During pre-Independence, political leaders were ready to make big sacrifices, even their lives.

Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru, Chandrashekhar Azad were prominent among them. After Independence, every political leader wants the nation to sacrifice, a characteristic change in India's contemporary politics, which was never even dreamt by freedom fighters.

This is the order of the day, where sacrifice for social or national cause is a rare thing. So much has been lost to modernity and cultural influence from the West that every teenager eagerly waits for Valentine's Day on February 14. But how many teenagers or even those delivering speeches on patriotism know that February14, 1931, was the day when a British court sentenced Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajuguru to death. This was the question directly posed to stir up moral conscience and subject the audience for introspection even as they converged for a theme-based music concert, “Ek Sham Shahidonke Naam”, to pay tributes to the three martyrs and other freedom fighters who had sacrificed their lives for the country's Independence, at the sprawling Lele ground in Tilakwadi on Sunday night.

The event was organised and presented by Abhay Patil, MLA. The songs selected for the evening were all patriotic and “super hits”. The songs of contemporary musicians and composers were also sung to an emotionally charged audience.

Mr. Patil said the event was being organised every year in this city with a view to inculcating patriotic fervour and values among youngsters through music.

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