25 September, 2020

Revolution, An Unfinished Song

This volume has material on Bhagat Singh plus his essays and prison notebooks, but is marked by shoddy lack of context and refusal to probe the one prickly issue

Revolution, An Unfinished Song
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2019-10-12T10:39:37+05:30

This ‘Reader’ on Bhagat Singh brings together material on Bhagat Singh and other revolutionaries of the 1920s. It contains some of Bhagat Singh’s writings, many writings on him and some material on his contemporaries. Bhagat Singh himself is visible only in bits and pieces. Anyone who wishes to focus on him would do well to consult the online internet archivists in marxist.org created by the Marxists Internet Archives.

This compilation begins with a long essay, Reading Bhagat Singh, by Chaman Lal, introducing the legend. Here, Lal traces some of the history of interest shown by people in Bhagat Singh, how his ideas evolved and their influence. The introduction is preceded with a note on compilation and editing that provides an interesting history of discovering material about Bhagat Singh.  

The introduction is followed by six sec­ti­ons. The first comprises a number of let­­ters/telegrams written by Bhagat Singh. Then there is the text of two posters explaining the killing of Saun­ders and text of the pamphlet...

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