Resonances Volume 3, No.1 & 2

Public Meeting in Homage to Shaheed Madan Lal Dhingra A martyr to the independence struggle in the sub-continent.

Public Meeting in Homage to Shaheed Madan Lal Dhingra A martyr to the independence struggle in the sub-continent.

“May I be re-born to the same Mother, and May I re-die in the same sacred cause till the cause is successful, and she stands free for the good of humanity and the glory of God.”

These were the last words of the 22-year old Indian engineering student before going to the gallows on August 17, 1909 at Pentonville Prison, London, for killing Sir Curzon Wyllie, Political Aide-de-Camp to the Secretary of State for India, Lord Morley.

As a part of the Centenary Commemoration of the Martyrdom of Shaheed Madan Lal Dhingra, a public meeting was held at Shaheed Udham Singh Welfare Centre at Birmingham on 22 February, 2009. The response from the participants was overwhelming. Madan Lal Dhingra was the first Indian revolutionary to be hanged in Britain. Bhagat Singh was inspired by two heroes: Dhingra and Kartar Singh Sarabha. Like Khudi Ram Bose before and Bhagat Singh later, Dhingra kissed the gallows with a smile on his face.

The speakers who addressed the public meeting were: Salvinder Dhillon – Indian Workers’ Association, Radha D’Souza – Lecturer at Westminster University, Amrit Wilson– South Asia Solidarity Group, Kamel Hawwash – Vice-Chair of national PSC.

The people of the South Asian Subcontinent are proud to commemorate the centenary of Madan Lal Dhingra. To this end the Madan Lal Dhingra Memorial Committee has been formed. It aims to research his revolutionary life and struggle against imperialism. The Memorial Committee will pay homage to other revolutionary heroes inspired by Madan Lal Dhingra and assess how the present day imperialist exploitation still continues in the Subcontinent and the rest of the world.

The Memorial Committee welcomes all progressive organisations and individuals to join in and together celebrate the centenary. Public meetings will be held up and down the country. These will be supplemented by the 1857 website, publication of ‘Madan Lal Dhingra Centenary’ and a book of revolutionary songs and poems.

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Ghadar Jari Hai gets a Preview in London
The Indian Workers Association (GB) organised a public meeting in London, at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on the theme of “Peace in South Asia”.

The meetings were addressed by representatives of the IWA (GB), Shri Salwinder Dhillon and Shri Dalwinder Atwal, Shri S Raghavan, Editor, Ghadar Jari Hai, Prof. Lawrence Saez— Professor at SOAS, and Ms Rabia Zia— London spokesperson for Tehreek-e-Insaaf. People from all walks of life – students, rights activists, academics – attended the meeting. There was excellent participation from the audience.

Shri Raghavan explained the background and purpose of the Ghadar Jari Hai magazine and requested the audience to popularize it among their friends. Many from the audience appreciated the effort in bringing out a magazine of this type.

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