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Thursday, November 29, 2007

It's about damn time.

News Source: ANI, via Yahoo News
Publish Date: 11/29/07

Bhindranwala's portrait installed at Golden Temple's Sikh Museum

Thursday November 29, 09:27 PM

By Ravinder Singh Robin

Amritsar, Nov 29 (ANI): The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) on Thursday installed a portrait of slain rebel Sikh leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwala at a Sikh museum situated in the premises of the Golden Temple.

SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar had earlier announced to install the portrait of the controversial religious leader on November 30. However, it went ahead to install the portrait a day earlier.

Addressing the gathering during the installation ceremony, Makkar said that the SGPC has always been honouring martyrs who have fought for the Sikh community, and it was a moment of pride to install the portrait of one of the great martyr of the 20th century.

Speaking on the occasion Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, the Jathedar of the Akal Takht, hailed the SGPC for taking a 'historic step'.

He described Bhinderanwale as an "epitome of martyrdom".

A rob of honour "sarpao" was given to Isher Singh, son of Bhindranwala, on the occasion by Vedanti.

In 2003, the SGPC, an apex body controlling Sikh places of worship, had declared Bhindranwala as a "martyr".

Bhindranwala was killed in 'Operation Blue Star' launched by the Indian Army to flush out separatists from Golden Temple complex in Amritsar. (ANI)

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Blogger Mai said...

About time, indeed! HURRAY!

I get in trouble all the time for referring to 'those fools in Amritsar,' so I'll take this opportunity just to say , HUURAY!!

1:19 AM  
Blogger sartaj said...

in this case, it doesn't matter if you are for/against the situation. at least the people can do is remember those who fought for their people's cause. all the gurudwaras recognize those in this effort, and i'm happy to see the sgpc actually care through on this initiative.

no need to forget, but to always remember regardless how you feel of the situation.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Mai said...

My family and I were actually taken into custody in Amritsar during Bluestar and then we happened to be in Delhi during the 'riots.'

I will remember.

6:10 PM  
Blogger sartaj said...

glad to see that you are still here Mai. i hope the same is for your family as well.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Mai said...

Thank you.

I survived, barely. Although we fought well, we were too badly outnumbered. My husband, son, two unborn daughters, two brothers and two cousins were killed at our house. One pregnant cousin also miraculously survived. Luckily, as I am Canadian, we had somewhere to go and loving family to care for us; that's the only reason I'm alive and online and not in India cleaning toilets.

Why has the super-rich SGPC not taken care of my sisters, the widows of the 1984 shaheeds, in India?

As for me, to quote my Dad:

When your enemy has his boot on your face, his knife at your throat and his gun at your temple, You laugh at him. 'You can kill me, but you'll never defeat me!' That's chardi kala. That's what it means to be a Sikh!

That is how I survive surviving.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Gursean said...

damn, dats deep stuff
second to last paragraph!!! dats me!!!! they used my quote!!!

4:56 PM  
Blogger Gursean said...

url didnt come out rite, its

4:58 PM  
Blogger Mai said...


Congrats! Even though I'm not sartaj.

Yeah, that's deep sh*t. And I repeat:

Why has the super-rich SGPC not taken care of my sisters, the widows of the 1984 shaheeds, in India?

7:40 PM  
Blogger sartaj said...

tight sean. good for you. how did you manage to get in this article?

10:31 PM  
Blogger Gursean said...

an article about this was on sikhnet and i left a comment. i guess sikh sangat liked my comment and put it in their article.

but isnt dat illegal? using someones quote w/o permission? not dat i care

10:39 PM  
Blogger Mai said...

They probably have a disclaimer somewhere on their site. If you're interested, you could go look for it.

10:51 PM  
Blogger sartaj said...

watch out world... gursean singh is coming, future sikh leader. =)

good for you sean!

12:13 AM  

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