucknow on Martyrs Day on 23 March 2018. (Photo – Caravan Daily)

If Bhagat Singh were alive today, he would oppose demonstration in support of rapists: Shehla Rashid

Ghazanfar Abbas | Caravan Daily

LUCKNOW: Remembering freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, people from different walks of life observed 23rd March as Martyr Day here on Friday.  Youths and elderly, artists, social activists and educationists gathered in large number on the bank of Gomti river and recalled Bhagat Singh and other martyrs Sukhdev and Rajguru.

In an emotional and hard-hitting speech, renowned youth leader and JNU research scholar Shehla Rashid recalled Bhagat Singh in the current scenario.

“During the previous government (of Congress-led UPA) we had led a mass movement against rapes. At that time, we raised several questions to end sexual harassment of women. But today, rallies are being taken out in support of rapists of a child girl. This kind of despicable politics is going on in our country at present and we all know very well who is doing all this,” said Shehla.

Youths recall Bhagat Singh on the banks of Gomti River in Lucknow on Martyrs Day on 23 March 2018. (Photo – Caravan Daily)

“If Bhagat Singh were alive today, he would definitely ask as to why a rally in support of rapist is being taken out,” said she while referring to rape with a minor nomad girl in Jammu & Kashmir. A protest demonstration was taken out by a Hindu right outfit Hindu Ekta Manch in support of the accused and some BJP lawmakers had reportedly supported the demonstration.

Shehla cited various other issues on which, she said, Bhagat Singh would have an approach very different from that of the current regime.

“He would also raise question about employment to youths. He would definitely question the current system of governance,” said Shehla, former vice president of JNU Students Union. “If he were alive he would ask to end the oppression in the name of Aadhaar card.”

The program was also addressed by JNU research scholar and former JNUSU president Mohit Pandey.

At the end, holding torch lights in their hands youths sang revolutionary songs and recited poetry. Author Kiran Singh also recited a letter of Bhagat Singh which he wrote to Indian Government under British rule from jail before his execution.


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