Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhdev – still not awarded ‘Martyr’ status

We have seen true patriots over centuries past. We have seen soldiers die for their love of this great country. There have been martyrs and there have been heroes. And then there were Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev…

We have seen true patriots over centuries past. We have seen soldiers die for their love of this great country. There have been martyrs and there have been heroes. And then there were Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev…

What was it or rather what is it about them that makes them our undisputed role models? We have been reading about many brave hearts across our history who willingly and with a wide smile on their faces looked death in the eye and numerous of them accepted it as their fate just for their love of India. Still… the way Bhagat Singh embraced death for the love of nation… is something that gives me goosebumps.

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Born on 28th September 1907, Bhagat Singh came to be known as a prominent freedom fighter. People don’t know that even his father, Kishan Singh was a true patriot and he was in jail at the time of Bhagat’s Singh’s birth. His uncle, Sardar Ajit Singh too was a great Indian freedom fighter. He established the Indian Patriot’s Association. It will only be fair to say that the love for their nation flowed in their very veins and patriotism was in their blood.

Bhagat Singh was the voice of the young India then and he had very clear notions and thoughts about the current situation of the country.

While opposing Simon’s Commission, Lala Lajpat Rai with Pandit Madan Mohan had started a silent protest march in Lahore. It was during this protest march that Superintendent of Police James Scott hit Lala Lajpat Rai repeatedly with lathi that caused his death. Bhagat Singh was an eye witness to this act and decided to kill Scott as revenge. But dues to some identity misunderstanding, he killed a junior officer.

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On April 8, 1929, Bhagat Singh, along with freedom fighter Batukeshwar Dutt, hurled two bombs inside the Central Legislative Assembly in New Delhi to protest against an unfavourable Bill. He willingly got arrested while shouting the slogans of ‘Inquilab Zindabad ‘. 

We know him as “Shaheed Bhagat Singh” because he was one of the youngest to have sacrificed his life for the freedom of our country. He was a prominent leader of the “Hindustan Social republican Association” and was hanged till death by the British on 23rd March, 1931. But sadly, Indian government has not yet accorded Bhagat SIngh or Rajguru or Sukhdev the status of martyrs!

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There can never be any match or words to describe the role of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru in India’s freedom struggle. Their courage, intellect, dedication, commitment, sincerity, selflessness, patriotism, non-communal stance, and love for the downtrodden makes them an inspiration for generations to come. I request PM Narendra Modi Ji to accord them the status of martyrs. That would be the best tribute to their selfless sacrifices. #JaiHind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is Kejriwal unaware about the truth of Tipu Sultan?

Why has Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal chosen to put portrait of Tipu Sultan (The controversial figure- The Tyrant of Mysore) among 70 Indian heroes as freedom fighter at the Portrait Gallery in Delhi Assembly? Is he unaware of the black deeds of Tipu Sultan or does he wish to gain something like please a particular community by doing so?

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Let me tell you how history describes Tipu Sultan as – A tyrannical king who was neither patriot nor secular. During his rule, he persecuted minorities (especially Hindu & Christians) particularly in Coorg, Calicut, Cochin, Malabar, Bednur and Mangalore.

Isn’t Kejriwal aware that Tipu Sultan himself had written to Burduz Zamaun Khan on 19 January 1790, “Don’t you know I have achieved a great victory recently in Malabar and over four lakh Hindus were converted to Islam“? Is Kejriwal so ignorant that he forgot history narration how during the siege of Mangalore, Tipu’s soldiers daily exposed the heads of many innocent Brahmins within sight from the fort for the Zamorin and his Hindu followers to see.

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Let me also tell Kejriwal that famous Hindu Temples -Thalipparampu and Thrichambaram of Chirackal Taluqa, Ponmeri Temple of Badakara, and Thiruvangatu of Tellicherry were smashed by Tipu Sultan. Tipu Sultan declared his kingdom as Islamic State and implemented Sharia rule & calendar.

In Malabar, the main targets of Tipu Sultan’s atrocities were Hindus and Hindu temples. According to Lewis B. Boury, the atrocities committed by Tipu Sultan in Malabar were far more barbarous than those committed by the notorious Mahmud of Ghazni, Alauddin Khalji, and Nadir Shah. In fact, Tipu Sultan has been called “Aurangzeb of the South” but cunning politicians like Arvind Kejriwal continue painting him as a hero, patriot, and freedom fighter. All for a few votes, Kejriwal Ji?

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He changed the names of historical cities & villages and gave them Islamic colours like Mangalore or Mangalapuri was changed to Jalalabad, Mysore to Nazarabad, Bepur to Sultanpatanam, Cannanore to Kusanabad, Gooty to Faiz-Hissar, Dharwar to Quarshed-Sawad, Dindigul to Khaliqabad, Ratnagiri to Mustafabad, Kozhikode to Islamabad, and Dindigul to Khaliqabad.

