- RELIGIOUS CONVERSIONS WAS AGAINST THE VERY SPIRIT OF HUMANITY AND HAS NO PLACE IN PUNJAB
- EXPRESSES ANGUISH OVER THE FAILURES OF UNION GOVERNMENTS IN PERPETUITY TO CHECK THE FREE FLOW OF DRUGS AND NARCOTICS FROM ACROSS THE INTERNATIONAL BORDERS
- ASKS AMIT SHAH TO WIDEN THE SCOPE OF HIS PROPOSED CAMPAIGN AGAINST DRUGS IN THE STATE UPTO KANYAKUMARI TO MAKE INDIA A DRUG FREE COUNTRY
- UNDERSCORES NEED TO FIGHT OUT DRUG MENACE WITH A MISSIONARY ZEAL SANS POLITICKING
- CIVIL WORKS ON THE BABA MOTI RAM MEHRA MEMORIAL TO COMMENCE SOON
- SAD COMMITTED TO GIVE DUE RESPECT TO EVERY RELIGION- SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL
- WOULD SOON MEET PM AND HM TO FLAG ISSUE OF CHECKING DRUG SUPPLY FROM INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL BORDERS
- RELIGIOUS CONGREGATION AT FATEHGARH SAHIB
NewZNew (Fatehgarh Sahib) : Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today flayed the forced religious conversions across the country and described them as ‘unfortunate and against the basic tenets of Sikhism’ because Great Sikh Gurus ever opposed these conversions tooth and nail and Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji even preferred to sacrifice his life than succumbing to the Mughal tyranny and oppression for forceful conversions of Hindus into Muslim fold.
Addressing the media persons on the sidelines of the state level martyrdom function of the Chotte Sahibzadas Baba Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh and Mata Gujri Ji here, the Chief Minister said that the Sikhs have never accepted the forceful religious conversions because the entire Sikh history was replete with several episodes where our great Gurus and valiant Sikh warriors never bowed to the pressure exerted by the mighty rulers. He recalled that this historic day was also observed as a martyrdom day as our tenth master Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji even sacrificed his entire family for the sake of well being (chardi kala) of the Sikh panth. Mr. Badal however said that our great Gurus have always preached the lesson of oneness of God and all the religions were equal in the eyes of the Almighty hence such religious conversions perpetrated by anyone were even against the very spirit of humanity and thus it has no place in our state.
Expressing dismay over the deliberate attempts by the political opponents to target Punjab over the issue of drugs, the Chief Minister said that it was on the record that Punjab was the only state in the country, which had taken several bold initiatives to take the menace of drugs by establishing a network of drug de-addiction centers and rehabilitation centers to detoxify the drug addicts and subsequently to rehabilitate them in the main stream so as to enable them to lead a life with dignity and pride. On the other hand, he expressed anguish over the failures of Union governments in perpetuity to check the free flow of drugs and narcotics from across the international borders, which was exclusively under the control of central government agencies like BSF. Mr. Badal cited an example of how 85% of heroin was being smuggled from Afghanistan to Punjab via Pakistan, which was further supplied in different parts of world. “How can the state government be held responsible for drug trafficking from international border in Punjab due to sheer complacency of the part of Centre” he added.
Likewise, the Chief Minister also impressed upon the Union government to issue directives to the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh where narcotics like opium, poppy husk and others were freely sold in the open market. He also welcomed the initiative on the part of national BJP president Mr. Amit Shah to launch a campaign against drugs in the state adding he said that the scope of this campaign to bring awareness against curse of drugs amongst the people should be far more widened upto Kanyakumari to make India a drug free nation. Mr. Badal said that he would love to participate in this campaign provided he was extended an invitation from BJP. At the same time, he underscored the need to fight out drug menace through a time bound joint strategies involving the state, centre and people with a missionary zeal sans politicking on this sensitive issue any more.
Earlier addressing the religious congregation on this solemn occasion, the Chief Minister asked the youth to take a vow on this historic day to be steadfast in their religious commitment by resorting to Sikh moral code of ethics (Sikhi Sarup) as per the tenets of Sikhism preached by Sri Guru Gobind Singh. He asked the Sikh community especially the youth to imbibe the spirit of Sikhism through its rich legacy of unprecedented sacrifices in the annals of Sikh history. Mr. Badal further said that it would be a real tribute to the Chotte Sahibzadas who were bricked alive for the sake of Sikh panth.
The Chief Minister said that Sikhs were a martial race and have ever remained in forefront to uphold the ethos of peace, unity, communal harmony and national integration but unfortunately they have been branded as terrorists, separatists and secessionists by the political parties in power from time-to-time to tarnish their sanguine identity, which was not only undesirable but must be condemned by one and all and their superb contribution in safeguarding the international borders from external aggressions by earning an epitaph of country’s ‘sword arm’ and ‘food bowl’ making our nation self reliant in food production, must be recognized. He also announced that the civil works on the Baba Moti Ram Mehra memorial in recognition with his utmost service to Sikh panth, would be completed soon.
Earlier in his address Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal paid glowing tributes to Chotte Sahibzadas and Mata Gujri Ji for their unparalleled sacrifice in the history of world. Recalling the stellar role of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in shaping the destiny of Punjab by serving its people zealously to ensure their well being and its overall development besides the chardi kala of the Sikh panth, he said that the outstanding contribution of SAD in safeguarding the rights and interests of the state especially the unprivileged and weaker sections need not to be overemphasized as it has launched several pro-poor flagship programs and out of the box schemes like Atta-Dal, Shagun, Mai Bhago Istri Vidya Scheme and others besides providing free power to the farmers of the state. Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal said that SAD was the only party which was committed to give due respect to every religion besides giving representation to the members of different religions and castes at the party and government level to elicit their full participation in the governance, to which he termed the true concept of ‘inclusive development’.
Equally concerned about the drug menace like the Chief Minister, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal said that they would soon call on the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister for seeking their direct intervention in sealing the borders to check the free flow of drugs from across the international and national borders besides issuing advisories to the respective state governments to ban the supply of drugs and narcotics in the open markets. He made it amply clear that Punjab was waging a national battle against drugs which should not merely confined to the geographical contours of the state and hence the Government of India (GoI) should envision this problem in a broad perspective to tackle it efficaciously and extended fulsome support and cooperation to the centre to combat this menace in the larger public interests. The Deputy Chief Minister further said that the mutual efforts of the state government and the GoI would certainly fructify in eventually bringing an end to this curse.
Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included President Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee Jathedar Avtar Singh, Member SGPC Jathedar Karnail Singh Panjoli, Cabinet Ministers Mr. Surjit Singh Rakhra and Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema, Lok Sabha MP Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra, Rajya Sabha MP Mr. Balwinder Singh Bhunder, former Union Minister Mr. Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, MLAs Justice (Retd.) Nirmal Singh and Bibi Jagir Kaur, Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, former Minister Jathedar Hira Singh Gabria and former MLA Mr. Didar Singh Bhatti.