Saturday, July 2, 2016

Gurmat Samgam at Festival park in Qutab Minar To Mark Tercentenary of Martyrdom of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur

To mark tercentenary of martyrdom of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) organised a Gurmat Samagam at festival park in Qutab Minar complex. Head priests, Nihang Singh Jathebandis, Sants, and political leaders took part in the Samagam. People from all over India and foreign countries in large number also took part in the Samagam that remembered Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.

Denial of permission by Delhi government to hold the Samagam at a park on which DSGMC is building Banda Singh Badhadur memorial was also matter discussion in the Samagam. On the occasion DSGMC President Manjit Singh G.K. gave one week ultimatum to the Delhi government to give permission to install statue of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur at the park being constructed by DSGMC. Prominent thadi of Sikh panth Tarsem Singh Moranwali sang waars in memory of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur announced that in case permission was not granted sangat would install the statue.

 Jathedar Shri Akal Takht Sahib Giani Gurbacan Singh, Jathedar Takht Shri Keshgarh Sahib Giani Mal Singh, Jathedar Takht Shri Patna Sahib Giani  Iqbal Singh, Head Granthi of Takht Shri Hazoor Sahib Baba Ram Singh,  President of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Avtar Singh Makkar, head Damdami Taksal Baba Harnam Singh Khalsa, former Jathedar of Shri  Akal Takht Jasbir Singh Rode, Rajya Sabha member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Punjabi University Vice Chancellor  Dr. Jaspal Singh, Former Member Rajya Sabha Tarlochan Singh, Tarna Dal head Baba Nihal Singh, Budha Dal Head Baba Balbir Singh, Baba Bidhi Chand Dal Head Avtar Singh, and member of management committee of Hazoor Sahib were honoured with Siropas by DSGMC. A memento & Nanakshahi coin was also given.

Thakht Shri Hazoor Sahib honoured Manjit Singh G.K. . SGPC gave a cheque of Rs. 2 crore to DSGMC to support it efforts in organising the tercentenary programs. Takht Patna Sahib Management invited DSGMC to take part in 350th Parkash Purab of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji in January 2017.

Speaking on the occasion Giani Gurbachan Singh said that Baba Banda Singh Bahadur made land tillers as land owners and also involved common people as members of his government. He adds that Baba Banda Singh Bahadur in true sense adopted Sikh tenents and ethos. He also thanked all the Sikh Jathebandis who took part in the tercentenary programs.

Speaking on the occasion Manjit Singh G.K. said that overwhelming response from the people to tercentenary programs is a source of inspiration for DSGMC. He also thanked all the Jathebandis which support tercentenary programs. Referring to the highhandedness of the governments from time to time on Sikhs, G.K. said that Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was martyred by Mughals and innocent Sikhs were mercilessly massacred in contemporary times in 1965 and 1984.

Sirsa appealed to the Sikh masses to avoid internal rivalries within the Sikh Panth. Raising question that why Mughal and British history is shown to the tourists he suggested Sikh history should be projected before them which is full of sacrifice and self righteousness. Chief advisor of DSMC Kulmohan Singh and chairman of dharma parchar committee were the stage secretaries on the occasion.

With Thanks : Media DSGMC

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