SAS NAGAR, Mohali, Punjab—Approval has been given to name the Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar Airport “Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport,” the Government should not repeat the same mistake as it has done in the past. The recently issued Rs. 5 coin features a picture of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in a hat whereas most of his pictures show him wearing the Sikh turban.
The decision to name the airport was taken collectively by Shiromani Akali Dal (B), along with the Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh yesterday at the Rajiv Bhawan.
Shaheed Bhagat Singh, a revolutionary involved in bringing John Saunders, a British official, to justice had removed his hair for a short period of his time. After being convicted and jailed, he returned back to his roots and kept uncut hair until his last breath. At one time, Bhagat Singh lived his life as an atheist, but after coming in contact with Bhai Randhir Singh of Narangwal, he became a strong believer in God’s existence and his views on the Sikh religion changed dramatically. Bhagat Singh’s last desire was to go through the Sikh Amrit Sanchar (equivalent to baptism in Christianity).
Earlier this year in March, the Reserve Bank’s announcement to issue Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s picture on the Rs. 5 coin had sparked a controversy as the Sikh masses did not approve of the chosen picture. Sikhs have since requested the RBI to issue a coin depicting Shaheed Bhagat Singh wearing a turban as that was part of his attire for the later part of his life.