Putting his portrait as a freedom fighter in Delhi Vidhan Sabha gallery has badly hurt the sentiments of Indians. Kejriwal Ji, it is time to rectify history and pay tribute to real heroes like Baba Baghel Singh, Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia and Sardar Jassa Singh Ramgarhia, Prithviraj Chauhan, Porus who fought against foreign invaders- Muhammad Gauri, Mughals, Nadir Shah, Ahmed Shah Abdali etc. Name of Bhai Randhir Singh should also be included as he was one of the leading freedom fighters against British.

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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!

 

NCERT to include a chapter on Chaar Sahibzaade in its textbooks

What motivated me to take up this mission is the zeal to make the next generation aware of  supreme sacrifice made by Chaar Sahibzaade for the nation and humanity.

Every time I shared some post or video about the story of Chaar Sahibzaade, friends and followers on Twitter and Facebook would express their desire to know more. Many often said that their story should be taught as a part of our history books. Today, I am so glad that from next academic year, NCERT books will include a chapter narrating the story of Chaar Sahibzaade.

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has agreed to consider inclusion of a chapter on ‘Char Sahibzaade’ of Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji in its syllabus from next year.This was communicated by NCERT.

WhatsApp Image 2017-12-22 at 4.31.00 PM The credit for the same goes to out Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narinder Modi Ji. I had urged him to issue suitable directions for accomplish this task.

In a communiqué written to me on the issue, the Secretary of the NCERT Major Harsh Kumar stated that Director NCERT has appreciated my concern regarding inclusion of story of ‘Chaar Sahibzaade’ for their unparallel valour and supreme sacrifice in India.  He informed that new policy of education is in progress which will give direction for development of National curriculum framework, syllabi and curricular material for schools.  His letter states that this suggestion will be  placed before the expert committee/text book development committee while developing syllabi and curricular material for social science  in general and history in  particular.

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What motivated me to take up this mission is the zeal to make the next generation aware of  supreme sacrifice made by these four Sahibzaadas for the nation and humanity. There is no parallel in the world of the sacrifice they made at such a tender age. That’s why it is imperative for the children of the nation to know how and when  incidents of historical importance took place which shaped the destiny of the country.

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I now urge all the education boards of different states to include chapters on history  of supreme sacrifice in their syllabi so that children studying in these states can get equipped with these incidents of historical importance.

I also seek support of all in requesting our PM Modi Ji to consider dedicating Children’s Day to the life of Chaar Sahibzaade. That would be true tribute to their supreme sacrifice.

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It’s time to tell the youth about Mai Bhago

Everyone who believes that women are not warriors… should read this piece. It is about a courageous woman Mai Bhago who lived in the times of Aurangzeb, the cruel ruler who had waged a military war against Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Read about the bravery and amazing strength of Mai Bhago which no history books tell you –

Everyone who believes that women are not warriors… should read this piece. It is about a courageous woman Mai Bhago who lived in the times of Aurangzeb, the cruel ruler who had waged a military war against Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Read about the bravery and amazing strength of Mai Bhago which no history books tell you –

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Mai Bhago was given learned military training by her father, Malo Shah. So when she came to know that 40 soldiers from her own village had deserted deserted Guru Sahib while Mughal army was chasing them, she became very angry. She scolded them and told all the village women to not extend any welcome to the deserters.

She took her horse and got ready to fight for Guru Sahib. Her behaviour ashamed men and all 40 of them rallied with her to go back into battle with her and protect Guru Sahib.

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She showed her wits in camping around the only well of an area where Mughal army was chasing Guru Sahib. It was a dry well; she deliberately held the position to lure Mughal army for water. Mughal troops were in large number but the 40 Sikh warriors gave them a tough fight.

Those 40 Sikh soldiers died in this fight but Mai Bhago survived. On the other hand, the Mughal soldiers who were dying of thirst discovered that the well was dry and felt helpless. They abandoned chasing Guru Sahib and went in other direction to search water.

The brave woman not only stalled the Mughal army’s chase but also gave Guru Sahib time to take lead. She went on become bodyguard to Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

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Mai Bhago Ji was one of the bodyguards of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji

Isn’t she an inspiration for the modern woman of India?

Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji’s supreme sacrifice – foundation of a great India

Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji’s supreme sacrifice for the nation and to protect the faith of Kashmiri Pandits earned the coveted title of “Hind-di-Chadar” or the Shield of India.

In the entire world, there will be no other example than the supreme sacrifice of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur who sacrificed himself to protect the integrity and culture of our nation. I pay obeisance to his sacrifice and wish to narrate the story to the younger lot how inspirational the lives of our Guru Sahibs have been!

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Kashmiri Pandits approached Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur for help against Aurangzeb’s forced conversion drive.

History accounts for the cruelty of Aurangzeb and how he stated converting Hindus to Muslim religion in all parts of India forcefully. He however could not get desired results while pursuing vigorous conversion of high caste Brahmins of Kashmir. because Kashmiri Brahmins had approached Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur in 1674 AD to save them from Aurangzeb’s ruthlessness.

