People astatine Shaheed Bhagat Singh Library, Jeeda.
Way backmost successful 1978, erstwhile talking astir a room was uncommon successful Punjab’s villages, the residents of Jeeda, a colony successful Bathinda district, decided to conception a tiny room connected a 100 quadrate gait plot. This crippled was a portion of the village’s communal land, and the room was created with voluntary funds.
The room comprised 1 large hallway and an adjoining room. “We started it with fewer books connected the Communist movement, novels by Punjabi writers and four-five newspapers truthful that radical could stitchery astatine 1 spot and make a emotion for reading. The room was inaugurated connected January 8, 1978, with galore villagers being a portion of the endeavour and a fewer books being added from clip to time. “With time, the room needed an overhaul and a fewer months back, the full operation was demolished and rebuilt again and outgo astir Rs 20 lakh. The caller gathering is present called Shaheed Bhagat Singh Library, Jeeda, which was inaugurated connected March 8 by the villagers successful the beingness of Professor Jagmohan Singh, nephew of Bhagat Singh and Gurpreet Singh, an eminent artist,” explains Jagmel Singh, president of the library.
The room wears a caller look and has a immense postulation of books, courtesy a publication person and retired authorities worker Kewal Krishan Singla, who contributed Rs 15 lakh towards the library. “He belongs to this village, but present lives successful Bathinda. Rest of the funds were contributed by the villagers and immoderate NRIs,” adds Jagmel.
The colony has a colonisation of implicit 5000 radical and according to Sarabjeet Singh, the caput of the library, speechmaking is simply a mode to prosecute the youth. The library, reflects Jagmel, is grounds to the information that Jeeda has ever been a revolutionary village, with the villagers taking portion successful assorted movements — praja mandal, communist movements, students movements. “Many of america were fond of reading, truthful this room was started with astir 500 books. Now, successful the caller room we person implicit 2000 books that each procreation tin subordinate to and we anticipation it attracts much youngsters and radical from everywhere, and not conscionable this village,” says Jagmel.
Authors Baldev Singh Sadaknama, Janwant Kanwal, Gurdial Singh, Saadat Hasan Manto, and Mintu Gursaria among others, find a spot of pridefulness connected the bookshelves, portion the almirahs present person books connected history, religion, and mythology. The beforehand partition of the room has a representation of Bhagat Singh holding a publication by Maxim Gorky, written successful 1906, with the representation painted by Bathinda-based creator Gurpreet Singh. “We present person a LED, a machine and a projector and it is present a integer library. With a alteration successful times, we person to upgrade ourselves. The villagers are precise blessed with the upgrade and we volition present besides beryllium screening meaningful films done a projector successful the 2nd hall,” shares Jagmel.