January 26th 2007
Punjab Government unveils the statue of Shaheed Nanak Singh, a committed
patriot and visionary who stood for India’s unity on India’s Republic Day,
the 26th January 2007 in the holy city of Amritsar by the Vice
Chancellor Professor Dr. Jairup Singh of the Guru Nanak Dev University.
ceremony took place on the road which already bears his name. Delegates from
also attended this historic event. Shaheed Nanak Singh advocated religious
tolerance as a pre-requisite for a civil society. He made his final speech and
pleaded with all the leaders that they should consider themselves Indian first
and then could choose to follow the religion of their choice later.
Unfortunately, the fanatics could not appreciate the “truth” of his words
and assassinated him the following day when he was trying to save the lives of
600 students of DAV school,
who had taken out a peaceful procession against the division of
. The students came under attack from the religious fanatics and Nanak Singh
went to save them. They were saved but he lost his life and became a martyr at
the young age of 43. His portrait also is on display at the Sikh museum of the
which is the holiest shrine of the Sikhs.
ideals are more important now than ever before if we are to avoid the
experiences in the world like
and of course
. The Rt. Hon. Keith Vaz MP made an early day motion on the 25th
January 2007 to this effect in the British House of Commons to salute the
sacrifice of Shaheed Nanak Singh a great son of
youngest son, Dr. Rami Ranger MBE in line with the ideals of his father is
launching the Pakistan India Friendship Forum UK with the help of prominent
Parliamentarians and committed individuals from both countries concerned so
that these two British communities can celebrate their common culture,
history and heritage.
are two sovereign nations and there is no reason why they should not follow the
and work for the uplift of their people by promoting peace.
see pictures below. Please click on picture to enlarge.
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Copy of "Hansard", the House of
Commons Publication, showing an Early Day Motion recording of the unveiling of
a statue of Shaheed Nanak Singh.
Rt. Hon. Keith Vaz MP, Member of
for Leicester East Chair,
Ethnic Minority Forum
Early Day Motion - Online Copy