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NEW DELHI: In another big gesture to Sikhs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked the birthday of the Guru Gobind Singh by declaring that December 26 will be observed as ‘Veer Baal Diwas’ as a tribute to the sons of the 10th Guru who attained martyrdom fighting the Mughals under Aurangzeb.
“Today, on the auspicious occasion of the Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, I am honoured to share that starting this year, 26th December shall be marked as ‘Veer Baal Diwas.’ This is a fitting tribute to the courage of the Sahibzades and their quest for justice,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
While two of Guru Gobind Singh’s sons were killed fighting the Mughals, two other sons of Govind Singh were bricked alive on the orders of Aurangzeb’s governor of Sirhind.
PM said Veer Baal Diwas will be observed on the same day the two younger sons, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh Ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji, attained martyrdom after being sealed alive in a wall. “These two greats preferred death instead of deviating from the noble principles of Dharma,” Modi said, in a reference to the refusal of the siblings to agree to change their faith to escape death.
The announcement, which coincided with the formal launch of the election process in Punjab, is the latest of a series of decisions the PM has taken to honour Sikh Gurus. He had earlier announced the recall of the three agriculture laws — a sore point with Sikh farmers who led the agitation against the initiative — on the birthday of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev. The Modi government also commemorated the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of the ninth Guru, Tegh Bahadur, who was executed by Mughals for protesting against the persecution of Kashmiri Pandits, on a big scale.
Modi had spoken about the sacrifices of Guru Gobind Singh’s sons in one of his Mann Ki Baat addresses. On Sunday, he said the bravery of the Guru, his mother Mata Gujri and the four Sahibzades give strength to millions of people.
“They never bowed to injustice. They envisioned a world that is inclusive and harmonious. It is the need of the hour for more people to know about them,” Modi said.
Welcoming the decision to celebrate Veer Baal Diwas, home minister Amit Shah said the “incomparable sacrifice and patriotism” of the four Sahibzadas and Mata Gujri to protect the country and religion is the heritage of the country.
“I heartily welcome the decision… Not only will crores of children be able to contribute today to the service of the nation by taking inspiration from the patriotism of the Sahibzadas, their sacrifice will be remembered for generations to come,” Shah said.
BJP president J P Nadda said the decision is a true tribute to the patriotism of the Char Sahibzadas and will inspire the coming generation with the love of patriotism.
Terming it a commendable ove, former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh said, “The courage portrayed by Sahibzades under enormous oppression is unparalleled and everyone across the globe must know about their supreme sacrifice.”





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