Master Tara Singh’s dream of autonomous Sikh state remained unfilled, says granddaughter-in-law
The dream of Master Tara Singh — an iconic figure of the Akali movement — of forming an autonomous Sikh state within the country after Independence remained unfulfilled, said his granddaughter-in-law Prof Jaspreet Kaur.
Speaking at a state-level function here to pay tribute to prominent leader and freedom fighter on his 134th birth anniversary, Kaur, professor of social sciences at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, said: “Jawaharlal Nehru assured Sikh leaders, including Master Tara Singh, that they have no objection over the formation of an autonomous Sikh state. After his assurance, Master Tara Singh decided to go with India during Partition.”
“But after Partition, the Centre issued directions to the deputy commissioners across the country to keep Sikhs under control and impose restrictions on them. This forced Master Tara Singh to launch the Punjabi Suba Movement,” she said.
“He also proposed the concept of ‘Azaad Punjab’. Under this concept, he suggested to demarcate the boundaries of Punjab in such a way that no religious community — Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs — has dominance over any other community, she said, adding that Master Tara Singh never wanted to form the autonomous state by separating it from India.
‘CHOWK TO BE NAMED AFTER LEGENDARY LEADER’
Paying tribute to Master Tara Singh, local bodies and tourism minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was the chief guest, announced to name a chowk near the Amritsar railway station after the leader. His statue will also be installed at the chowk and his relics will be displayed at Jang-e-Azadi Memorial. “If family members of Master Tara Singh get ready to give some portion of his house, a memorial would also be established there in his memory,” he said.
Delhi is likely to see cloudy sky with light rain on Wednesday, with light to moderate thundershowers expected towards evening, the India Meteorological Department said in its forecast. The minimum temperature on Wednesday is likely to be around 28 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature is predicted to reach 37 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature on Tuesday was 37.9 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature stayed at 29 degrees Celsius.
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Even though Mohali district rose by two spots from last year's ranking in the PSEB Class 10 exams, its pass percentage dropped from 99.91% to 99%. Last year, Mohali was placed 17th among the 23 districts. This year, it improved its standing to 15th, with Gurdaspur district bagging the top spot. As many as 9,401 students from 109 Mohali schools appeared in the exams and 9,307 passed.
A 32-year-old doctor allegedly ended his life by injecting himself with a paralytic drug used in anaesthesia at his rented accommodation in Phase 2 on Monday night. The doctor, who hailed from Rupnagar, was living alone in the rented house for the last three months and worked at a private hospital in Sector 34, Chandigarh. The autopsy will be conducted at the Phase-6 civil hospital on Wednesday.
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