Haridwar, August 21
Legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh and founder of The Tribune Dyal Singh Majithia were inspired by Swami Dayanand’s teachings, claimed Prof Harmahendra Singh Bedi of Punjabi University, Patiala, who was at Gurukul Kangri University here today.
Prof Bedi said Bhagat Singh used to chant Gayatri Mantra and was well versed in Rig Veda. His grandfather Arjun Singh also followed Dayanand’s teachings and passed on to young Bhagat Singh.
He said: "Dyal Singh Majithia was so impressed with Swami Dayanand that he had even organised a 21-day religious convention for the latter in Lahore."
Bedi, who has done an extensive research on Bhagat Singh, said the freedom fighter used to play hockey and write a diary that had been kept at DAV College, Ambala. “He had won the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan Prayag award numerous times, which speak volumes about his perfection in the language. He had even acted in Bharatendu Harish Chandra’s skit ‘Bharat Durdasha’," said Bedi, while reading a copy of the details of Bhagat Singh’s trial at Gurukul Kangri University today.
He further said Bhagat Singh was also influenced by Madan Lal Dhingra and used to keep his photograph in pocket. He would regularly read Bhagwad Gita and the books of Lenin and Marx.
However, Bedi lamented that the younger generation was not aware of the lives of the legendary heroes.
Bedi also shared an incident related with Bhagat Singh with TNS. He said: "On March 23, 1931, when Bhagat Singh was hanged, his body was thrown into the Sutlej after cutting it into pieces and burning it. However, a local residents kept one of his charred bones in a Tribune newspaper, which is still at a museum at Khatkhar Kalan village in Nawanshahr, Punjab, where the legendary freedom fighter was born on September 27, 1907."

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