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Sikh war heroes’ portraits at Golden Temple museum: ‘Wars different from Op Bluestar’

Late Lt Gen Harbaksh Singh was hero of the 1965 Indo-Pak war while Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Arora was the poster boy of the 1971 Indo-Pak war.

punjab Updated: Nov 01, 2017 10:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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Portraits of Late Lt Gen Harbaksh Singh and Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Arora at the Central Sikh Museum in Amritsar’s Golden Temple on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

Portraits of late Lt Gen Harbaksh Singh, Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Arora and Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh were put up at the Central Sikh museum in Golden Temple on Tuesday.

Portraits of Indian Air Force Marshal at the Central Sikh Museum in Amritsar’s Golden Temple on Tuesda ( HT Photo )

Golden Temple head granthi Giani Jagtar Singh, along with Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Kirpal Singh Badungar and general secretary Amarjit Singh Chawla unveiled the portraits.

Prior to this, a brief religious function was also organised in the museum. Relatives and accomplices of the Sikh war heroes, who were present on the occasion, were given ‘siropas’ (robe of honour).

Badungar said the SGPC has installed the portraits Sikh war heroes who fought wars against Pakistan. “My point is that the Sikhs have always fought against the atrocities. During the 1965 and 1971 wars, the role of army was different from one it played during Operation Bluestar. All these three Sikh officers played a key role in defeating Pakistan, he said.

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“The Sikhs are biggest patriots of this country, who sacrificed their lives for it. However, this is quite unfortunate that they have been denied the status to which they deserved for. They were suppressed time to time and deprived of Punjabi Suba for long time,” he said, adding.

First Published: Oct 31, 2017 14:44 IST