Children’s Day should be celebrated to pay tribute to Chaar Sahibzaade

Whenever I talk about the ‘Shahadat’ of Dasham Pitah Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s sons; I feel overwhelming emotions because there exists no other example in history of any other country where children laid down their lives so fearlessly… for the sake of humanity and commitment.

Whenever I talk about the ‘Shahadat’ of Dasham Pitah Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s sons; I feel overwhelming emotions because there exists no other example in history of any other country where children laid down their lives so fearlessly… for the sake of humanity and commitment.

Let me first tell you the story of Chaar Sahibzaade and their exceptional Sacrifice.

There is a beautiful line we all often quote ‘Nikian Jinda Wada Saka’. which translates into “Supreme Sacrifice of Little Ones”. The quote denotes the way  four sons of Dashmesh Pita Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Ji, Sahibzada Jujhar Singh Ji, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh Ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji, achieved martyrdom.

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Sahibzada Ajit Singh Ji and Sahibzada Jujhar Singh Ji were 18 and 14 years old respectively when they along with 40 Sikh warriors gave a strong fight to the Mughal Army in the battle of Chamkaur Sahib. They achieved martyrdom as warriors in this battle.

The younger ones, Chote Sahibzaade, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh Ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji, were just 6 and 9 years old. Mughal army arrested Mata Gujri Ji (the mother of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji) and Chote Sahibzadas near Morinda. From there, they were handed over to Suba Sirhind, where they were imprisoned, in the Thanda Burj (Cold Tower). Nawab Wazir Khan of Sirhind was a cruel man. He asked them to convert to Islam if they wanted to live a happy and comfortable life.

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Historians account that the brave kids had replied raising Jaikara, “Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh”. Chote Sahibzaade told Wazir Khan that Sikhism was dearer to them and they were kids of lion Guru Gobind Singh and grandsons of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur who laid down his life to defend the right of religious freedom.

Upon their continuous rejection of the idea of adopting Islam, Nawab Wazir Khan decided to punish them and in a heinous and cold-blooded manner.

Sahibzada Fateh Singh and Sahibzada Zorawar Singh were bricked alive and later killed in the presence of entire Assembly.

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Words fail to describe the infinite courage shown by them who were bravery and focussed to stand for the ideals set by their grandfather and father. They were not even lured by the promise of lavish gifts and cosy comforts.

They chose a painful and tragic death entombed within a wall of bricks and mortar but made no compromise on the values and ideals of Sikhism.

I ask you dear readers – have you ever heard or seen any such incident of bravery shown by kids of such young age? If no, let us all acknowledge this as the supreme sacrifice.

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It is my earnest wish that India should pay homage to their sacrifice by celebrating Children’s Day in their name. This will give children of our country the finest idols who stood bravely in the wake of torture and tyranny.

I request PM Narendra Modi Ji to pay tribute to the Shahadat of Chaar Sahibzaade by dedicating Children’s Day in their name.

 

 

A good lesson for everyone spreading hatred on social media

Digital India is not meant for Sakshi Bhardwajs to humiliate a community and make us fight with each other. Social media is meant for better use – like sharing each other’s happiness on all festive occasions.

In last few weeks, many people brought to my notice hate videos and Facebook posts posted by a girl named Sakshi Bhardwaj on internet.

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She was seen abusing Sikhs in all her videos and FB posts. She has used foul language against Sikh Guru Sahibs and baseless allegations against Sikh communities. Needless to say, such videos are highly provocative. I took offense to one such video in which she calls Sikhs “hypocrites” and “anti-national”. She has stooped down so low that she uses derogatory language for Sikhs describing the men as ‘women with long hair and wearing bangles’.

I thought the woman is a psychopath but then may be she was posting such content to evoke hatred feelings between Sikhs and Hindus.

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Taking a note of her ulterior motive, I filed a complaint against her and met DCP in this regard who assured me full support and quick action against her.

