Sikh radicals react sharply to criticism of Bhindranwalas portrait installation

December 6th, 2007 - 9:46 pm ICT by admin  

By Ravinder Singh Robin

Amritsar, Dec 6 (ANI): Radical organizations in Punjab have reacted sharply to the criticism of the installation of portrait of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwala inside Sikh museum in the Golden Temple complex here.

These organizations have warned of dire consequences if the Congress, the BJP and other outfits did not stop interfering in what they termed as the internal matter of the Sikhs.

Washington-based radical leader Dr. Amarjit Singh vehemently condemned alliance of BJP’s Hindutva elements, and the Congress party in Punjab against Sikh affairs.

Singh alleged that this is for the Sikhs to decide to whom to give honour and who are the great martyrs of the Sikhs.

He said that this insecure alliance has made common cause over the installation in the Central Sikh Museum of a portrait of the Greatest Sikh of the 20th Century, Shaheed Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who earned martyrdom and everlasting admiration of the Sikh nation, for making the supreme sacrifice while defending the Akal Takht Sahib from an invading the Indian Army, nearly a quarter century ago, on 6 June 1984, like a true Sikh warrior.

Dr. Amarjit Singh concluded the statement saying, “In the past, such jingoistic campaigns have always resulted in some state-sponsored pogrom or communal riots or central government rule in the Punjab”.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) last month installed a portrait of slain rebel Sikh leader Bhindranwala at a Sikh museum situated in the premises of the Golden Temple.

SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar told a gathering on the occasion that the Committee has always been honouring martyrs who have fought for the Sikh community, and it was a moment of pride to install the portrait of one of the great martyr of the 20th century.

In 2003, the SGPC, an apex body controlling Sikh places of worship, had declared Bhindranwala as a “martyr”.
Bhindranwala was killed in ‘Operation Blue Star’ launched by the Indian Army to flush out separatists from Golden Temple complex in Amritsar. (ANI)

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