After the Central government debarred the 700-member group of Sikh pilgrims from going to Pakistan to mark the first centenary of the Nankana Sahib massacre, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Friday sent a set of books to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah each to make them realise the importance of the massacre in the Sikh history and its role in the freedom struggle of the country.
“There is a huge outcry in the Sikh community over the government’s decision to stop the participation of Jatha in the centenary events of Saka Nankana Sahib. After the bloody massacre at Jallianwala Bagh, the Nankana Sahib massacre had shocked the people of the world. This incident laid the foundation of the country’s independence, after which even Mahatma Gandhi had to say that half of the country’s freedom struggle had been won,” SGPC president Jagir Kaur said at press conference in Amritsar.
The Nankana massacre took place in Nankana Sahib gurdwara on 20 February 1921, at that time a part of the British India but today in modern-day Pakistan. More than 260 Sikhs were killed, including children as young as seven, by the Hindu Custodian Mahant Narayan Das and his mercenaries.
Attached with the books, letters were also sent to PM and HM by Kaur.
In her letter, she wrote that Sikhs laid the foundation of freedom of the country through sacrifices, but the Narendra Modi government is discriminating against Sikhs.
“The Government of India should still understand the sentiments of the Sikhs and allow the sangat to be a part of the event on February 21,” she added.
“By ignoring the history of Sikhs, the Government of India has stopped the Jatha going to mark and attend the centenary of Saka Nankana Sahib. This action of the Central Government is also an insult to the patriotic Sikh martyrs,” said her.