Cheema condemns move to observe Aug 15 as black day

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2016 13:25 IST
Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema during a seminar at Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, in Ludhiana on Wednesday. (Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema condemned the move of some Sikh religious parties that observed August 15 as a black day demanding for freedom from India.

He said that those organisations are only provoking the citizens.“Some political parties as well as such organisations defame Punjab and Sikhs. Years ago, Sikhs got marked as terrorist only because of some politicians. This mark was later removed,” he said while addressing the gathering at a seminar on the books penned by former member of parliament Tarlochan Singh at Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle on Wednesday. Tarlochan Singh, former MP and former chairman of national minority commission expressed that the fight of these leaders is against the state government and not India.

“The anti-India move of some Sikh religious outfits is immature. Sikhs are always known for their struggles and they should participate in dialogue and comminication to fulfill their demands, leaving behind agitation,” he said. Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema said several memorials for showcasing Punjab’s rich culture, heritage and history were constructed in different parts of the state.

Cheema said that ever since the SAD-BJP formed government in the state, the chief minister Parkash Singh Badal wanted that our present generation should be fully aware about our rich culture, heritage and history as well as about Sikh values and religion.

He said that is why several memorials such as the VirasatE-Khalsa at Sri Anandpur Sahib, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Memorial in Chappar Chiri, Wadda Ghallughara, Chota Ghallughara, Maharaja Dalip Singh Memorial in Bassian near Raikot, besides several other memorials were constructed.

He said that the Jang-E-Azadi memorial is under constructed and would be ready soon. Cheema said with the help of these memorials, our present generation has learnt a lot about our rich culture, heritage and history.

He also urged the Sikh educationists and scholars present during the seminar that new age technology tools such as internet, films, TV, social media should be put to use to the fullest if we want the masses to know about our rich culture, heritage, history and religion.

He said that the movie, ‘Chaar Sahibzaade’ has played an important role in educating the youngsters about the life and sacrifices of the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji and his family.

He said that such was the positive impact that the Punjab government is now showing this film in all parts of the state.

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