Lighting a candle for two heroes-Bhagat Singh and Pash

Lighting a candle for two heroes

 

PUNJAB Virasat Foundation (PVF) organised a documentary festival on the legacy of “the working class heroes,”  Shaheed Bhagat Singh and noted revolutionary poet Avtar Singh “Pash.” The foundation — in association

with Pash-Hansraj Yaadgar Committee — screened two documentaries at Pash’s native village Talwandi Salem in Punjab’s Jalandhar district on March 23. Rajeev Kumar, the founder president of the Virasat Foundation, says that the aim of the festival was to make the people understand the life and ideology of two of Punjab’s true heroes. The

foundation screened Main Haan Bhagat Singh (I am Bhagat Singh) — a short film on the life and ideology of the martyr and Apna Pash (Our own Pash) — a work documenting the late poet’s work and life. Pash was born in 1950. He grew

up in the midst of a revolutionary movement waged in Punjab against the landlords, industrialists and traders who control the means of production. In 1986, he got involved with the Anti-47 Front which opposed terrorism in Punjab. A group of Khalistani militants killed him on March 23, 1988 when Pash was in Punjab on a holiday from the US.

Punjab Virasat Foundation had also organised a documentary festival on the “Concerns of Punjab” in January. The festival focused on the falling water table in the state and the menace of female foeticide.

( With thanks from Mail Today, New Delhi 24th March 2010 )

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