5 things every Indian must know about Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia

Do you know about this champion warrior under whose leadership, Dal Khalsa inflicted humiliating defeats on Nadir Shah, Mir Mannu, Adena Beg, Zakria Khan, Salabat Khan and Jahan Khan.?

May 3rd is the third birth centenary of Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, Sultan-ul-Quom and a fearless Sikh Jarnail who scripted Delhi Fateh by defeating Mughal rule Shah Alam II

Let me tell you 5 incredible things about this warrior which will make your chest swell with pride –

  1. Jassa Singh Ahluwalia and his misl Dal Khalsa looted the booty of Ahmad Shah Abdali, the cruel Afghan invader. He took revenge from Sikhs by carrying out a full-scale massacre – Vadda Ghallughara in which nearly 25,000 to 30,000 Sikhs were killed. Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwalia sustained 22 wounds on his chest in this battle!

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2. He was the one who built the Gurdwara of Fatehgarh Sahib after defeating cruel Zalim Khan, the Nawab of Sirhind who had bricked alive the Chote Sahibzaade owing to his enmity with Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj.

3. Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Ji was a champion warrior. Under his leadership, Dal Khalsa inflicted humiliating defeats on Nadir Shah, Mir Mannu, Adena Beg, Zakria Khan, Salabat Khan and Jahan Khan.

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4. The collective efforts of Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, Baba Baghel Singh and Baba Jassa Singh Ramgarhia Ji resulted in Sikhs conquerring the Red Fort and hoisting the kesri Nishan Sahib. It is said that Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwali dethroned the Mughal Takht-o-Taus and took it to Sri Darbar Sahib as a sign of surrender of Mughal arrogance.

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Despite making supreme sacrifices for over 40 years, Jassa Singh Ahluwalia did not claim any privileged status for himself

5. And last, but the most important, he is the one who saved 2200 Indian girls and women enslaved by Ahmed Shah Abdali by attacking at midnight 12. This battle story was codenamed “12 Baj Gaye” which has been turned into a joke on SIkhs by some insensitive people.

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I request you all to share this article and tell more and more people about the glorious life and contribution of Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Ji.

Let us do our part even if our history books have failed to tell all this!

Hola Mohalla – Shining Swords reflect the brilliance of Sikhism

Let me tell you about Hola Mohalla – a festival of Courage, Hope, And Faith played amid Colours in Punjab.

Hola Mohalla is Punjab’s biggest annual fair which is celebrated every year at Anandpur Sahib immediately after Holi. A festival which epitomizes the spirit and valour of Punjab, Hola Mohalla has earned the stature of a National Festival as well in the year 1996. The festival gives pilgrims and visitors a chance to bask in the glory of Punjabi spirit, Sikh religion and Punjabi courage. It is one of those unforgettable Punjabi festivals which reflect the dedication & heroism of Punjabi community and Punjabi way of life.

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History – Hola Mohalla gets celebrated in Anandpur Sahib on the day following the festival of Holi. The practice of Hola Mohalla was started by Sh Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Sikh guru. The festival is celebrated for three consecutive days; each day the participants can witness rare display of physical strength by Sikh warriors. It has been beleievd that Guru Gobind Singh rechristened the Holi festival as Hola Mohalla and used the festive occasion to indulge his forces in martial arts and the art of warfare. In those days, Guru Sahib made his Sikh warriors, Nihangs, to form two groups and engage in mock battle which was like a practice of war for them.

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What all make Hola Mohalla so very special –

Three days of energy & enthusiasm; there is so much excitement you would want to be a part of.

  • Shining swords and long spears in the hands of warrior Sikhs.
  • Conical turbans and twirled-up moustaches of Nihangs
  • Daredevil acts by Guru di laadli Fauj; acts like bareback horse-riding, standing erect on two speeding horses, Gatka (mock encounters), tent pegging etc
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  • Music and Poetry competitions
  • Kirtans and Langars
  • The last day procession which is led by Panj Pyaras. This processions starts from Takht Keshgarh Sahib, one of the five Sikh religious seats, and passes through various important gurdwaras like Qila Anandgarh, Lohgarh Sahib, Mata Jitoji and terminates at the Takht

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So next time, make sure to visit Sri Anandpur Sahib to cherish Hola Mohalla!

 

Rabindranath Tagore paid tribute to Sikh heroism through his poems

Not many people know that Nobel laureate and revered poet Rabindranath Tagore Ji was inspired by Sikhism and the valour of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji so much that he wrote three beautiful poems titled ”Gobind Guru”, ”Veer Guru” and ”The Last Lesson” on Guru Sahib.
He has also written a composition titled ”Bandi Veer” about Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and an essay on Guru Nanak”s Sacha Sauda at the age of 21 years for a Bengali children”s magazine called ”Balak”. Isn’t it amazing – Banda Bahadur never set foot in Bengal, but Tagore’s work enshrined his name in Bengali literature.