Many of us Reported ABUSE against her digital media ID on all platforms, Facebook and Twitter. She went on to such extent to target me personally in her posts!

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I especially want to thank Mr GS Walia, a chief commercial inspector in the Northern Railways, who moved a petition against Sakshi Bhardwaj in Delhi Court. He had even written to Google India asking it to take such videos down. Sadly, Google India did not accept his request.

But kudos to Indian Judiciary!

Last week, a Delhi court instructed Google India to take down videos and articles by Sakshi Bhardwaj, that too within a week.

The court said Sikhs were likely to “feel grave insult to their religious sentiments” if the videos continued to circulate.

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I wish to share with my readers that the lesson in this incident is clear – no one is allowed to affect the social harmony and law and order in our nation. Those who are deliberately spreading hatred among different communities are bound to lose every time we all stand united in favour of peace and universal brotherhood.

Digital India is not meant for Sakshi Bhardwajs to humiliate a community and make us fight with each other. Social media is meant for better use – like sharing each other’s happiness on all festive occasions.

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Ban on Hookah Bars in Delhi – AAP wakes up from slumber; only to take credit!

People can clearly see that AAP leadership has encouraged Hookah bars in Delhi with their silence in last two and a half years.

Yesterday, a tweet by Health Minister of Delhi govt. Satyendra Jain caught my attention. Sharing it here –

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After that order, I met LG Delhi to get this order of the GOI implemented in Delhi and on his orders, department of State Tobacco Control issued an order on July 21, 2017 banning Hookah bars in Delhi. Along with this new order issued at instance of LG, we  handed over copies of this order to the SHOs of Delhi to get this order implemented and get Hookah Bars closed in the National Capital.

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For last 4 months, I have approached NGT to get Hookah bars closed in Delhi and pursued case there. I called ‘Attention Motion’ on this issue three times in Delhi Vidhan Sabha but Speaker denied permission on the issue.
But thanks to the support of dignitaries including Union Health Minister Mr. Harshvardhan, Mr. KTS Tulsi, General JJ Singh, Mr. Manjit Singh GK President DSGMC, Mr. Manoj Tiwari, Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma, Mr. Vijayendra Gupta and general public, the Hookah Bars in Delhi are banned totally.

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But now… the AAP government has woken up from deep slumber only to claim that it has banned Hookah Bars. I ask Health Minister Mr. Satyendra Jain on which order he had issued and when to ban these Hookah Bars ?

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BJP MP Mr. Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma addressed a Press conference to clarify that AAP government Delhi has played no role in ban imposed on Hookah Bars in Delhi

People can clearly see that AAP leadership has encouraged Hookah bars in Delhi with their silence in last two and a half years. It is high time Mr Arvind Kejriwal stop wasting time and resources in dramebaazi… they have a full list of promises remaining unfulfilled. Public would never forgive their carelessness!

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Seeking the support of Sangat for Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib, Haridwar

We have made it very clear that Sikhs will not compromise to establish Gurdwara Gyan Godri on some another place till the Government doesn’t allocate the original venue of Gurdwara Gyan Godri on banks of Ganga river in Haridwar. 

Gurdwara Gyan Godhri, Haridwar is the historical Gurdwara associated with Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Ji. The Two Sikh Janam Sakhis narrate about the visit of Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Ji to Haridwar which took place on Vaisakhi in 1504 AD.

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Historical site of Gurdwara – at the banks of river Ganga

Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib was constructed on the banks of river Ganga where Guru Sahib had rejected the superstitious rituals and talked about omnipresent God.

Gurdwara Sahib was demolished during anti-Sikh movement days. The Sangat is trying ever since for the restoration of the Guru’s house. The same space is now occupied by an office of Scouts and Guides.

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This year, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee has given a clarion call to  Sikhs across the world to stand united to re-acquire the land of Gurdwara Gian Godri at Haridwar. The beginning of Gyan Godri campaign for the reconstruction of the historic Gurdwara Sahib was started with the Path of Japji Sahib on May 14, 2017.

