University’s Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur National Integration
Chair organised the 2nd
Shaheed Nanak Singh Memorial Lecture on “Defending
India's Integrity” on January 12, 2010 in collaboration with
SGPC and Shaheed Nanak Singh
Foundation which was delivered by Lt Gen S. K. Sinha
(Retd.), a former Governor of Assam and J and K.
Singh Mann, Head of the Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur National
Integration Chair, welcomed the guests. Paying rich tributes
to Shaheed Nanak Singh, Dr. Mann said that he was a
dedicated and spirited citizen who made a phenomenal
sacrifice to promote religious tolerance and human freedom.
He was done to death in the pre-partition carnage as he was
trying to save some students of a school who had organized a
peace march against the division of the country.
(Retd.) Niranjan Malik, former Deputy Chief of the
Indian Army, introduced
General Sinha and shed light on his illustrious career as an
outstanding soldier, diplomat and a public servant who is
serving the Indian nation
for over six decades with utmost loyalty, dedication and
integrity. His noble services as Deputy Chief of the Indian
Army and as a Governor of Assam and J & K will become the
part of the history, Gen. Malik added.
Lt Gen (Retd.)
S. K. Sinha, a former Governor of Assam and J and K
delivering the lecture said "We are facing biggest external
threats from China and Pakistan
and we need by develop a multi-pronged strategy to tackle
these threats. We have been facing threats from Pakistan
since 1947 and from China since mid-fifties but have done
little to improve our capability in the Himalayas , while
China has been feverishly increasing its
military capability in
Tibet and building elaborate
infrastructure.” While talking about the internal threats,
Gen Sinha suggested that secessionist threats in the North
East have to be tackled through inflicting maximum attrition
on the militants. Concurrently, through economic
development and psychological initiatives, we need isolate
militants and win hearts and minds of people. As for the
secessionist movement in Kashmir, apart from containing
violence, we should give priority to media management for
effectively countering anti-India propaganda. While
expressing his satisfaction about effectively handling the
Naxal terrorism, Gen. Sinha advocated for providing modern
weapons to our Police and para-military forces and
preventing politicization of these forces.
Vice Chancellor, Punjabi
University Patiala, in his presidential remarks, said that
India has been witnessing
many challenges during the course of history that would have
fragmented it but for the inheritance of a multi-ethnic,
multi-religious and multi-caste society that helped us to
maintain our national integrity.
We must not, however, ignore the fact that there is need for
utmost vigilance and caution to sustain such an inheritance.
The chief characteristic of our civilization has been
unity in diversity, even as
we never did attempt to impose uniformity or dilute
diversity. The continuity and strength of our civilization
process depends on this implicit recognition of our ancient
value system, he said.
Dr. Manjit Singh, Dean,
Colleges while proposing a vote of thanks said "Nanak Singh
belongs to that rare class of distinguished world citizens
who will long be remembered by his countrymen with deep
Maj. Gen. SH
Kulkurni PSM, GOC 1 Armd. Div. Patiala, Maj Gen. (Retd.)
Gaganjeet Singh, Lt. Gen. (Retd.), Deepender Singh, Former
MA to Field Marshall Gen. Sam
Manekshaw and Mr. Mukesh
Anand, Chairman Shaheed Nanak Singh Foundation SAARC Region
attended the lecture along with 200 dignitaries.