LUDHIANA, Punjab—A special program to mark the 50th commemoration ceremony of veteran Akali leader Master Tara Singh was organized in Ludhiana by the Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) on December 2. Punjab Minister Navjot Sidhu was the Chief Guest of this function organized at Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan campus.
Addressing the gathering on this occasion, Navjot Sidhu launched an attack on the current Badal led Akali leadership for undermining the glory of Shiromani Akali Dal among common masses. “Some people have started considering Akali Dal as their property, which has damaged the entire party,” he said.
Making public the demand of Master Tara Singh’s grand-daughter Bibi Kiranjot Kaur of establishment of a University on her Grandfather’s name in Punjab, Sidhu said that he would take up the matter with Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
“If Kiranjot wants a statue or a memorial or a university or all three in the name of Master Tara Singh, I promise they will be established soon. I will convince the Chief Minister to fulfil her desires,” he added.
President of Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) Paramjit Sarna said that at the time of Master Tara Singh, every member of the Akali Dal used to be a baptised Sikh, however now the Akali Dal in Punjab is no more a party of Sikhs. He claimed that he would again establish the true spirit of Akali Dal in Punjab.
Master Tara Singh was a prominent political and religious figure in the first half of the 20th century. He was instrumental in organising the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee. He is also considered responsible for misleading the Sikhs during the Partition of India. He later led the demand for a Sikh-majority state in Punjab by initiating a hunger strike in 1961 at the Darbar Sahib in Amritsar, promising to continue it to his death unless the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru agreed to his demand for such a state.Sikh24 Editors can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org