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We had urged the Sangat to come together in Gurdwara Manji Sahib in Amritsar collectively to read the Japji Sahib Bani.

Recently, the municipal corporation record of 1935 depicts existence of a Gurdwara near Har ki Pauri. Documents of the Bharat Scouts and Guides office also relate to a Gurdwara at the site. Surfacing of this evidence will boost our campaign to re-establish the Gurdwara Sahib.

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We have made it very clear that Sikhs will not compromise to establish Gurdwara Gyan Godri on some another place till the Government doesn’t allocate the original venue of Gurdwara Gyan Godri on banks of Ganga river in Haridwar.

I seek the support of people of all religion in coming forward to restore the historical Gurdwara Sahib at Haridwar. I wish to share it with all that Haridwar is the place during fourth ‘Udaasi’, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji had shared the message of humanity. We all should raise a collective and stronger voice so that Uttar Pradesh Government re-establishes the Gurdwara that reflects the valuable teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Ban on Hookah Bars in Delhi – People are the real winners!

Finally I did what I promised – my efforts to close hookah bars in national capital have borne fruit and Delhi State Tobacco Control (DSTBC) has ordered closure of all Hookah bars in Delhi.

Finally I did what I promised – my efforts to close hookah bars in national capital have borne fruit and Delhi State Tobacco Control (DSTBC), following the notification from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare dated 23 May, 2017 which completely prohibits use of hookah even in smoking zones, has ordered closure of all Hookah bars in Delhi.
Delhi State Tabacco Control vide F.No. 7(6)/STCC/DHS/14-15/6796 dated 21.07.2017 has completely prohibited the use of Hookah in Delhi. Consequently, there will be no hookah bars in Delhi.
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In last four months, we have been trying to spread awareness about Hookah smoking which causes potential health effects on hookah smokers particularly among the young boys and girls. The fact that hookah contains harmful chemicals including carbon monoxide, metals and cancer causing chemicals, tar etc. makes it lethal for the younger lot. Public too showed their disapproval for such Hookah Bars in Delhi. Especially the parents of youngsters came out in large number to support my cause because they were getting worried seeing the drug-inclination of their young ones graduating from Hookah to smoking and then to drugs!
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I took up this matter with Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble LG Delhi and even submitted evidence to National Green Tribunal to get these Hookah bars closed with a single aim of saving the youth of the Delhi. I submitted strong credible evidence to National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairman on disastrous effect of hookah smoking on environment.
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I am thankful to all the people of Delhi particularly those who not only directly supported the cause but also became part of the campaign from time to time. The latest order of the DSTBC has made it clear that there will be no Hookah Bar allowed to operate in Delhi. As per another order of the Health Ministry, no Hookah material can be served even in the service cabins established for smoking.
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I am now warning the Hookah Bar owners that if they don’t obey orders on closure of these bars, then we will be forced to physically shut down these bars in order to save the youth of the Delhi. Nothing matters more to me than the future of our youth and I will do all that I can to save the youth of Delhi from Hookah menace.
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I thank Dr Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble LG Delhi Anil Baijal Ji, Maheish Girri Ji, KTS Tulji Ji and other dignitaries who understood the gravity of the problem and extended their support to ban Hookah bars in National Capital.

Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Setu – The signage now shows the great warrior’s name

The very idea behind naming roads and monuments after great personalities is to keep reminding the younger lot about our glorious heroes of the past

Today, we did something that delighted our hearts – we ensured putting signage boards in the Delhi flyover at Barapulla which Delhi Chief Minister and AAP Convener Mr. Arvind Kejriwal had promised to rename after the legend national hero Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.

The important thing to note is –

  • CM Kejriwal made the announcement of changing the name of Barapulla flyover to Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Setu before Punjab elections.

