To Make the Deaf Hear

Ideology and Programme of Bhagat Singh and His Comrades

S. Irfan Habib


Three Essays Collective, New Delhi, 2007

231 pages

Price INR 350
Book Club Price INR 280

This is a path-breaking work on the political life and times of Bhagat Singh and his associates, and the organizations of which they were a part – the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA) and the Naujawan Bharat Sabha. It highlights many hitherto neglected aspects of the evolution of Bhagat Singh as a national hero, including the definite shift towards socialism in his outlook. This is also among the best works on the revolutionary nationalists and their role in India’s freedom movement. Documents and short writings crucial to understanding the essential core of their ideology and programme are included as appendices. This is that rare book of history that scholars and the general reader alike could enjoy and appreciate, and which no student of modern south Asian history can do without. Above all, it describes incredibly well those momentous decades of the 1920s and early 30s when the left-radical agenda came to occupy a huge space on the Subcontinent.

S. Irfan Habib

S. Irfan Habib has worked for many years with the National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS). He is currently holding the Maulana Azad Chair at National University of Educational Planning and Education (NUEPA), New Delhi. He has researched in the area of history of science, and issues in science, society and education. His books include Jihad versus Ijtihad, Domesticating Modern Science (co-authored with Dhruv Raina); Situating the History of Science: Dialogues with Joseph Needham and A Social History of Science in Colonial India (both co-edited with Dhruv Raina).