Bhagat Singh

Letter to B. K. Dutt

Date  :  November, 1930
Transcription/Source  :
HTML Markup  :  Salil Sen for MIA, December, 2007
Copyright  : Published on MIA with the permission of and Shahid Bhagat Singh Research Committee.

[This letter gives an idea as to what Bhagat Singh expected from those comrades who would escape capital punishment.]

Central Jail,
November, 1930


The judgment has been delivered. I am condemned to death. In these cells, besides myself, there are many others prisoners who are waiting to be hanged. The only prayer of these people is that somehow or other they may escape the noose. Perhaps I am the only man amongst them who is anxiously waiting for the day when I will be fortunate enough to embrace the gallows for my ideal.

I will climb the gallows gladly and show to the world as to how bravely the revolutionaries can sacrifice themselves for the cause.

I will condemned to death, but you are sentenced to transportation for life. You will live and, while living, you will have to show to the world that the revolutionaries not only die for their ideals but can face every calamity. Death should not be a means to escape the worldly difficulties. Those revolutionaries who have by chance escaped the gallows for the ideal but also bear the worst type o tortures in the dark dingy prison cells.

Bhagat Singh

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