AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—On the call of Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara, Sarbat Khalsa-appointed jathedar of Akal Takht Sahib, Sikh youth united under the banner of ‘Akal Youth’ at Akal Takht Sahib today to fight for the interests of Punjab and Panth.
Making a formal announcement of the organization, Panj Pyaras (five beloved ones of Guru) did ardas before Akal Takht Sahib in presence of a large number of the Sikh youngsters who came from different areas of Punjab. Damdami Taksal (Sangrawan) leader Giani Ram Singh and other prominent Sikh leaders including Principal Baljinder Singh (retd), spokesperson of the panel constituted by Bhai Hawara, were present on the occasion.
Disclosing the mission of Bhai Hawara who is serving life imprisonment in Tihar Jail, Delhi, for assassinating Beant “Singh”, former infamous Chief Minister of Punjab and killer of thousands of Sikh youths, Principal Baljinder Singh said, “Worried over vulnerable circumstances of Punjab and Panth, Hawara has decided to empower youths and shoulder them the responsibility of protecting interests of Panth”.
“Self-interests, lack of integrity and incompetence of the religious and political class of Sikhs have hit the glory, independence, and image of the Sikh institutions. This has made the Sikhs who are sensitive about the Panth, live in a gloomy situation. This has also pushed the Sikh youths into deep darkness. In such a situation, floating a new organization of the Sikh youths was need of the hour”, he said.
He further said, “If we look at the social arena, the politicians have destroyed Punjab by indulging in the trade of drugs to become millionaires overnight. The drug smugglers are exploiting the power of the jobless and innocent youth. In the field of education, the youth’s attitude is not to be optimistic. Due to policies of the government, educated youths are committing suicide in state of depression”.
“On the whole, the youth of Punjab has become totally directionless in all the fields. For their vested interests, the people who are at the helm of the governments, want the status quo. So, there is a dire need to acquire constructive thinking for service to their homeland. The youngsters who are conscious of the concerns of Punjab and Panth should come out to realize their responsibility toward their people”, he added.
He further said, “As per the vision of Bhai Hawara, this organization will organize students in colleges and universities and mobilize them to follow the path of Guru. This organization will also play an important role in gurdwara reform drive. The elderly Sikh leaders who made contributions for Panth throughout their life, will be there for guiding the youths”.