Guru Sahib chose his son, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, as the next guru of the Sikhs and decided to stand up for the right of freedom of worship. He told the delegation of Kashmiri Pandits to tell Aurangzeb that if he could convert Guru Tegh Bahadur… they would gladly convert too.

Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib accompanied by five Sikhs Bhai Mati Das, Bhai Dyal Das, Bhai Sati Das, Bhai Gurditta and Bhai Uda were arrested in Agra and brought back to Delhi. Aurangzeb first tried to lure them with riches and upon his failure, forced them to convert to Muslim religion.
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To this, Guru Sahib replied, “All men are created by God and therefore must be free to worship in any manner they like.I don’t fear death and am prepared to die.”

Guru Sahib’s fearlessness angered Aurangzeb and he ordered his men to torture Guru Sahib’s followers. His first follower was cut longitudinally into two pieces with a saw by fixing him in wooden planks, another was boiled in water and the third was burnt in cotton wool.

In the end, Aurangzeb ordered execution of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur. Before He was beheaded, Guru Sahib had tied a small note on a string around his neck. When Guru Sahib’s head was severed, the note was read. It said,

ਸੀਸ ਦੀਆ ਪਰ ਸਿਰਰੁ ਨ ਦੀਆ ॥ sees dheea par sirar n dheea || सीस दीआ पर सिररु न दीआ ॥

“I gave my head, but not my Faith.”

The exact location of the beheading is marked by Gurdwara Sis Ganj in Delhi.

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Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji’s supreme sacrifice for the nation and to protect the faith of Kashmiri Pandits earned the coveted title of “Hind-di-Chadar” or the Shield of India.

5 things that make Baba Banda Singh Bahadur the greatest Sikh warrior!

Not many people know about the valour of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur; a fact I truly feel sorry about. Our History books should be narrating the stories of great warriors born in India who made Mughals and Britishers dread the sons of soil.

Not many people know about the valour of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur; a fact I truly feel sorry about. Our History books should be narrating the stories of great warriors born in India who made Mughals and Britishers dread the sons of soil. Instead, our children end up reading about the lavish ways of Akbar the great and Delhi Sultanate.

I am sharing this piece just to make Indian aware about Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. Hon’ble Prime Minister Sh Narendra Modi Ji has also spoken in length on Baba Banda Singh Bahadur when the country celebrated the great warrior’s 300th martyrdom at New Delhi in 2016. PM Narendra Modi Ji also took part in the commemoration releasing a book and souvenir on his life.

Take a look at five most amazing aspects of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur’s life –

  1. Baba Banda Singh Bahadur had become a bairagi as he renounced his comfortable life and left his home at the age of 15. It was Dasham Pitah Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji who created an awareness in him that he is a Sikh and a warrior and he should fight for the people and justice. Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji gifted Banda Singh five arrows, one Nagara, five Khalsa Singhs and a handwritten message for Sangat. Their meeting happened at Nanded.

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2. Baba Banda Singh Bahadur created a Sikh army of warriors and  succeeded in capturing back large part of Punjab by defeating Mughals in the Battle of Samana. He established Sikh rule and minted coins in the name of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

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3. The biggest conquest for Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was the victory in Sirhind where  he defeated Wazir Khan, the cruel Governor of Sirhind who ordered the execution of Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji and Sahibzada Zorawar Singh Ji in 1705. Historians account that Wazir Khan was beheaded by the Sikh army in the battle of Chappar Chiri in May 1710. Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP led Punjab Govt built a monument, Fateh Burj, at Chappar Chiri to pay tribute to the great warrior Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.

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4. He not only defeated the Mughals with his strength but also with his wit. When Mughal army laid a siege at Lohgarh to capture Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, he fooled the Mughals by making his General Gulab Singh dress like him. The plan worked and Baba Banda Singh Bahadur escaped the siege successfully.

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5. It is said that emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was very scared of Baba Banda Singh’s valour. His army succeeded in capturing Baba Banda Singh in 1715 along with his son and many Sikh warriors. The Mughal army bound all the captives head and foot in chains and paraded them all the way to Lahore. Mughals inflicted goriest torture on Sikh soldiers and asked them to accept Islam. Upon refusal, Mughal army pulled out the Sikh warriors’ eyes and chopped off their hands and feet. Mughals humiliated Baba Banda Singh by carving out the heart of his son and forcing it into Baba Banda Singh’s mouth. Despite such torture, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur didn’t betray the spirit of Sikhsim.

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Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has installed his huge statue near the Mandi House metro station in New Delhi. Delhi govt led by Arvind Kejriwal had refused to extend any help for the same so the land was provided by Punjab Government led by S. Parkash Singh Badal Ji and the statue was also gifted by him.

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No words can suffice his gallantry and committed administration. If we truly wish to pay a tribute to this great Sikh warrior, we should narrate his story to our children.