"Shaheedon ki chitaaon par lageinge har baras mele ????
Watan pe mitne walon ka yehee bakee nishaan hoga"?
23rd March 1931: Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev sacrificed their lives for the cause of our freedom - not just political but also social.
23rd March, 2011: 80 years later, we get together to remember the sacrifices of the martyrs and remind ourselves of the unfulfilled dream.
Sankalp India Foundation organized the Candle Light vigil to commemorate the sacrifice of the legendary revolutionary martyrs at dusk of the 23rd March. 50 odd people from different walks of life got together at Sankey tank to remember the martyrs, sing songs to their praise shout slogans in their glory and remind themselves that the freedom that was dreamt by the martyrs is not yet achieved.
"I am like a discharged battery when I come for this program year after year. Somehow life takes away all the energy and passion. But after I remember the martyrs and sing praises to their names, I go back as a completely recharged person - full of passion and energy - back to serve my nation with full force" says Lalith Parmar, a senior Sankalp Volunteer.
It is heartwarming to see the change that the small program propagates all around it. Suddenly people start talking about doing things. People start talking about the ways in which a person can make a positive impact to the society. Truly, the revolutionary martyrs have left their mark way beyond the years in which they lived. They inspire and motivate people - even today.
Shaheed Diwas is a day very close to the hearts of the Sankalp volunteers. The motive of the program is not to remind people about what happened on that day alone. The greater importance is attached to reminding ourselves of the freedom and the opportunity for which thousands of people have given away their lives. "We got freedom. We got rights. What about the duties?", asked one of the attendees. That’s the question we ask ourselves. And year after year, we go back with the promise of being more worthwhile sons and daughters of our mother - our mother India.