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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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Glory to PM Modi and Country Angers Certain Forces

A few months back, the UN as well has crowned him with the Champions of the Earth, the highest environmental honor

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A few months back, the UN as well has crowned him with the Champions of the Earth, the highest environmental honor.

By: Salil Gewali

Many will not disagree that the PM Modi is fairly unpopular among a certain popular elite within the country. However, he has earned an immeasurable number of admirers outside the country. The fact why he is an eyesore for certain groups of people and celebrities while they are bowled over and ever supportive of specific dull-witted and inexperienced leaders is something very weird and contrasting. This phenomenon defies the long-held assumption that “education” makes one rational and free from the psychological shortfall. Nevertheless, PM Modi is least bothered what his smart detractors think and do against him.  He hardly wishes evil upon anyone. He has multiple of reasons to stay buoyed and cheery. The flood of praises coming from outside the country has always swelled PM Modi’s chest. Therefore, even in the foreign soil he goes, without a hitch, shouting at full throttle —‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.  

Truly, it’s totally wrong to ignore many achievements associated with PM Modi. Yes, he has been chosen to be honored with the highest civilian award – Order of Zayed by the UAE government.  Not just that, the countries like Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Palestine also have come forward to honor the Indian PM with their respective highest awards. A few months back, the UN as well has crowned him with the Champions of the Earth, the highest environmental honor. His unfaltering dedication and devotion to execute formulated policies and planes have yielded positive results, though some section of powerful people try to undermine and demean them all.

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Modi government has been able to pull off many thorny external affairs and issues too quickly.

What is most attractive in PM Modi is that he is smartly clever to strike the personal kinship with any individual foreign leaders and diplomats. Yes, due to his personal touch and warmth, the Modi government has been able to pull off many thorny external affairs and issues too quickly. Of course, this is doubtlessly praiseworthy. Yes, good truths should be not suppressed and falsehood should not be exaggerated.

However, a very strange vibe is noticed in the country. It is nothing but an unenthusiastic silence maintained by the popular media when Modi receives some accolades and appreciation. Many choose not to mention it at all, not even as news-item. This all makes everything all the more conspicuous. Well, this, in fact, only prompts the swarm of netizens to be more active in social media, their battlefields. They are seen furiously vocal. The ranting, raving, and name-calling against the backdrop of the importance given to a certain class of leaders make the situation less pleasant and logical. Not just that people in the social media are quick to throw up contrasting examples citing how media goes gaga over a “less intelligent lot” while keeping deafening silence over things that bring glory and fame to the nation. This is doubtlessly a bizarre development. This way the detractors or opponents always run the risk of losing their own integrity.

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A business done by sacrificing integrity ends up in disaster. Opposition to ideas and political parties is always welcome, which is democratic, but the biased attitude against the “truth” and positivity can only dilute the sanctity of the enterprise and professionalism. As concerned citizens, should we not first want that the light of glory and joy dispel the gloom of darkness and despair in the country? Let’s not waste our precious life by struggling to call the untruth as truth and vice versa. This exercise only contributes to polluting our mindset and the country becomes less peaceful and more vulnerable.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great Minds on India’.

Twitter:  @SGewali