Who Gave the Slogan Inquilab Zindabad?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

‘Inquilab Zindabad’ is a slogan that is synonymous with India’s struggle for independence. The slogan was used by different freedom fighters throughout the freedom struggle as a rallying cry. But who coined this famous phrase and what does it mean? 

Well, the slogan was coined by an Urdu poet and freedom fighter, Maulana Hasrat Mohani in the year 1921. But it was Shaheed Bhagat Singh who gave it the real fire by shouting this slogan during different speeches and using it in his writings.


The slogan Inquilab Zindabad was given by an Urdu poet called Maulana Hasrat Mohani

Furthermore, the All India Azad Muslim Conference and the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association also used Inquilab Zindabad as their official slogan. The slogan had a lot of sentiments attached to it and evoked pro-independence emotions in people. 

What does Inquilab Zindabad Mean?

‘Inquilab Zindabad’ can be translated to long live the revolution. Bhagat Singh and his comrade Batukeshwar Dutt shouted this slogan in the famous bombing of Delhi’s Central Legislative Assembly on April 8, 1929. Thus, he added more value to this slogan which caught fire quickly and became the official slogan for the revolution. Later, the slogan was raised in an open court as a joint statement in Delhi’s High Court in June 1929.



Who Gave the Slogan Inquilab Zindabad?

The famous slogan Inquilab Zindabad was first coined by Urdu poet Maulana Hasrat Mohani. He was also a freedom fighter and this slogan was used by different organisations during India’s freedom struggle. However, it was Shaheed Bhagat Singh who made the slogan popular by using it in his speeches and shouting it at the bombing of the Central Legislative Assembly in 1929. 


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