LUDHIANA, Punjab—Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa’s hunger protest might be 800 days long now, however, he has not been forgotten by Sikh youth and human rights activist living worldwide.
Yesterday, the hashtag #HappyBirthdayBapuJi was used to send birthday greetings to Bapu Surat Singh.
Bapu Surat Singh started his campaign on January 16, 2015 at his home town in Ludhiana, Punjab. Since then, he has struggled to seek release of political prisoners languishing in jails across India. Through his resolve, several political prisoners, including Bhai Waryam Singh, Bhai Hardeep Singh, Bhai Baaz Singh, Bhai Sher Singh, Bhai Sukhdev Singh, Bapu Gurjant Singh, Bhai Devinder Singh, Bapu Gurcharan Singh and Bhai Nirmal Singh who were released permanently. In addition, Prof. Davinderpal Singh Bhullar and Bhai Gurdeep Singh were transferred to Punjab during the peak of Bapu Surat Singh’s hunger protest.
As Sikhs across the world sent him birthday greetings, Sikh Sangat worldwide also performed ardas for his campaign’s success. Two elderly Sikhs, Bapu Tarlok Singh and Mata Surinder Kaur from Italy completed a Sehaj Path for the chardi kala of Sikh political prisoners and send their well wishes to Bapu Ji. Similarly, ardas for chardi kala of political prisoners were done across Gurdwaras in Europe, North America and Australia.
“As Bapu Surat Singh Ji Khalsa endures another year of pain, illegal custody and unmeasured threats at the hands of his captors we would like to wish him Happy Birthday. His life has been a testament of human sacrifice and struggle that began with his initial commitment to equal rights for Sikhs in India during Dharam Yudh Morcha I of 1980’s. He remains steadfast on his resolve to see all political prisoners released from detention as part of Dharam Yudh Morcha II,” said the Sangarsh Jaari Hai team on Facebook.
Following are some of the tweets that were posted yesterday –