Dal Khalsa has released a poster narrating the decade-long journey to raise a memorial to Operation Bluestar and given credit to Damdami Taksal chief Baba Harnam Singh Dhuma for making the long-pending demand of the Sikh community a reality.
The poster distributed during the 'kar sewa' of the memorial listed the sequence of events year by year since the SGPC passed a resolution to construct the memorial in February 2002. The first copy of the poster was handed over to Baba Harnam Singh and later copies were distributed to the devotees.
The organisation, which spearheaded the campaign for the memorial since 2003, in its literature has given credit to Baba Dhuma for "mentally preparing the leadership of the Shiromani Akali Dal, who after much hesitation gave the go-ahead to the SGPC to build the memorial".
The SGPC gave its approval to the memorial at its executive meeting at Anandpur Sahib on May 3 and accepted the report of the five-member sub-committee formed for the purpose in June last year. The sub-committee comprised Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Jaspal Singh, former pro-VC Prithpal Singh Kapur, Baba Harnam Singh Dhuma, SGPC senior vice-president Raghujit Singh Virk and SGPC executive member Rajinder Singh Mehta.
The decision to construct the memorial was taken by the executive on July 20, 2002, but the sub-committee was formed only last year after the radical groups put pressure on the SGPC and even threatened to go ahead with the memorial if the religious body "did not honour its commitment made to the Sikh community".
Four 'Panthic' radical groups also had gone ahead and constituted a 'Saka Darbar Sahib', Operation Bluestar panel, comprising Sikh historians and intellectuals, to suggest about the space and shape of the memorial. The panel submitted its final report to the SGPC last month.