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I read in a book that Rabindranath Tagore had studied the Sikh Religion deeply and was very impressed by the splendid philosophy of Sikhism and the Sikh way of life. The fact that he returned his Knighthood back to Britishers hen the ‘Jallianwala Bagh Massacre’ took place shows how much respect he had for Sikhs and how deeply he was pained at the way Sikhs were treated.

I feel that Tagore must have bonded with Sikhism from his childhood days when he visited Amritsar with his father. Marinating in the peaceful ambiance of Sri Harmandir Sahib must have cemented his bond with the Sikh legacy. One can even see the impact of Gurbani in Tagore’s own poetry like –

“Jodi e amaro hridaya –

duaro bandha rahe go

Kabhu dwar bhenge

Tumi asho, more prané,

Phiria jao na, Prabhu!”

I want to tell people that the  inspirational poem on Banda Singh Bahadur written by Rabindranath Tagore is taught in Bengali schools. Ironically, it has never been translated into Hindi or English or even Punjabi and is not a part of school curriculum in North India!

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As I get ready to visit West Bengal, I pay tribute to the great poet and social reformer of India. His legendary work and beautiful compositions are timeless treasures of our nation.

Sting Operation on Jagdish Tytler discloses his brutal deeds

If you haven’t seen the Sting Operation news of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, see it here – https://www.facebook.com/ptcnewsonline/videos/1719906354696093/

In this sting operation, Ex-Member of Parliament of Congress, Jagdish Tytler has admitted to killing 100 Sikhs during the 1984 Anti Sikh Genocide. DSGMC has released a series of 5 video clips of Jagdish Tytler.

In clip number 3, Tytler has admitted that he has killed 100 Sikhs and nothing happened to him except a sham enquiry. This is Mr. Tytler’s confession to the crime he has committed during the 1984 Anti Sikh Genocide.

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In clip 1, Tytler has expressed remorse for not being able to recover 150 crores cash from his friends… these words prima facie point to his undeclared black money and undisclosed transactions.

In Clip no 2 Tytler says – “High Command of Congress committed either we will give you Rajya Sabha seat or make you the CM of Delhi. The media is after my son, and is trying to expose him.”

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Despite this clear proof, if no action is taken even now… this will be a big blot on the judicial system of our nation.

DSGMC will launch strong protests against Police and agencies if no action is taken against Tytler and if needed, the matter would be vehemently raised in Parliament also.

Clip 4 contains videos where Mr. Tytler boasts about being close with Judiciary and how he has got Justice Pathak and Mrs. Justice Pathak appointed to the Court. It is worth to be noticed that on 26.02.2010, Delhi High Court had granted bail to Sajjan Kumar and other accused in one of the matters related to 1984 Anti Sikh Genocide. The order of the Delhi High Court was under a huge question mark since the very beginning and the present sting operation has given impetus to the suspicion.

Surfacing of new video evidence in which Tytler himself has not only admitted killing of more than 100 Sikhs but has also made disclosures on his black money and judicial links has created an atmosphere in which arrest of Tytler is must. His lie detector test, Narco test and polygraph test should be carried out immediately.

Time has come when all guilty including Tytler and Sajjan Kumar should be hanged for carrying out Sikh genocide which has been the most heinous act of the world.

Why I am demanding separate religious identity for Sikhs

Even when we all are one; for all legal purposes and to do away with confusion as well as discrimination; there is a need to amend Article 25 to give Sikhs a separate religious identity.

Even when we all are one; for all legal purposes and to do away with confusion as well as discrimination; there is a need to amend Article 25 to give Sikhs a separate religious identity.

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I have urged members  in Delhi Assembly to pass a resolution  to support demand of separate Sikh identity in the nation for which a minor constitutional amendment is required.
During my address in Vidhan Sabha, I reiterated that it needs to be recommended to Govt. of India to amend the article 25 clause (2) sub clause (b) read with explanation II of the Constitution of India in order to equate the Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs with Hindus as these are separate religions. The obvious object of Article 25 is to remove a patent cause of inequality. Article 25 is an article of faith in constitution, incorporated in recognition of the principle that the real test of true democracy is the ability of even an insignificant minority to find its identity under the country’s constitution. Under Article 25 clause 2 sub clause (b) read with explanation II, “the reference to HINDUS shall be construed as including a reference to persons professing the Sikh, Jains or Buddhist religion, and the reference to HINDU RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS shall be construed accordingly.

