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Fact check, ground reality: Did no Congress leader meet Bhagat Singh in prison?

On June 12, 1929, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt were sentenced to life imprisonment in the Assembly Bomb Case.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 11, 2018 12:14:03 pm
Bhagat Singh in jail, Lahore, 1928

On Wednesday evening, @narendramodi_in, the Twitter handle of, posted: “When Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Batukeshwar Dutt, Veer Savarkar, greats like them were jailed fighting for the country’s independence, did any Congress leader go to meet them? But the Congress leaders go and meet the corrupt who have been jailed: PM @narendramodi”.

What does the historical evidence say?

On June 12, 1929, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt were sentenced to life imprisonment in the Assembly Bomb Case. While in Lahore Central Jail, they began a hungerstrike against the lack of basic facilities. On July 10, 1929, Bhagat Singh, Dutt, and several others were put on trial in the Lahore Conspiracy Case. The other accused too joined the hungerstrike. On October 7, 1930, Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar were sentenced to death. All three were hanged on March 23, 1931.

Jawaharlal Nehru visited Bhagat Singh and the others in prison. In Lahore on August 9, 1929, (reported by The Tribune, August 10, 1929), he said: “I visited the Central Jail and the Borstal Jail yesterday and saw Sardar Bhagat Singh, Mr Batukeshwar Dutt, Mr Jatindranath Das and all the other accused in the Lahore Conspiracy Case, who are on hunger strike… Those who cannot be forcibly fed… are dying slowly from day to day and the final act in the tragedy cannot be long delayed. The condition of Mr Jatindranath Das is specially critical… It was very painful for me to meet these extraordinarily brave young men and see their manifest suffering… (Selected Works of Jawaharlal Nehru (1973 edn), Vol 4, p 13). Jatin Das died on September 13.

In An Autobiography, Nehru referred to his meeting with Bhagat Singh: “I was given permission to visit some of the prisoners in the prison, and I availed myself of this. I saw Bhagat Singh for the first time… (He) had an attractive, intellectual face, remarkably calm and peaceful. There seemed to be no anger in it. He looked and talked with great gentleness… (1982 reprint, p 193).”


Telling Numbers | FDI in Karnataka: No. 3 among states, huge jump this year

Poll-bound Karnataka received as much as $ 6.44 billion in foreign direct investment during April-December 2017-18, up from $ 2.13 billion in the entire fiscal year of 2016-17. Between 2000 and December 2017, for which FDI data is available with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Karnataka received cumulative investment of $ 28.82 billion, or 8% of the total $ 368.05 billion cumulative FDI received in the country during the same period.

After Maharashtra and Delhi, which accounted for 31% and 21% of the total flows respectively, Karnataka accounted for the third highest chunk of FDI inflows into India.
*April-December Source: DIPP


This Word Means: Scheduled Areas

What defines such areas, now at the centre of a reservation move and messages carved in stone?

This week, the Jharkhand cabinet approved the extension of a provision for Scheduled Areas to non-Scheduled Areas: reservation of class-III and class-IV jobs for local residents of those areas for 10 years. Scheduled Areas, or Schedule 5 Areas, are areas — in states other than four exceptions in the Northeast — that are scheduled as such by a Presidential order after taking into account factors such as tribal population (50% or more) and backwardness. Ten states have Scheduled Areas, whose administration is governed by special provisions under the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution. Apart from restrictions placed by the Governor on sale and transfer of land, a key aspect of Scheduled Areas is that the Governor can direct that any Act of Parliament or the state legislature shall not apply there, or shall apply only subject to exceptions and modifications. In some villages of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, green stones have recently come up with carvings or paintings declaring that no Act enacted by the legislature applies in Schedule 5 Areas. —Prashant Pandey

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