Bhagat Singhs books not rotting in Lahore

Bhagst SinghDyal Singh Research and Cultural Forum (DRCF) director Dr Zafar Cheema said on Friday that Bhagat Singh’s books were not rotting in a lower trial court of Lahore.

He was commenting on the statement of Prof Jagmohan Singh, nephew of Bhagat Singh. Prof Singh had said on Wednesday, “This heritage of our great freedom struggle still lying as ‘Malkhana Record’ in a lower trial court of Lahore.”

On Bhagat Singh’s birthday celebrations (September 1) Governor Lt Gen (r) Khalid Maqbool had ordered the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) to form a committee to renovate Bhagat Singh’s hometown. ETPB chairman Lt Gen (r) Zulfiqar Khan said a committee had been formed on September 7 to display and preserve Bhagat Singh’s possessions.

Dr Cheema said Prof Singh had not mentioned the name of the court, as there were dozens of courts in Lahore. He said the Sikh Encyclopedia by Harbans Singh, a teacher at Punjabi University Patiala, India, and AG Noorani’s books The Trial of Bhagat Singh and The Politics of Justice had not given a single reference regarding Bhagat Singh’s books. “From September 1 to September 3 we celebrate Bhagat Singh’s birthday in which a large number of Indian Sikhs also participate,” he said, “I have contacted many Indian scholars to comment on Prof Singh’s statement, but they refused.” The EPTB chairman said Bhagat Singh’s school and the ground where he (Bhagat Singh) used to play would be renovated.

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