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  • A full page AD was given announcing the name change; it has been more than a year but the changed signage was never put despite my repeated reminders and letters.

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  • CM Kejriwal is an habitual offender and a liar who always forgets his promises once the elections season is over.

Many people including Arvind Kejriwal fans asked me that since the name exists in Google Map, what is the need of a Signage or a road side board?

Let me answer – The reason we name roads and monuments after great personalities is to keep reminding the younger lot about our glorious heroes of the past. I am very sure whenever a family crosses Kautilya Road or Baba Kharak Singh Marg or Tilak Marg, children sitting with you will ask who was Kautilya or Baba Kharak Singh and so on. And that’s how conversation about our rich past starts.

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The same has been the motive in my mind when we ensured putting up the signage highlighting Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Setu. I want more and more people to read about Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, the great warrior who defeated Mughals and ensured justice for the masses.

Mr.Kejriwal, by ignoring to change the signage has tried to belittle the great national hero about whom Pm Sh. Narinder Modi Ji himself had said that nation owes it survival to Baba Banda Singh Bahadur ji and he bows his head before this great personality.

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Keeping the sentiments of the people in mind, we have today put up signage of renaming this bridge Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Setu and hence after today it will be known by this name.

I would like to say that making an announcement is one thing; following it up with action at ground level is another! Until Mr Kejriwal walks the talk, he would be called a manipulator and a fraud… by every Delhite, sooner or later!

Sabse Bada ‘Promise-breaker’ kaun?

Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi!
The list of promises broken by AAP President is far bigger than anyone else’ list!

Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi!

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It is difficult to begin the list; should we talk about the promise made by CM Kejriwal before Delhi elections when he shouted on the top of his voice promising people 15 lakh CCTV Cameras in Delhi and 8 lakh government jobs to youth?  The promise of Free WiFi in Delhi or last mile connectivity, or ensuring women’s safety on buses by deploying marshals or opening of new schools and colleges… name any promise and it appears unfulfilled.

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What disgusts me the most is Mr Kejriwal’s repeated and rhetoric statements on clean and transparent governance! Look at the profile of tainted minister Satyender Jain in his cabinet. Mr Jain has been handling important portfolios like Health, Industries, Home, Public Work Department, Power, Urban Development and Transport etc. as a minister. And all these departments are messed up badly for which the price is being paid by Delhi people.

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Not only this, Mr Jain has been linked in Hawala scams for which Karawal MLA Kapil Mishra has even handed over the ‘evidence’ against Satyendra Jain to the Anti-Corruption Branch. But Mr Kejriwal hasn’t questioned or doubted Mr Jain even once! Simply because, Kejriwal’s co-brother Surendra Bansal has also been one of the beneficiaries in one of the PWD scams done by Satyendra Jain.

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Kejriwal has fared badly in providing civic amenities to people. He promised to regularise the unauthorised colonies in Delhi in a year and hand the ownership rights over to the occupants. But, nothing has happened. People are not even getting basic civic amenities. Even today, many people have complained to Aaj Tak team that they are getting dirty water supply in their home. Thousands of households everyday complain of water shortage.

Arvind Kejriwal broke the promise of regularizing guest teachers. Rather made the issue a political one blaming the center. The truth is the Bill to regularize Guest teachers in Delhi does not talk of financial accountability of Delhi government. So how did AAP govt plan to regularize guest teachers without assuming financial responsibility? Another lip-service by Kejriwal, nothing else.

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And the worst part – Instead of working for public education or health, Kejriwal government gave 399 licences for liquor vendors in 371 working days. There is a tremendous growth in the number of Hookah Bars in Delhi ever since Kejriwal came to power. Was this one of his promises?

So now every time Kejriwal says, ‘I will make Delhi London’… I wish to tell him that please make it the Delhi we all deserve. We don’t want it to be like London!

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And somebody needs to tell him – Promise breakers get the worst punishment from the people.