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Inquilab
Bhagat Singh on Religion & Revolution

Edited by:
  • S. Irfan Habib - Eminent historian and former Professor, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi

December 2018 | 220 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Extolled for his extraordinary courage and sacrifice, Bhagat Singh is one of our most venerated freedom fighters. He is valourised for his martyrdom, and rightly so, but in the ensuing enthusiasm, most of us forget, or consciously ignore, his contributions as an intellectual and a thinker. He not only sacrificed his life, like many others did before and after him, but he also had a vision of independent India.

In the current political climate, when it has become routine to appropriate Bhagat Singh as a nationalist icon, not much is known or spoken about his nationalist vision. Inquilab: Bhagat Singh on Religion and Revolution provides a corrective to such a situation by bringing together some of Bhagat Singh's seminal writings on his pluralist and egalitarian vision. In doing so, it compels the reader to see that while continuing to celebrate the memory of Bhagat Singh as a martyr and a nationalist, we must also learn about his intellectual legacy. This important book also makes a majority of these writings, hitherto only available in Hindi, accessible for the first time to the English-language readership.

 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
On Diverse Social and Political Issues: Some Incisive Comments
 
Universal Brotherhood, November 1924
 
Religion and Our Freedom Struggle, May 1928
 
Communal Riots and Their Solution, June 1928
 
The Problem of Untouchability, June 1928
 
Students and Politics, July 1928
 
Naujawan Bharat Sabha and the Evaluation of National Leadership
 
Manifesto of Naujawan Bharat Sabha, Punjab, Lahore, April, 1928.
 
Varied Views of the New Political Leaders, July 1928
 
Lala Lajpat Rai and the Youth, August 1928
 
Revolutionary Ideas
 
Why I Am an Atheist, October 1930
 
Introduction to the ‘Dreamland’, 15 January 1931
 
To Young Political Workers
 
What Is Revolution? Letter to Modern Review, 24 December 1929
 
The Real Meaning of Violence
 
Statement in the Sessions Court, 6 June 1929
 
Statement Filed in the Lahore High Court
 
Letter to Sukhdev Against Suicide
 
Some Reflections on the International Revolutionary Movement
 
What Is Anarchism, Part One, May 1928
 
What Is Anarchism, Part Two, June 1928
 
What Is Anarchism, Part Three, August 1928
 
Russian Nihilist Revolutionaries, August 1928
 
Insightful Excerpts from His Jail Notebook
Key features

·         Bhagat Singh is one of the most revered figures of the revolutionary phase of the Indian nationalist struggle.

·         These are some of his most important writings on topics that are burning issues in our country right now—religion, caste, women’s rights, and nation.

·         Most of the writings are being translated to English for the first time.

·         Bhagat Singh writes incisively and with an intellectual maturity which is far beyond the young age at which he wrote these.



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ISBN: 9789352808373
$14.99