No political conferences, lavish langars at Shaheedi Jor Mela this year
Devotees visiting Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib for the Shaheedi Jor Mela on Monday, hailed the decision of political parties to not organise any political conference this year.
In 2017, Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, had imposed a ban on such conferences, as instead of paying tributes, leaders would go for mud-slinging.
The much needed religious fervour has returned to the occasion after lakhs of devotees paid obeisance on the first day of the fair that is organised every year to remember the sacrifice of the younger Sahibzadas of Guru Godind Singh — Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh — who were bricked alive during these days in 1705.
Many people coming to the fair said that political parties would use the occasion for personal gains and attack opposing parties.
Parminder Singh, of Fatehgarh Sahib, said, “I visit Jor Mela every year. In the past, politicians used the three-day affair that should ideally be for selflessness and sacrifice, to get political benefits. Thankfully, the chaos of politics was missing this year.”
Another devotee, Ranjit Singh, of Nabha, said that the young generations should be told about the sacrifices of Sikh gurus and the Sahibzadas (sons of Guru Gobind Singh) rather than getting engrossed in politics.
The Akal Takht and Shiromani Akali Dal have also banned people from organising lavish langars (community kitchen) on the occasion. Permission are being granted to organise simple langars only.
Randhir Singh, a devotee from Shutrana, said, “Year after year, we witnessed lavish langars being organised which included jalebis, kheer and other sweets, which is not right as the mela marks a major tragedy for the Sikh community.”
“This year, simple langars are being arranged near the gurdwara complex by the devotees and different organisations from across state and outside,” he said.
Karnataka minister for primary and secondary education BC Nagesh slammed Congress over allegations of excluding eminent historical personalities, freedom fighters and reformers from textbooks, saying that the opposition party is using education to gather votes. The statements come almost a week after reports emerged that the Bharatiya Janata Party government allegedly removed portions of the chapter on Bhagat Singh, Narayana Guru and others to accommodate right-wing ideologues like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh founder KB Hedgewar.
Mild to heavy rains lashed parts of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday coupled with gusty winds and thunderstorms. Weather officials said Kashmir valley witnessed light to moderate rain with thunderstorms and gusty winds in the north-western, northern and central parts on Sunday evening and during the night as well. Meteorologist M Hussain Mir said that Kashmir valley may witness less precipitation than Sunday while Jammu may get heavy rainfall.
Bengaluru At least 12 people and over 400 animals died in the recent unseasonal rains across Karnataka between May 15-21, according to the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority. “Farmers whose crops have been destroyed by excess rains are contemplating ending their own lives. Such is the situation and the Union Bank has sent us notices to repay the loans. What kind of justice is this?” asked Purshottam Gowda, a farmer from Ballari.
A man, who allegedly raped his 20-year-old woman tenant at gunpoint in Bengaluru on April 11, has harassed the woman in the past, city police said on Monday. Police said medical test of both the survivor and accused was conducted on Sunday night. The accused is a native of Bihar and lives with his family at Shanthi Nagar locality in central Bengaluru. City police said the accused claimed he was being framed by the tenant.
Leader of the opposition and Congress leader Siddaramaiah criticised the chairman of the textbook revision committee on Monday for a 2017 parody post on 'Rashtra Kavi' Kuvempu's 'naada geethe' or state anthem, one of the most revered songs in Karnataka. The parody verse continued with the mention of alcohol, meat and other jokes meant to target the Congress.