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Thereby Hangs A Tale

This edition reproduces many essays and court testaments, including the famous and iconic ones.

Thereby Hangs A Tale
Thereby Hangs A Tale
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In September 1928, the Hindustan Socialist Republican Army was born in the ruins of Delhi’s Ferozeshah Kotla. In the motley group were Bhagat Singh and Ajoy Ghosh, future general secretary of the CPI. The HSRA marked a decisive shift from the romantic cult of the bomb and individual heroism to Marxian socialism, which promised a more convincing understanding of politics, especially colonialism.

Within a year Bhagat Singh was in jail. He was there for two years till his execution in 1931. He was 24. His jail notebook contains notes on his wide reading of European thinkers and about socialism and literature. These were preparation for the books he planned to write: on the history of the state, the revolutionary movement and an autobiography. Apparently some preliminary drafts were smuggled out of jail but destroyed after his death by a cautious comrade.

This edition reproduces many essays and court testaments, including the famous ‘To Make the Deaf Hear’, the leaflet he and Batukeshwar Dutta hurled into the Central Assembly...

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