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Sikhs make 80 per cent sacrifices for country, but governments treat strangers: Advocate Dhami

AMRIK SINGH | July 04, 2022 06:02 PM

AMRITSAR: The periodic repression of Sikhs in independent India, who sacrificed more than 80 per cent of their lives for India's independence, is a manifestation of the anti-Sikh mentality of the governments. The attack was a heinous act.

This was stated by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee President Advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami while addressing a function held at Gurdwara Sri Manji Sahib Diwan Hall on July 4, 1955 regarding the attack.

He said that Sikhs gave their lives for the country but sadly Sikhs were always treated as strangers in the country. In 1955, the Prime Minister of the Congress government, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, and the Chief Minister of Punjab, Bhim Sen Sachar, did the same. Led by DIG Mahasha Ashwani Kumar, they raided Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Sahib and not only desecrated the shrine but also inflicted heavy losses on the Sikhs.

Advocate Dhami said that this picture of government repression was a clear manifestation of the oppression of the Congress which the Sikh community could not forget.

The SGPC President also expressed concern over the trend of deliberately defaming Sikh institutions on social media and appealed to the Sikh community to be guided by its history and work for the betterment of the nation.

Addressing the function, Jathedar Karnail Singh Panjoli, General Secretary of the SGPC, said that there was always a clash with the Sikhs in India and it was under this that when the states were formed on the basis of dialect, a great struggle had to be fought for the Punjabi state. As part of the government's policy to suppress this struggle, Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Sahib was attacked in 1955, proving that the promises made to the Sikhs at the time of independence were meaningless.

He said that even today the cycle of injustice against Sikhs was continuing. Sometimes the issues of Panjab University, Bhakra Beas Management Board, Bandi Singh and Chandigarh etc. are deliberately confused and sometimes racial attacks are carried out on Sikhs in the country. He said that the sacrifices of Sikhs for the country should never be forgotten by the governments and their rights should be upheld.

Earlier, bhogs of Sri Akhand Path Sahib were offered and ragi dhadi jathas were in attendance.
On this occasion Interim Committee Member Mr. Harjap Singh Sultanwind, Sarwan Singh Kular, Balwinder Singh Weinpui, Member Bhai Rajinder Singh Mehta, Surjit Singh Bhitewad, Gurbachan Singh Karamunwala, S. Sher Singh Mandwala, Gurmeet Singh Booh, S. Charanjit Singh Kalewal, S. Indermohan Singh, S. Baldev Singh Kalyan, S. Bawa Singh Gumanpura, S. Amarjit Singh Bhalaipur, Bhai Ajaib Singh Abhayasi, S. Sukhwarsh Singh Pannu, S. Khushwinder Singh Bhatia, S. Kuldeep Singh Tera, Baba Sukhwinder Singh Bhuriwale, Baba Dharamjit Singh Karseva Sarhaliwale, Additional Secretary of the Shiromani Committee. Paramjit Singh Saroya, S. Partap Singh, S. Sukhminder Singh, Deputy Secretary Media. Kulwinder Singh Ramdas, Manager Sulukhan Singh Bhangali, Deputy Secretary. Gurinder Singh Mathrewal, S. Nirveil Singh, S. Tejinder Singh Padda, S. Gurcharan Singh Kuhala, S. Paramjit Singh Dunia Majra, Superintendent Malkit Singh Behral, Manager Baghel Singh, S. Sukhraj Singh, S. Narinder Singh, Additional Manager Iqbal Singh, SDO A large number of sangats including Jatinderpal Singh were present.

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