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26th May

 

1886 Maharaja Dalip Singh reentered Sikh faith.

Maharaja Dalip Singh reentered the Sikh faith in 1886. He received Khande Di Pahul (Amrit) on May 26, 1886 at Aden.

Earlier, on On March 8, 1853, Maharaja Dalip Singh was formally admitted into the Christian Church with water brought from Ganges nearby at his own private dwelling house. The service was conducted by the Rev. M.W. Jay, with Dr. John S. Login, Mrs. Login, Colonel Alexander and Mr. Guise signing the Baptism register as witnesses.

The purpose for the Maharaja's conversion to Christianity was two fold:
1) Politically there was no better solution for the British as it showed that the Maharaja not only became a Christian, but also gave up his Punjabi life by becoming an English country-gentleman;
2) It removed him from his mother and subjects - the Punjabi people.

1960 Morcha initiated for seeking Punjabi Subha.
1984 The last meeting was held between Akalis and Indira Gandhi.

The last meeting was held between Akalis and Indira Gandhi regime. Several such meetings preceded this meeting. However, by now it became abundantly clear that this was in fact a drama. The government had planned an attack on Darbar Sahib for several months. Russian KGB and even British Intelligence was guiding the invasion of Darbar Sahib.

1988 The President of India issued an ordinance banning the Sikh fundamentals of Miri-Piri (Cohesive oneness of Religion and Politics). An integral part of the Sikh religion Miri-Piri is the most fundamental to Sikh religion. This ordinance (which later became law) meant that the Sikhs shall have to adopt only that part of their religion which the Hindu majority will allow. This was the final blow to the Sikh nation which made the professing of their religion under the subjugation of the Hindu regime.

-Ref. THE SIKHS' STRUGGLE FOR SOVEREIGNTY, An Historical Perspective By Dr. Harjinder Singh Dilgeer and Dr. Awatar Singh Sekhon Edited By: A.T. Kerr Page 128.

1996 Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in his capacity as Prime Minister of India, visited Sri Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar and apologized to the Sikhs for the following two abominations committed by the Government of India:

1. The June 1984 sttack on the Harmandir Sahib. He is supposed to have said that the attack was wrong, and unconditionally apologized for it.

2. The November 1984 riots in Northern India, when thousands of Sikhs were looted, raped, massacred as well as their properties ransacked/looted.

He resigned his position the very next day. GuruGhar's prestige isn't expanded by anyone's visit. And neither does GuruGhar wait for anyone's visit. However, Sikhs have always pointed out that none of the Congress Prime Ministers ever visit Sri Darbar Sahib. This is considered essential step for Hindu-Sikh unity. Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit was a result of Prakash Singh Badal's efforts.

-Ref. Ajit, May, 31, 1996.

 

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