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  • Bhagwant Mann's oath-taking ceremony was a sea of 'basanti'
  • AAP called for yellow turbans as tribute to Bhagat Singh
  • Historian Chaman Lal said Bhagat Singh never wore yellow turbans

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Editorji Exclusive: Yellow not Bhagat Singh's colour? Historian on Bhagwant Mann's 'basanti' oath-taking

Chaman Lal, an authority on Bhagat Singh, said that the 'basanti' or yellow colour cannot be linked to the freedom fighter as an individual.

A sea of yellow turbans - there was a special reason that Bhagwant Mann's oath-taking ceremony had a 'basanti' flavour. The entire event was an ode to freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.

After its landslide victory in Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party had invoked Bhagat Singh and Babasaheb Ambedkar as the guiding lights of the new administration. For the oath-taking, Mann chose the ancestral village of Bhagat Singh, Khatkar Kalan.

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Mann has traditionally worn yellow turbans in public, and linked the same to Bhagat Singh for the event.

However, Chaman Lal, an authority on Bhagat Singh, said that the 'basanti' or yellow colour cannot be linked to Bhagat Singh as a person, as he never wore yellow turbans. He explained that the colour had come to symbolise all revolutionaries fighting for India's freedom.

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