Shaheed Giani Hari Singh | 13th April 1978 | Shaheedi Purab | 1978 Vaisakhi Massacre | Read below in Punjabi
Hari Singh was born in June 1923 in the village of Jandawale in Kharian (Gujrat). His parents were Bhag Kaur and Giani Gurcharan Singh. He attended secondary school at the Guru Ramdas Khalsa High School in Amritsar and he was blessed with Amrit at the young age of eleven.
His father, Giani Gurcharan Singh, was a very devoted Gursikh who travelled with Baba Prem Singh Marabewale to spread the word of Gurbani and took part in the seva of Amrit Sanchars. Hari Singh learnt to read Gurbani at an early age from his father and in addition to his daily Nitnem, he would recite many other bani’s he had memorized. He would recite God’s Name, even while working.
In the 1950’s, his father took part in the ‘Guru Ke Baag’ and ‘Punjabi Suba’ movement and even spent two and a half years in borstal jail. Inspired by his father sacrifice for Panthic causes, Hari Singh also served seven months in prison before his release during the Punjabi Suba Morcha.
Hari Singh encouraged his family members to work honestly and accumulate the true wealth of ‘Naam’. He was a highly spiritual Gursikh, who faced many difficulties in his own life, but never wavered in his faith of Sikhi. He was soft-spoken and never said a bad word about anyone, respecting elders and youngsters alike.
On the day of Vaisakhi in 1978 Giani Hari Singh, was attending the annual Akhand Kirtani Jatha smagam, when he heard the news that the Nirankari’s were shouting anti-Sikh slogans and attacking the Guru Granth Sahib Ji on the streets of Amritsar. The Gursikhs rallied round and decided to launch a peaceful protest in response.
Giani Hari Singh took his young son, Nonihal Singh with him, as the Sikhs had no intention to cause any trouble. When the Gursikhs were about three hundred yards from the Nirankari gathering, the police stopped them. Soon afterwards, the Nirankaris, armed with swords, axes, guns and spears, launched an attack on them. Giani Hari Singh was martyred on the spot and his young son, Nonihal Singh was seriously injured.
Shaheed Giani Hari Singh’s funeral took place on 15th April 1978, along with the other twelve Shaheed’s according to Sikh traditions, on the ground outside Ramsar Sahib in Amritsar. Shaheed Hari Singh left behind a wife, three sons and one daughter.
During a large panthic gathering at Sri Akal Takht Sahib on 23rd April 1978, Shaheed Giani Hari Singh’s wife was honored by the Akal Takht and she shared a personal message with the Panth – ‘My husband has given his life for Guru Ji and I declare, my three sons are also ready to give their lives whenever the Panth needs them to.’
Parnaam Shaheeda Nu!