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I feel that the inclusionary definition relating to Sikh, Jains and Buddhist religions as included in the Hindu religion, though recognizing the distinctiveness of these religions on the face of it, has led to unavoidable confusion about the independent identity of these religions, thus defeating the object of Article 25.

I have appealed to  all the Members of the House that it is must to pass this resolution  so that the discrimination done to Buddhist, Jain and Sikhs should be removed and the Parliament of India should duly amend the Article 25 of the constitution of India because welfare of the people is the ultimate goal of all laws and state action and above all the constitution.

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This discrimination is on since decades and Sikhs and other minority communities were struggling to get justice on this issue. It is an appropriate time that when Delhi Assembly and other state assemblies pass such resolution to support the demand of these minorities.
I have appealed to the Speaker to adopt his resolution for passing in the assembly and gave notice for the same.

The story behind Maghi Jod Mela at Muktsar

Do you know the story how the famous city of Punjab, Muktsar, got its name? Let me tell you this beautiful story of valour and sacrifice that not only resulted in naming Khidrana as Muktsar but also is the reason why Maghi Jod Mela is commemorated every year at Mukstar.

Do you know the story how the famous city of Punjab, Muktsar, got its name? Let me tell you this beautiful story of valour and sacrifice that not only resulted in naming Khidrana as Muktsar but also is the reason why Maghi Jod Mela is commemorated every year at Mukstar.

Maghi Jod Mela is celebrated in the memory of forty Sikh martyrs who are also called Chalis Mukte. These forty brave men had once deserted Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji under pressure from Mughals at Anandpur Sahib. They had done so by giving a Bedahwa, the letter disclaiming them being a Sikh of the Guru. But then they ended up meeting with Mai Bhago Ji who made them realize their mistake and helped them take the corrective action.

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The forty brave men rejoined Guru Sahib and stood firm in their battle against Mughals which was led by Wazir Khan in 1705 December.

This battle was fought near the dhab or lake of Khidrana, also called Isharsar, on 29 December 1705 against a Mughal force who was desperately chasing Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. These brave 40 men stood like a wall and gave time to Guru Sahib to escape the army.

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History narrates that when Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji was collecting the dead bodies for cremation, He found one of them named Mahan Singh still clinging to life. Guru Sahib took him in his embrace, and sat down with him. Mahan Singh tearful and exhausted, requested Guru Sahib to forgive them and destroy the Bedahwa.

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Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji blessed the martyr and owing to Guru Sahib’s blessings, these martyrs were known as Chali Mukte, the Forty Immortals.

So because of this story, Khidrana came to known as Muktsar which means ‘the Pool of Liberation.’

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Every year, pilgrims visit Muktsar on Maghi and take a dip in the sacred water tanks of Muktsar. Maghi mela is held at Muktsar Sahib every year to pay obeisance to the forty Sikh martyrs.

It’s time to review our history books…

Our history books arefull of details and discussions on Delhi Sultanate, Mughal rulers, Mughal architecture and the role of Mahatma Gandhi in Indian freedom struggle. Doesn’t this incomplete and biased history bother you?

Each one of us, despite our dislike for history, remembers the lessons we read in class 9 and 10 in our NCERT history books. They are full of details and discussions on Delhi Sultanate, Mughal rulers, Mughal architecture and the role of Mahatma Gandhi in Indian freedom struggle. Doesn’t this incomplete and biased history bother you?

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Why do our history books only talk about what Gandhi did? Why don’t we learn about what Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Chandrashekhar Azad and Maharana Pratap did for the freedom? Most of the history books don’t even mention what Sikhs did for the freedom of India.

Our history books don’t even narrate the story of Battle of Saragarhi which is considered an iconic event when 21 Sikhs faced over 10,000 Pashtuns at Saragarhi and won.

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It has been rightly said that History is written by the winners and the winners in Indian History have been foreign invaders. First it were foreign invaders and later the Britishers. Though Britishers were the recent invaders but our history is highly biased in favor of Islamic rulers as they left a very strong legacy and culture in India.

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How will our children come to know about the valour and sacrifices of vernacular heroes if our history books don’t even mention that?

Noticing this void, I had requested Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi Ji to direct NCERT to include a chapter on the life of Chaar Sahibzaade (sons of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji were lovingly called Sahibzaade). My request has been accepted and soon our NCERT history books will include a chapter on the story of Chaar Sahibzaade and their unparalleled sacrifice.

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But this is not just about Sikh history or Chaar Sahibzaade. Right now, our youngsters are facing a worse identity crisis and they need to discover their heroes. They should be made aware about countless Bhagat Singhs, Maharana Prataps and Rani Laxmi Bais.

If we do not raise our voice now, our kids will be left to imagine that the only fascinating part of Indian history was centered around Mughals and they will have to read through Google about heroes like Baba Banda Singh Bahadur!