AMRITSAR: The Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh on Monday delivered historic speech during the annual Shaheedi Samagam organized at Akal Takht Sahib to commemorate the martyrs of June 1984 Ghallughara (holocaust).
Addressing the Sikh Qaum (community) on this occasion, Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib Giani Harpreet Singh said that the ghallughara (holocaust) of June 1984 is a painful saga of atrocities perpetrated on the Sikh community, which was the result of anti-Sikh plots of Indian state.
“Policy of beating and suppressing the Sikhs had started from the time of partition in 1947, with Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru as the mastermind and the result was that in 1984, the Congress Government of India attempted to annihilate the Sikh community by launching military attacks on Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib, Sri Akal Takht Sahib and other Gurdwara Sahibs. But the Sikh warriors, taking guidance from history, resisted the enemy army and attained martyrdoms”, said Giani Harpreet Singh.
Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib said that the Sikhs have been blessed with the determination of Raj (sovereignty) from the time of Gurus, which Sikhs still reiterate in their daily ardas as ‘Raj Karega Khalsa’.
“Today, the Qaum needs to be strong religiously, socially, economically and politically and to move in this direction, the Sikh youth will have to move forward in the world by getting high quality education. At the same time, it is imperative for the Sikh Qaum to be proficient in the Sikh martial art received as inheritance. Sikh Qaum should make arrangements for the training of youth in Sikh martial art (Gatka) and other heritage weapons and also set up the shooting ranges for training of modern weapons as required”, said Giani Harpreet Singh.
His statement on the shooting ranges is being misreported by a large section of India media, though the jathedar made it clear that he said nothing out of the Sikh tradition.
Giani Harpreet Singh said that many challenges are weakening the Sikhs including the menace of drugs and ideology of others.
“The preaching of Christianity by greed in the border areas is worrisome, which should be tackled by the Sikh institutions and organisations by coming forward to preaching Sikh faith like the old Sikhs and saints did. Religious sentiments should be instilled in the Sikh youth in particular, so that the community becomes socially, economically and politically strong”, said the jathedar.
He also questioned the heavy deployment of forces by the government in Amritsar city during ghallughara week.
“The governments must understand that the Sikh community is not a community which intimidates but it protects the oppressed”, said Giani Harpreet Singh.
Giani Harpreet Singh said that the attack on several Sikh shrines including Sri Akal Takht Sahib still hurts the community and it is a historical fact that whoever attacked the Sikh shrines was doomed. He also thanked the prominent personalities and the Sangat for attending the martyrdom congregation of Ghallughara day.
During the Shaheedi Samagam, Jathedar of Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib Giani Raghbir Singh also shared his views with the Sangat and termed the June 1984 holocaust as a genocidal act of the then Congress Government. He said that the Sikh community could never forget this holocaust but its wounds gets fresh every year.
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