Bhagat Singh, the national freedom fighter and martyr, is already a part of the Indian folklore and needs no introduction. But to meet Bhagat Singh, the socialist revolutionary thinker, one has to delve deep into all available documentary evidence, of his own creation and that of others, of his times. He comes out through his writings – be it his articles on political, social and historical issues, written submissions during court trials on legal issues, word sketches of the martyrs of freedom struggle, notes of his jail diary on nature of state, religion, colonial rule, socialism and democracy, all written as a serious student of historical movements of the world. His well thought out political and social ideals and the ultimate sacrifice that he made for these ideals make him a crusader, a leader, a writer and above all a humanist like no other.
The book is a solid contribution to the existing studies of the martyr, in particular, and of the freedom struggle in general.