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1978 Reorganisation Of The Sikh Students Federation. Amrik Singh elected the President of All India Sikh Federation.

The Sikh Students Federation was reorganized in response to the Amritsar massacre in which Nirankaris kill 13 Gursikhs who protested their provacations against the Sikh faith. Since the elected official, while ruling Punjab, continually bowed before the Central (Hindu) Government and refused to ban the activities of this gang of bohemians. While simultaneously they addressed various Sikh congregations and spoke against the Nirankaris so that the Sikh masses should not become furious against them for their indifferent (or pro-Nirankari) attitude. Thus this became the starting point of the new phase of the struggle of the Sikh nation. The lead was given by the Sikh Youth under the guidance of the Sikh intelligentsia. They had to fight various platforms: the Hindus, the Communists and some of the pseudo-Akalis, who loved their office more than their nation.

The first step towards this struggle was the overhauling of the Sikh Students Federation. On this date, the Federation selected Amrik Singh as the President of the Federation. Amrik Singh was an associate of the famous Sikh missionary Jarnail Singh Bhindranwalae and was the son of the former Cheif of Jatha Bhidran-Mehta (Damdami Taksal). For the frist time since 1959, the Sikh Students Federation selected a President who would not bow before the Akali leadership on the issue of the interests of the Sikh nation.

-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 110-119.

1983 50 Hindu police officials awarded for killing Sikhs in fake encounters.
1983 Police killed 2 Sikhs and wounded several at Baba Bakala.

On this day, the Central Reserve Police (CRP) force attacked a camp of the GurSikh group, the Nihangs, at Baba Bakala and shot several Sikhs, killing two and wounding eight others. Besides this, the cruel force killed seven horses, two bullocks and wounded 12 horses. The property of the Nihangs was looted by the forces.

-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 110-119.

 

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