30 May 2015
Homage to Martyrs - 50th anniversary of the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru, Sukhdev, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Hari Kishan and Mallapa Dhanashetti 23.3.1981
India’s struggle for freedom was a long drawn-out battle. Though it actually began in the second half of the 19th century, isolated attempts were made in various parts of the country about a century earlier. It took over 100 years for the struggle to gain full momentum.
The repressive measures of the British failed to crush the spirit of revolutionaries. Theirs was a life of suffering, imprisonment, inhuman torture and death. These revoltionaries had two objectives, to awaken the masses and to paralyse the administration. They achieved these objectives to a large extent which eventually helped in the liberation of the country. Many made the supreme sacrifice in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Non-Co-operation, Civil Disobedience and the Quit India Movements under the Leadership of the Father of the Nation. Another well organised group of freedom fighters was the Indian National Army which fought against the British during the Second World War.
On the 50th anniversary of the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru, Sukhdev, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Hari Kishan and Mallapa Dhanashetti, Indian P& T Department joins the Nation in Paying homage to all the men and women, know and unknown, who laid down their lives so that India may be free.