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Remembering Banda Singh Bahadur: A Heroic Sikh Soldier is an inspiration to many

300th martyrdom anniversary commemoration event of a man with a heart of steel

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Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Memorial. Image source: Pinterest.com
  • Several battles like Battle of Sonepat, Battle of Lohgarh were fought by Banda Bahadur and his army, which included members of all communities
  • PM Modi released a coffee table book on Banda Singh Bahadur, that was brought out by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee
  • A War Memorial in his memory was inaugurated on November 30, 2011, by then Chief Minister of Punjab, Shri Prakash Singh Badal

Banda Singh Bahadur was a man born with a valour heart and a fearless attitude. In his journey to heroism, he led a troop that took down the Mughal Empire and hence established his authority in Punjab. One of the major highlights of his reign was his act of abolishing the zamindari system. A system which prevented the tillers of the land from acquiring their right to property.

A heroic Sikh Soldier in the true sense of the term, he is an inspiration to many, even today. July 3, marked the 300th martyrdom anniversary and to pay tribute to the martyr, honourable Prime minister, Shri Narendra Modi attended the commemoration event in New Delhi on Sunday, July 3, reported the tribuneIndia.com.

PM Narendra Modi on Sunday, July 3 said, “life of the warrior who lived on the edge of the sword is an inspiration for all.”

He was a man with the utmost love for his religion. Till date, there are various nerve-wreaking stories on his execution by the Mughals. Banda Sigh Bahadur’s death is a matter of debate. While some believe that his eyes were being gouged out, others said, his limbs being severed. But, the debate regarding his death ended with a singular statement, that he did not give up his faith despite all sorts of torture. A War Memorial in his memory was inaugurated on November 30, 2011, by then Chief Minister of Punjab, Shri Prakash Singh Badal.

Banda Singh Bahadur. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Banda Singh Bahadur Statue. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Several battles like Battle of Sonepat, Battle of Lohgarh were fought by Banda Bahadur and his army, which included members of all communities. Recounting this act of selflessness, PM said “This showed his organisational ability and skill to carry them forward. He gave rights to poor, farmers and reflected socialist thinking by his administration. He believed in being an administrator without seeking any benefit for himself.”

Continuous chants of ‘Jo Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal’ were heard from the members during the anniversary commemoration event, reported Tribune.com. Shri Narendra Modi also released a coffee table book on Banda Singh Bahadur, this book was brought out by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee. Additionally, there was a set of commemorative coins issued earlier to mark the occasion.

-This article is modified by Karishma Vanjani, an intern at NewsGram.

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  • Aparna Gupta

    Banda Singh Bahadur is a true Sikh and very well known for ruling over Punjab. He is known for abolishing Zamindari system. it is good to know that such open minded people were present at that time.

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Indian PM Narendra Modi Raised These Important Issues in I-Day Speech

Important issues PM raised in I-Day speech

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Modi said, "I want to announce a major decision from the Red Fort that India will have a Chief of Defence Staff -- CDS." Pixabay

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday during his Independence day speech touched several important issues like the abrogation of Article 370 and 35 A from Jammu and Kashmir, creation of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) post, Rs 100 lakh crore on developing infrastructure, population explosion, eliminate use of plastic bags, promote digital payments, water conservation, one nation, one election and many others.

Here are the important issues that Modi said during his speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort:

Abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir: Modi said with the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir, the dream of “One Nation, One Constitution” has been realised. He also lashed out at the opposition for speaking against the move, asking if they felt it was so necessary why didn’t they make it permanent in the past 70 years.

Creation of the CDS post: Modi said I want to announce a major decision from the Red Fort that India will have a Chief of Defence Staff — CDS. This is going to make the forces even more effective. The new CDS post will oversee all the three wings of the armed forces.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday during his Independence day speech touched several important issues. Pixabay

Abolition of triple talaq: Modi said it was aimed at benefitting the Muslim women. He said the country has taken several steps for women, including ending the evil of female foeticide. If we can take so many steps then why not raise our voice against the evil of triple talaq, so that our Muslim sisters get equal respect and are part of the country’s progress. The decision is not to be weighed in political terms.

Population explosion: Modi said population explosion will cause many problems for our future generations. But there is a vigilant section of public which stops to think, before bringing a child to the world, whether they can do justice to the child, give them all that she or he wants. They have a small family and express their patriotism to the country. Let’s learn from them. There is need of social awareness.

Jal Jeevan Mission: Modi announced a new Jal Jeevan Mission for realising the vision of Har Ghar Jal, or drinking water to every home, with an allocation of Rs 3,59,000 crore. Modi also asked the citizens to adopt the water conservation, they way they adopted the Swachh Bharat campaign.

Eliminate use of plastic: Modi said single-use plastic poses grave threat to the environment. The time for implementing such an idea has come. Teams must be mobilised to work in this direction. A significant step must come out by October 2.

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here are the important issues that Modi said during his speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort. Pixabay

Promote digital payment: Modi said shopkeepers already have a board outside their shops that reads: ‘Aaj nagad, kal udhar’. Similarly they can have a board saying ‘yes’ to digital payment and no to cash payment.

Simultaneous poll: Modi said the dream of one nation, one tax has been achieved by the implementation of the GST (Goods and Services Tax). Our nation has also successfully achieved One Nation, One Grid in the Power sector. Now today, India is talking about One Nation, One Election. So a discussion must be held on this.

Minimise use of fertilizers: Modi urged the farmers to minimise the use of chemical-based fertilizers in their farmlands.

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Wealth creation: Modi said wealth creation is a great national service. Let us never be wealth creators with suspicion. Only when wealth is created, it will be distributed. Those who create wealth are India’s wealth and we respect them.

Quality Export products: Modi said the time has come to think about how we can boost exports. Each district of India has so much to offer. Let us make local products attractive. May more export hubs emerge. Our guiding principle is ‘Zero Defect, Zero Effect’. (IANS)