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Updated: October 1, 2012 09:16 IST

It’s now Bhagat Singh Chowk in Lahore

Anita Joshua
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Revolutionary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.
The Hindu Revolutionary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.

It was here that Bhagat Singh was hanged to death on March 23, 1931, for his role in the Lahore Conspiracy Case

Lahore city officials have finally given in to a long-standing demand of peace activists regarding the renaming of Shadman Chowk after revolutionary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.

The decision was announced on Saturday, his 105th birth anniversary.

Dawn on Sunday reported from Lahore that District Coordination Officer Noorul Amin Mengal had directed the City District Government to rename Shadman Chowk as Bhagat Singh Chowk. It was here that Bhagat Singh was hanged to death on March 23, 1931, for his role in the Lahore Conspiracy Case.

Renaming the roundabout has been hanging fire since 2001 when civil society activists began demanding that Shadman Chowk’s old name be restored. After Bhagat Singh was hanged there, the place bore his name till 1947 when it was christened Shadman Chowk.

For years now, on Bhagat Singh’s birth and death anniversaries, peace activists have been converging at the roundabout to pay tribute to the revolutionary son of the soil. At the previous such gathering in March, they even threatened to go to court if their demand was not met. These vigils have not always been easy because those participating in them often get billed as traitors for honouring the memory of someone perceived to be an ‘Indian’ hero.

In fact, over the last couple of years, these activists had made it a point to refer to Shadman Chowk as ‘Bhagat Singh Chowk’ to register their determination to challenge the official historical narrative that has sought to project Pakistan’s history through a narrow prism.

According to Madeeha Gohar, whose theatre group Ajoka, has done a play on Bhagat Singh titled Mera Rang De Basanti Chola, Pakistan needs to acknowledge the role of others outside the Muslim League in the fight for independence; irrespective of caste or creed.

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I appreciate the honour for a fearless and true patriot, however, why Rajguru and Sukhdev's names are ignored ?

from:  Rohit
Posted on: Oct 1, 2012 at 20:45 IST

Hindu/MUSLIM nations, BRITISH TWINS,
Readers, must note that British initiated the idea of ' biblical indo-euro-aryan botherhood or 'hindu renaissance'in 1790s-1800s in bengal-&also the idea' future hindu india'; Rest is reaction/counter reaction as noted by Lajpat rai who noted " british supported hindus in first 100 yrs and then switiced to muslims"; have detailed this in my ' urdu/hindi an artificial divide"exposing the british&religious/linguistic racism fraud that helped plundered india.
Partition movement was the last stage in the game. BUT Lahore's renaming and also " blasphemy law" for pakistani hindus are great episodes/stages towards indo-pak/&hindu-muslim peace. THE HINDU,must be commended for highlighting these events.

from:  Dr abdul jamil khan
Posted on: Oct 1, 2012 at 20:11 IST

Though we are naming ourselves Democratic still we are dumping in Political Dynasties and naming the government structures/schemes with so called famalies.Atleast this should be an eye opening for us to memorize and honour our respect to the freedom fighters who shed their blood to our Mother Land.

from:  Praveen
Posted on: Oct 1, 2012 at 18:43 IST

Sardar Bhagat Singh fought for freedom of entire undivided India. I really appreciate this news from Pakistan, which shows that there is a hope of reconciliation between our two nations, which are actually twin brothers and joined at hip actucally.

from:  shrenik jain
Posted on: Oct 1, 2012 at 18:29 IST

@Tipu Qaimkhani, I think you have confused yourself when you said "Although, I hope our children don't confuse his cause with ours. Bhagat Singh's cause was to free India from colonial rule, Pakistan's struggle was to create a new nation." Please note that when Bhagat Singh fought against Colonial rule, he or nobody even thought that Pakistan and India would separate one day. He fought for "undivided" India then against British rule.

from:  Venkat
Posted on: Oct 1, 2012 at 14:13 IST

Atleast someone remembers Bhagat Singh now. Kudos. I hope Indians also start thinking the great leaders like Bhagat Singh, Nethaji etc who also gave their time and self for the Independent India

from:  Christie Samuel
Posted on: Oct 1, 2012 at 13:48 IST

Thats great news to respect our freedom fighters. We thank to the peace activists of Pakistan too for their effort. Bhagat Singh did not fight for India but Undivided India.

