Today in Sikh History – 9th September
Indian Air Force, under the command of Chief Marshal Arjun Singh, successfully bombed the Pakistani strongholds.
Fateh Singh postponed his fast under the pretext of Indo-Pak war.
Lala Jagat Narayan murdered near Ludhiana and Sikhs Attacked.
Lala Jagat Narayan, the venomous journalist, was killed by some unidentified persons near the city of Ludhiana. The police named Swarn Singh, Dalbir Singh and Nachhattar Singh as suspects. The Senior Superintendent of Police, D.R. Bhatti, also named Jarnail Singh Bhindranwala as one of the "conspirators."
The next day the Hindus took out a procession in Jullundur City and attacked a large number of Sikh shops and houses. Innocent Sikhs, including some anti-Akalis, were also beaten by the Hindu mob. Some of the Sikhs sustained severe injuries.
During the early 80’s the Hindu newspapers launched venomous propaganda against the Sikhs and even made poignant and uncalled for attack on Sikh values and Sikh institutions, particularly the Akal Takht, the highest seat of the Sikh nation. The Chief of this notorious conspiracy was Lala Jagat Narayan of Jullundur. The Sikh Youth and the Sikh intelligentsia warned him time and time again but he did not stop his poisonous propaganda. Others who were part of this conspiracy included Virendra, Ramesh, Lalit Mohan, Yash, Jagjit Singh Anand, etc.
ANOTHER CONSPIRACY: The Hindu Government of India has been working on another plank as well. Thousands of Hindus from Uttar Pradesh (U.P.), Madya Pradesh (M.P.), and Bihar provinces were being sent to Punjab every day. They were being provided with various facilities, such as houses, etc. On the other hand Sikhs in U.P. and other provinces were being uprooted and their lands forfeited to the Hindu Governments of these provinces. To quote a Hindu newsper, the Tribune:(27.7.8 1):
In 1961 there were 6l.01% Sikhs in the Punjab;
In 1971 there were 58.09% Sikhs in the Punjab;
In 1981 there were 53.915% Sikhs in the Punjab; and
In 1991 this percentage shall be LESS THAN 50%.
It is noteworthy that the Hindu population had been falling regularly in all the provinces of India and the average Sikh population had increased. It was a planned conspiracy of the Hindu Government that the Sikhs should be reduced to a minority even in their Homeland, i.e. the Punjab.
-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.