June 9, 2015 —In a significant development, a well known international news organization – the Indo-Asian News Agency (IANS) has reported that Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale is still hero for Sikhs even after 31 years of his martyrdom. The report prepared in context of the incident that took place in Jammu over removal the poster of Sant Bhindranwale, has been published by all prominent news sources.
The report starts as, “thirty-one years after he was killed in ‘Operation Blue Star’ in Amritsar, Punjab, separatist militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale is still regarded as a martyr and ‘sant’ by Sikhs living in Jammu”.
As per the report, Sant Tejwant Singh, Granthi Singh at Dana Singh Gurdwara Sahib in the Sikh-dominated Nanak Nagar area of Jammu city, strongly believes Sant Bhindranwale was a sant (saint) and martyr of the Khalsa Panth.
It quotes him as, “He (Sant Bhindranwale) sacrificed his life for the Sikh Panth. He was a sant who deserves all respect and honour from the Sikh community.”
“Was there any order not to display these posters? Posters of Sant Bhindranwale are displayed on vehicles and shirts in Punjab and elsewhere. Nobody objects to these outside Jammu and Kashmir. Why did police remove his posters in Jammu?” he asked to IANS reporter. Sant Tejwant Singh said IANS, “Sant Bhindranwale lives in the hearts and minds of the community, and blamed the state administration for inciting trouble by removing his posters.”
IANS also reported quotes of various other Sikh personalities which are as follow:
Advocate Surinder Singh, member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and former president of the Jammu Bar Association, said: “The way he (Sant Bhindranwale) was killed, Sikhs believe he is a martyr and sant.”
“The Sikh Panth will always salute him for laying down his life to protect the sanctity of Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple).”
Virenderjeet Singh, president of the National Sikh Front, also believes Bhindranwale was a sant.
“Bhindranwale will always be regarded as a sant because the Akal Takht decreed that he was martyred for the Guru’s cause,” he said.
In addition, the news agency has also depicted Hindus’ psyche about Sant Bhindranwale as “Hindus in Jammu city, however, do not want to get into any controversy discussing the sainthood of the militant Sikh leader.”
It quotes Sansar Chand saying as, “We want to live peacefully with Sikhs and other communities in Jammu. How they deal with or discuss their saints and leaders is not our problem.”via Sikh 24
Introdution with sant jarnail Singh ji
Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrenwale was a (and to some extent still is ) Sikh hero of modern times. He was born in the family of Brar-Jatt Baba Joginder Singh and Mata Nihal Kaur of the village Rode in Faridkot District. Baba Joginder Singh was a farmer of moderate means. Bhindrenwale was youngest of the seven brothers. After primary education took up farming in his village. He engaged himself in farming until 1965 when he joined the Damdami Taksal of Bhinder Kalan village, about 15 km north of Moga, then headed by Sant Gurbachan Singh Khalsa. Hence the epithet Bhindrenwale. But his association with Bhinder village was only notional because Sant Gurbachan Singh, though associated with Gurdwara Akhand Prakash at Bhinder Kalan, usually took out his group of pupils on prolonged tours. Jarnail Singh underwent a one-year course in scriptural, theological and historical studies, at the hands of Sant Gurbachan Singh Khalsa partly during one of his tours but for the most part during his stay at Gurdwara Sis Asthan Patshahi IX, near Nabha Sahib village, 15 km south of Chandigarh along the Chandigarh-Patiala road. In 1966, he rejoined his Family and settled down to farming again. He was married in 1966 to Bibi Pritam Kaur, daughter of Bhai Sucha Singh of Bilaspur, and had two sons, Ishar Singh and Inderjit Singh, born in 1971 and 1975 respectively. He continued his religious studies and also kept his close association with the Taksal, which after the death of Sant Gurbachan Singh Khalsa, in June 1969, was headed by Sant Kartar Singh Khalsa, who established his headquarters at Gurdwara Gurdarshan Prakash at Mehta Chowk, 25 km northeast of Amritsar along the road to Sri Hargobindpur. Sant Kartar Singh khalsa was killed in a road accident. Before his deadh on 16 August 1977, he had mentioned the name of Sant Jarnail Singh as his successor as the new head of Damdami Taksal. Sant Jarnail Singh was formally, elected at the bhog ceremony in honour of Sant Kartar Singh Khalsa at Mehta Chowk on 25 August 1977.