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( In June 1984, the Sikh Nation witnessed the power-drunk Brahmin Indira Gandhi send the Indian Army, on the sacred day of the Shaheedipurab of Sahib Siri Guru Arjan Dev ji, to attack Siri Darbar Sahib, Siri Akal Takht Sahib and 40 more historical Gurdwaras. They used many battalions of Army and tanks, and attacked the thousands of innocent pilgrims who came to pay respects of the Shaheedi of Guru ji, and many, many Sikh Sangat, Singhs, Singhnian, children and elders became Shaheed. Sri Akal Thakht Sahib was desecrated by tanks. This army action by Indira Gandhi burned in the heart of every Sikh. It was like a great challenge had been placed before the Sikh Nation. The Sikh Nation was extremely angry at the action. As well as the genocide, Sri Harmandar Sahib had been dishonored and Siri Akal Thakht Sahib desecrated. The times of Massa Rangar had returned, and the Sikh Nation required a Bhai Sukha Singh and Bhai Mehtab Singh.
( He will dream of armies and he thinks in lakhs. If he is alone he will say, ‘a-lakh-and-a-quarter Khalsa are present’. You ask him how he is, he will reply, ‘the army is well’. For him, hunger is intoxication, a miserable pony an Arab or Iraqi steed…and dying would be proceeding on an expedition.
(EXTERNAL) November 25 will mark a year since farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh marched on the capital, demanding a repeal of three contentious farm laws. Braving the cold winter of Delhi, police batons and a deadly second wave of the coronavirus disease, the farmers have stayed put. What now? Against the backdrop of recent instances of violence, where are the protests headed?
( In 1934, Pingalwara was started by Bharat Puran Singh in India, Amritsar. Today it has seven branches in India, in Chandigarh, Sangrur, Jalandhar, Goindwal, Mananwala, Panodri, and Waraich. There are branches in the US, Canada and the UK too. It is a charitable organisation. Pingalwara is a home for the differently-abled, handicapped, mentally ill, orphans, aged persons, and those suffering from incurable diseases.

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