Chandigarh, June 27: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh observed the 300th Martyrdom Day of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur at Sri Fatehgarh Sahib in Punjab on Sunday. Addressing the ceremony while paying rich tributes to the great Sikh warrior, Home minister said that Khalsa Panth is the protective shield of Indian culture. He also referred to a poem written by Rabindra Nath Tagore regarding the historic role played by Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and his sacrifices.
He called upon the historians to undertake research and development activities specially to assess the historically significant role of Founder of first sovereign Khalsa Raj, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur for welfare and emancipation of villages, poor and farmers in India, who gave proprietary rights to the tillers for the first time.
Singh called upon the youth to come forward and get inspired by heroic deeds of Babaji to fight against the divisive forces of terrorism and cross -border terrorism. He further said that Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to look into the atrocities against Sikhs during the Anti Sikh Riots of 1984 , has recommended 22 cases to be reinvestigated after reviewing 286 cases and justice will be ensured for one and all.
Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal while addressing the gathering said that Sikhism is the practical example of secularism, socialism and humanism. Sukhbir Singh Badal Deputy CM of Punjab, Prem Singh Chandumajra and Balwinder Singh Bhunder, both Members of Parliament, also addressed the gathering which was attended by many other dignitaries.