Chandigarh airport will be renamed after freedom fighter Bhagat Singh: Chandigarh airport will be renamed after freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced today on his monthly radio address “Mann Ki Baat”. The move is being seen as BJP’s one-up against the Aam Aadmi Party over the martyred legend’s legacy. Click here to join telegram study group →
Chandigarh International Airport (Shaheed Bhagat Singh Airport) is a customs airport serving the union territory Chandigarh, and the adjoining cities of Mohali, Punjab, and Panchkula, Haryana, respectively. The airport’s runway is located in the union territory of Chandigarh, while the terminal is located on the south side of the runway in the village of Jhiurheri, Mohali. The airport caters to six domestic airlines and connects Chandigarh to 17 domestic destinations and 2 international destinations. The airport was awarded as the ‘Best Airport by Hygiene Measures’ in Asia-Pacific in 2021, by Airports Council International.
Bhagat Singh was a charismatic Indian revolutionary who participated in the mistaken murder of a junior British police officer in what was to be retaliation for the death of an Indian nationalist.
He later took part in a largely symbolic bombing of the Central Legislative Assembly in Delhi and a hunger strike in jail, which—on the back of sympathetic coverage in Indian-owned newspapers—turned him into a household name in Punjab region, and after his execution at age 23 into a martyr and folk hero in Northern India. Borrowing ideas from Bolshevism and anarchism, he electrified a growing militancy in India in the 1930s, and prompted urgent introspection within the Indian National Congress’s nonviolent but eventually successful campaign for India’s independence.
- In 1926, he founded the Naujawan Bharat Sabha.
- In 1928, he established the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA) along with Sukhdev, Chandrashekhar Azad and others.
- Lala Lajpat Rai died in 1928 as a result of injuries sustained in a police lathi charge on the orders of a Superintendent of Police, James Scott. Bhagat Singh and his revolutionary friends decided to avenge the death of the dear leader. However, in a case of mistaken identity, they assassinated another police official J P Saunders. This was part of the Lahore Conspiracy Case.
- Bhagat Singh was also involved in Central Assembly Bombing Case.