It's about damn time.
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)