“A nation that does not remember those who laid down their lives for it, cannot always remain a nation worth dying for.”
Day - 19th December 2009 - was organised to commemorate the thousands
of sikh soldiers who perished in the Anglo-Sikh wars.
It was to remind one of the sacrifices made
by the brave Punjabis in the Anglo-Sikh wars at Mudki, Ferozeshah, Sabraon
and Chellianwala between 1845 and 1849. These wars against the British
proved beyond doubt that Punjabi soldiers were among the best in the
More on the wars is at: The First Anglo-Sikh War (1845-46) and Second Anglo-Sikh war (1848-1849)
|The program got
underway with an hour of Naam simran at 6pm. Candles were lit in honour of
the fallen Sikhs. After the ardas, Sant Satvinder Singh Bhogal introduced
the details of the program.
A sardharn paath of Adi Sri Granth Sahib was concluded in memory of all the Sikhs who fought the two wars. Therafter Pardhan Gurtejpal Singh invited Councillor Gurcharan Singh on stage to say a few words for the occasion. After the short speechs, Ustad Harbhajan Singh and the raagi jatha performed two shabads.
The main presentation followed. Satvinder Singh along with Attar Kaur, Sukhpal Kaur, Pritpal Kaur, Sukhwant Kaur and Hakam Singh brought home the reasons, causes and outcomes of the First Anglo-Sikh War. With the help of images the team went into the details of the battles of Mudki Night, Ferozeshahr, Aliwal, Bhudowal and Sabraon. The bravery, along with the technology and tactics of warfare (of the Sikh army) were related to the congregation in considerable detail.
In a fitting tribute, Ustad Harbhajan Singh sanf the kavita 'Shaheeda nu mere ..'. The program ended with an ardas followed by Guru-ka langar
Audio of the entire program:
Introduction by Satvinder Singh Bhogal
Paath Da Bhog
Shabads by Ustad Harbhajan
Main presentation by Satvinder Singh, Attar Kaur, Sukhpal Kaur, Pritpal Kaur, Sukhwant Kaur and Hakam Singh
Kavita by Ustad Harbhajan Singh