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Singapore: A two-day exhibition was put up at a gurdwara in Singapore on Saturday to display the artifacts belonging to a Sikh saint-soldier.

Photo from sikhsiyasat.net
Photo from sikhsiyasat.net

The exhibition, put up at Gurdwara Sahib Silat Road in Bukit Merah area of Singapore as part of a month-long festival to honour Sikh saint-soldier, Bhai Maharaj Singh, features some of his personal items such as a salottar (wooden stick used as a support and weapon), dastaar chakkar (turban steel quoits used to retain the shape of a turban) and a mala (rosary) belonging to the spiritual leader, The Straits Times reported on Saturday.

The items on display are on loan until July 5 from his descendants in India.

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Picture from sikhunity.wordpress.com

Bhai Maharaj is believed to be the first Sikh in Singapore. He was taken to Singapore in 1850 after he was arrested by the British. It was feared that his detention in India may cause unrest as he was revered by the Sikh community in India for his spirituality, patriotic fervour and for standing up against British dominion.

Bhai Maharaj was lodged in Outram prison in Singapore where no light or fresh air could enter. Six years later, on July 5, 1856, he passed away after losing his eyesight and developing throat cancer.

“We are very privileged to be able to exhibit some of Bhai Maharaj Singh’s personal artifacts this year. With this, people can learn even more about this great saint-soldier. Having served the community and having endeavoured to be a good human being through the attainment of high spirituality, Bhai Maharaj Singh is an embodiment of the concept of Miri Piri (spirituality and community service),” Gurdwara chairman Baljit Singh said.

This year marks the 159th year of his death.

(IANS)

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Responding to one of his follower’s question on why Tesla was not yet in Singapore, Musk tweeted late Thursday: “Government has been unwelcome.”

This is not the first time Musk has complained about Singapore.

Last year, he tweeted that he wants Tesla in Singapore but the government was “not supportive” of electric vehicles.

Responding to another tweet, Musk said: “Singapore has enough area to switch to solar/battery and be energy-independent.”

Not just Singapore, Musk is also critical of the Indian government when it comes to Tesla.

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Musk, who visited China in May in July last year, said he wants to visit India in early 2019 but the country generally makes him feel hopeless due to tough government regulations.

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In a separate tweet later, Musk said he was keen to be in India soon. “Probably early next year.”

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