Today we asked TWO mature people, one a graduate from EAST Punjab, "Who is the most famous and venerated female in India since the beginning of history?"
We thought they will say, "SITA," wife of Lord Rama, but instead one replied, full of doubt and uncertainly in a questioning tone, "Indira Gandhi?"
NO, NOT AT ALL, we said. Try again!
"Sonia Gandhi," replied the other.
We could cry at the IGNORANCE of the Indian people. They are badly educated, living like the ANIMALS, hardly like the citizens of a free country.
No wonder Sonia KHAN from Italy is their "Rashtramata" now.
...Please read the following news item (April 9, 2002):
After 71 years, Ludhiana wakes up to demand monument for Sukhdev RAMESH VINAYAK
................Chandigarh, April 09, 07:56
Exactly 71 years after three freedom fighters - Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru-were hanged by the British government inside Lahore's Central Jail on March 23, 1931, Ludhiana has suddenly woken up to the demand for a monument in memory of Sukhdev at his birth place in the old city of Ludhiana.
On Sunday, 38-year-old Dilip Thapar, a local cloth merchant began his fast-unto-death protest at Daresi Ground, near Sukhdev's dilapidated ancestral house in Ludhiana's Nau Ghara locality. His demand: Punjab government must convert the place into a national memorial. And this demand is getting support from the local people, including descendants of Bhagat Singh.
Though forgotten for many years, Sukhdev' s birth place came to limelight only a few years ago, thanks to the untiring efforts of these spirited citizens.
Sadly, today the historic place, a three-storeyed building of old Nanakshahi bricks, is a picture of neglect only frequented by politicians on the martyrdom day.
All that reminds one of this innocuous house's connection to the martyr is a small marble plaque on it's front wall which reads: This is the birth place of Shri Sukhdev Singh, son of Shri Ram Lal . He was born on May 15, 1907 and was hanged by the British Government on March 23, 1931, in the Central jail in Lahore.
Asked about his protest fast, Dilip says he was pained to see the way Sukhdev's ancestral home was neglected by successive governments. He said he had always been proud to be a resident of the same locality - Nau Ghara and the same clan - Thapar - to which Sukhdev belonged.
"For me, the call of conscience came on March 23 this year," he said, while vehemently denying any political motive behind his campaign. "Getting Sukhdev's place declared as a national monument is now a sacred mission for me, " he said.
Sukhdev had lost his father at a young age, an event that forced him to shift to Lahore for his education under his elder uncle Lala Achint Ram, then a leading freedom fighter.
Lala Achint Ram was a friend of Bhagat Singh's family at Lyallpur (now Faislabad in Pakistan). It was in Lahore that Sukhdev and Bhagat Singh became freinds as students of Sikh National College where they took part in dramatics and soon became the founder members of the Indian Revolutionary Party, a militant organisation to force the British to accede freedom to India.
"Sukhdev was the closest and the most trusted friend of Bhagat Singh," says Shaheed Bhagat Singh's nephew Jagmohan Singh, who teaches at Ludhiana's Punjab Agricultural University and is also an author of the books on the martyrs.
Sukhdev was barely 24-year-old when he was sentenced to death because he was seen by the British rulers as an astute organiser of the Revolutionary Party. In fact, the title of the historic Lahore Conspiracy Case was :"Crown versus Sukhdev."
But, the local administration pleads lack of funds for it's inability to acquire and preserve Sukhdev's ancestral house.
"Only a liberal government aid can impart the place its befitting historic importance," says city's deputy Mayor Santosh Aneja.
Whether Dilip's fast-unto-death stirs the government into converting Sukhdev's ancestral house into a national monument is yet to be seen, but his gesture has surely struck an emotive chord with the common people in this industrial hub of the state.
"It' augurs well for reviving the spirit of sacrifice and patriotism among the young generation at a time when the country is passing through difficult times communalism," says Jagmohan - a sentiment echoed by Ludhiana residents.
They have NO money for genuine works but all the wealth for erecting statues of Gandhi all over the country.
Where is all that MONEYthat RAJIV GANDHI FOUNDATION, named after the notorious BOFORS CHOR, the so-called "Mr. Clean" of the Indian serfs, slaves and coolies? It should be frozen and all the assets should be placed at the disposal of Ludhiana city to raise a suitable memorial to martyr Sukhdev SINGH's memorial.
Let us also not forget that after LAHORE is brought back into India, the jail where these young men were hanged ought to be converted into a HINDU HOLOCAUST MUSUEM. At its entrance we should put the statue of a DOG and on its collar should be the name, JAWAHARLAL NEHRU.
Nehru surrendered the sacred soil of Lahore, with the blood of many martyrs, to fundamentalist, SEPARATIST islam in 1947 while yelling at the SIKHS, "They will have PAKISTAN. YOU DARE SQUEKA KHALISTAN!"