August 26, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi/ Amritsar, India/ Punjab (August 26, 2013): It is learnt that the Indian government has decided to release a Postal Stamp carrying photo of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh. As per information Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will release this stamp in the first week of September in Delhi.
Decision to this effect has reportedly been taken following a request by the family of Beant Singh sent to Indian PM.
This decision is expected to get a sharp reaction from the Sikh nation, as CM Beant Singh symbolizes a regime of torture and tyranny for the Sikhs.
It is worth notable that during Beant Singh’s regime (1992-95) mass level atrocities were committed against the civilian Sikh population of Punjab in a systematic manner. This fact has been well-documented in the reports of various Human Rights organizations that during Beant Singh’s rule (1992-95) custodial torture, enforced disappearances, fake encounters, extra-judicial killings and secret cremations were a common policing practise.
CM Beant Singh was assassinated outside Punjab secretariat on 31 August 1995; and after 18 years of his assassination the Indian state has decided to bring back the memories of state-terror/Beant Singh’s rule.
Bhai Dilawar Singh who laid his life to assassinate CM Beant Singh and, there by, end the region of terror unleashed on the Sikhs in Punjab by Beant Singh’s regime, has been declared to as “National Sikh Martyr” by Akal Takht Sahib.
Bhai Balwant Singh Rajona, who facing death sentence for his role in assassination of CM Beant Singh has been endowed the title of “Living Sikh Martyr” by Akal Takht Shaib. Similarly, Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara, who is serving life-imprisonment in this case, was addressed as “National Sikh Warrior” by Akal Takht Sahib.
Indian state’s decision to ‘honor’ CM Beant Singh with a postal stamp on his name is a controversial step that would remind Sikhs the atrocities committed by Beant Singh’s regime. It is expected to invoke sharp reactions from Sikhs living across the globe.
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