This Valentine’s Day most people were busy celebrating love. But there were some who were busy creating an informative article (in their estimation). The article which was meant to be shared on Whatsapp had one goal : Steal February 14 from lovers in India. Else, why will anyone bother if people are celebrating love one particular day.
According to the article: Although many Indians are busy celebrating the day as a day of Love and going gaga about some Western Saint Valentine, the day actually marks the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru. So the article exhorted the love lorn couples to celebrate it that way, and not as Valentine’s day.
The article claimed that the three nationalists were hanged on February 14, 1929 and hence nationalist Indians must celebrate it as a day mourning their martyrdom.
Although it is up to people what they want to celebrate, a fact check here will be good. May be it will help us not to be misled by such misappropriating information which twists facts to play with people’s sentiments.
According to Wikipedia,
The above date of the martyrdom is supported by the Newspaper archives of Tribune India.
From the past few years, a perception is being built by certain Groups and people that everything which was taught in history books before 2014 was a Lie. Hope this fact check will bring some sanity to that perception.