Deewan Khana — An epitome of nice revolutionary legacy Shaheed Bhagat Singh

Avneet Kaur

Khatkar Kalan

(Nawanshahr), September 8

For over a century now, the ancestral residence of Indian Socialist Revolutionary — Shaheed Bhagat Singh — is the delight of Khatkar Kalan in Nawanshahr.

But a number of folks know that the home was inbuilt 1858 by Bhagat Singh’s great-grandfather Fateh Singh, who named it ‘Deewan Khana’, as he would maintain a durbar on the home to impart justice to the folks of his village. Besides, he used to encourage folks and inform them that governments could come and go, however their issues would discover options in the event that they earmark them collectively.

As the nation will likely be celebrating Bhagat Singh’s 113th delivery anniversary on September 28, let’s all pledge to convey the change he dreamt of, and, as an alternative of holding rallies, political occasions, we should always comply with his ideology in true spirit. Taking the message from this home, folks ought to strengthen gram sabhas to plan the village. Bhagat Singh raised the slogans of Inquilab Zindabad and Samrajyavad Murdabad, however the nation’s leaders and a few events had been limiting his message, thereby limiting his ideology.  Prof Jagmohan Singh, Bhagat Singh’s Ludhiana-based nephew

It is claimed that after the demise of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the East India Company officers began suppressing folks. So, to guard themselves, folks took up arms. During the 1857 revolt, the British authorities requested Fateh Singh for assist in opposition to the rebels, however he refused to oblige.

“Since then, the house has been an epitome of great values and resistance to the colonial rule exhibited by the family,” mentioned Prof Jagmohan Singh, Ludhiana-based nephew of Bhagat Singh.

Prof Singh mentioned it was after an excellent wrestle that he managed to get the home transformed right into a protected monument within the 1980s, as many questioned the connection of Bhagat Singh with the home, claiming that he by no means visited the place. The fact is although Bhagat Singh was born and introduced up in Faisalabad (now in Pakistan), he used to go to the home frequently, alongside together with his grandfather Arjan Singh. He had many fond childhood recollections related to the home, Professor Singh mentioned.

The home after the state authorities carried out restoration work in 2016. Tribune Photos: Malkiat Singh

Throwing gentle on his wrestle to guard the home, Prof Jagmohan mentioned: “While the portraits of Bhagat Singh have made their way to the offices of politicians, especially those from Punjab, who make a beeline to Khatkar Kalan village on every birth and death anniversary of Bhagat Singh or during elections, the martyr gets effaced from their memories in a matter of days.”

A stroll by means of the previous…

As per info, Bhagat Singh’s mom lived on this home until 1975, however it was in 1982, that the home was declared a monument underneath the Punjab Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1964. After that the household handed over its accountability to the federal government to protect it as a nationwide monument. But the legendary freedom fighter’s home was comparatively ignored for a very long time. Sources say it was first in 2005, when the chappar (sewer pond) present in entrance of Bhagat Singh’s home was transformed right into a memorial park, however the construction of the home was not touched and one in every of its partitions remained in unhealthy form and the paint peeled off from its decrease partitions owing to dampness. Prof Jagmohan Singh mentioned: “The Department of Archives/ Culture used to be mostly out of funds whenever they were approached for restoration. It was like we had to beg in front of the government for grants even though the house’s upkeep should have been its job.” It was solely in 2015 that the Department of Cultural Affairs, Archaeology and Museums, for the primary time, began restoring the home because it was handed over to it in 1984 by the household. Before that, the native panchayat used to handle the home. The home was restored at a price of Rs42 lakh by the state authorities, he mentioned.

Prof Jagmohan recalled that in 2017, when then Punjab Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu went to the village to take inventory of the continuing museum work on the village, he handed over a cheque for Rs2.5 lakh from his ministerial funds to then Deputy Commissioner Sonali Giri, in favour of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), because the state authorities miserably didn’t clear the ability payments of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh’s home and of the memorial park. “Such was the plight of the house and ignorance of the state government,” he mentioned.

Items on show

Items reminiscent of utensils, wood bins, a desk, an almirah, some photos, an previous wood mattress with carving, a weighing balance, a charkha (spinning wheel), and a typewriter, which is claimed to be of historic significance and has hyperlinks with the liberty fighter, have been placed on show on the home.

The home now

It was in July 2015 that the state authorities employed a Chandigarh-based personal agency to hold out the restoration work on the home in a manner that it may appeal to increasingly more guests.

The restoration work was accomplished in 2016 and the roofs, which had been in a dilapidated situation earlier, had been eliminated and changed with new ones maintaining the unique kind. The partitions of the rooms, kitchen have now been repaired with a particular approach to strengthen these by restoring its historic worth. The flooring of the constructing had been restored and its degree has additionally been raised. Old doorways and home windows have been changed with new ones. Special cabins for displaying the belongings of the martyr and his household have been made, in order that these are usually not broken by guests by continuously touching it. The home has bought a whole facelift and is among the most visited locations in Punjab.

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