Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday described Sikh military commander Banda Singh Bahadur as a great warrior and said farmers for the first time got their rights and the common man felt empowered due to his efforts.
Modi began his speech with the Sikh victory cry of “Jo bole so nihal...” and spoke a few sentences in Punjabi explaining the relevance of the sacrifice made by Baba Banda Bahadur Singh while defending the cause of freedom and socialism.
“Banda Singh Bahadur was not just a great warrior but was also very sensitive towards common people. After getting inspiration from Guru Gobind Singh, he imbibed values of a warrior and embarked on a new journey for social development,” Modi said at a function here to mark the 300th anniversary of the Sikh military commander’s martyrdom.
He said the present generation should seek inspiration from the life of Banda Bahadur and try to emulate him in their day-to-day life.
Modi said the Sikh general was a sensitive administrator and never deviated from the path of justice for all despite living most part of his life under adverse circumstances and shadow of war.
Addressing a packed Indira Gandhi indoor stadium here, Modi said his dedication Guru Gobind Singh is one of the finest examples of ‘guru-shishya’ relationship.
Likening his skills with to Maratha king Shivaji, the PM said with his organisational capabilities and great courage, Banda Bahadur took on his enemies with limited resources.
“He fought for the equal rights of the people. He ensured that the farmer gets his due. He worked on empowering people and igniting the spirit of development in the masses. He was a real socialist...people under him got justice,” Modi said.
Recalling one of the decisions of the warrior, who was born as Lachhman Dass to a Dogra Rajput family, Modi said in that age, the rulers and emperors brought out currency bearing image of their face. “But the currency he brought out bore the faces of Sikh gurus...he never sought anything for himself,” he said.
The PM also released a book on the Sikh warrior. Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal were also present on the occasion. Agencies