from:  Manmohan Minhas
Posted on: Oct 1, 2012 at 12:48 IST

Indian government especially the current one and the Media should really
take a point the this one. Govt. has been naming every new building/road
and even government schemes after nehru/gandhi families. Enough of it.
Dont they think they also need to recognize other great leaders who have
done and achieved a lot more than nehrus and gandhis ?

from:  Sudheendra
Posted on: Oct 1, 2012 at 11:05 IST

What is - "christened" Shadman chowk - it sounded more religious. should
have been "Named as Shadman chowk"...
However the action is commendable in the memory of a great national
patriot....

from:  Sripad
Posted on: Oct 1, 2012 at 10:25 IST

We really apreciate such move by any Government. Sir Bhagat singh sacrifice his life not for Hindu not for Muslim but for the Nation.
Hats off for this move by Pakistan Government.

from:  Md Adil Rais
Posted on: Oct 1, 2012 at 09:58 IST

for the last few years activists had been trying hard for this. it must
have been a dangerous job for the committed and sensitive people -
amidst all the mayhem Pakistan is sadly going thru'. although largely
symbolic, it is still heartening. as long as at least a few informed and
courageous people are around, there is hope for the country

from:  Anirbond
Posted on: Oct 1, 2012 at 09:33 IST

nice

from:  Suman
Posted on: Oct 1, 2012 at 07:37 IST

This is something we all Indians should admire that Pakistan has finally
agreed to rename the Shadman Chowk back to Bhagat Singh Chowk. There are
some good elements in Pakistan who recognize the participants in freedom
movement regardless of their religion , caste or creed.

from:  Krishna Shetty
Posted on: Oct 1, 2012 at 02:17 IST

WoW!! India has yet not given Bhagat Singh much deserved respect. Most of the key places/buildings have been reserved for Gandhi & Nehru family...what an irony..atleast somebody has taken this inititative...respect for these activists....

from:  Rakhee
Posted on: Oct 1, 2012 at 00:25 IST

I salute the perseverance and this is another time for us all to cherish India and Pakistan together and Pakistan has shown that we could be good neighbours as well. It is land mark decision and I am sure millions would be very much excited about it. Lahore will be the binding city between India and Pakistan-- I wished I lived 100 years before in 1912 now and will be thrilled to meet all who lived in 1912--it is love story 1912.

from:  krish
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 at 23:55 IST

Such decisions and recognitions are long over due in Pakistan. This is definitely a good start on part of Pakistani authorities to foster an environment of tolerance and love regardless of caste, creed or religion. Kudos to the organizations who made this happen!!

from:  Mohit Khanna
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 at 23:26 IST

As an expatriate Pakistani I welcome this news if it is a real story.

from:  S. Tanwir Hasan
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 at 23:17 IST

The Right Step.

from:  Soundararajan Srinivasa
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 at 23:06 IST

This is commendable. I salute these activists.

from:  Ankit Bhadana
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 at 22:49 IST

Wonderful news to read. A human being to be respected throughout the
world.

from:  sandeep
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 at 22:30 IST

"Pakistan needs to acknowledge the role of others outside the Muslim League in the fight for independence; irrespective of caste or creed" Bhagat Singh should be held in high esteem for his commitment to his cause. Although, I hope our children don't confuse his cause with ours. Bhagat Singh's cause was to free India from colonial rule, Pakistan's struggle was to create a new nation.

from:  Tipu Qaimkhani
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 at 22:13 IST

The Lahore District Goverment has made the right decision Of Renaming
the Road Bhagat Singh Shaheed Road, to show respect for the man who took
on the Britishers for the right to Independance

from:  Murtaza
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 at 21:42 IST

A welcome action from Pakistan.

from:  Nandan
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 at 21:25 IST

Heartiest Congratulations to all the activists!!

from:  Sourabh
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 at 21:00 IST

The contribution of legends like Bhagat Singh to the cause of freedom
movement should be viewed in the right perspective by both the
Governments and People of India and Pakistan alike. The decision of the
Lahore administration is the manifestation of such an attitude.

from:  Amit Kumar Jha
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 at 20:54 IST
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