Under the banner of the All India Shaheed Bhagat Singh Brigade, the descendants of ‘Shaheed-e-Azam’ Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev and Chandrasekhar Azad would launch a nationwide campaign together for the first time from the land of Rewari (Haryana) on May 23, which has been home to many a soldier and freedom fighter. Bhagat Singh’s grandson and All India Shaheed Bhagat Singh Brigade National President, Yadavendra Singh Sandhu, said that a nationwide campaign would be launched to seek ‘martyr’ status (in the official records of the Centre) for the legendary freedom fighter and numerous others who laid down their lives during the country's freedom struggle. He added that President Vinod Yadav Pahari and members of Brigade Rewari, along with other social persons like retired Professor Anirudh Yadav are co-operating in this noble cause. The legendary freedom fighter Rajguru’s grandson, Shantanu Rajguru, said that, rather than honouring the martyrs, in the last 67 years we have begun to forget them. “Today's youth only know of five to ten names, and after 10 years the youth of this country will perhaps remember just a name or two. We’re going to start this ‘fight’ from Rewari and it will be unstoppable, as people will come from different fronts,” he said. The legendary freedom fighter Sukhdev’s grandson, Anuj Thapar, said that history that is being taught today still carries glimpses of a British psyche. “British thinking and policy has still not gone from India. We have to bring about a revolution in the thinking of today’s youth. We will not tolerate any politics on the sacrifices of martyrs,” he said. The legendary freedom fighter Chandrasekhar Azad’s grandson, Amit Azad, said that it is a long fight for the honour of the martyrs. “Martyrs are the heritage of the entire country. We sincerely hope the government listens,” he said.
The Brigade hopes to unite the public on the followings issues:
1. To prepare an official list of martyrs who sacrificed themselves for Indian independence from 1757 to 1947, and to have them declared as martyrs in the official documents of the Government of India, with honour. Though the people had considered them martyrs from 23 March, 1931, they have not got official status even after 67 years of Independence.
2. To delete the insulting epithets (like Revolutionary Terrorist) that had been ascribed to these patriots during British rule.
3. To build a National Martyrs Museum, to help conserve the memories of martyrs.
4. To mandatorily include literature on martyrs and patriots in the syllabus of all Government and private schools.
5. To declare national plans and projects in the names of martyrs, including schemes at local levels.
6. To put the pictures of patriots and martyrs – like Mangal Pandey, Rao Tula Ram, Rani Laxmibai, Chhatrapati Shivaji, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Chandrasekhar Azad, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Lala Lajpat Rai, Ashfaqullah Khan, Veer Savarkar, Udham Singh - on Indian currency notes.