SiKH GEN­ER­als Will fiND a PlaCE iN DElHi

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A largely for­got­ten chap­ter of Sikh his­tory is soon go­ing to be a per­ma­nent fea­ture of New Delhi’s land­scape. The Gwalior-based Prab­hat Murti Kala Ken­dra has made the bronze stat­ues of Baba Baghel Singh, Baba Jassa Singh Ah­luwalia and Baba Jassa Singh Ram­garhia, the trio that led the Sikh forces to a tri­umph over Mughal em­peror Shah Alam-II in March 1783. The vic­tors had con­quered Delhi and hoisted the “Nis­han Sahib” atop the Red Fort. The em­peror had promptly come up with a peace treaty and ac­cepted the terms laid down. Baba Baghel Singh was al­lowed to build gur­d­waras, in­clud­ing Rakab Ganj Sahib and Bangla Sahib. The re­turned to Pun­jab af­ter con­struc­tion work was com­pleted. The stat­ues have been or­dered by the Delhi Sikh Gur­d­wara Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee which has been cel­e­brat­ing Delhi Fateh Di­was for the past four years. The Com­mit­tee gen­eral sec­re­tary and Akali leader Man­jin­der Singh Sirsa told

that the three sculp­tures, each 12 ft high and weigh­ing 1,200-1,400 kg, will be in­stalled in a park op­po­site Sub­hash Na­gar Metro sta­tion and Na­jaf­garh Road in west Delhi. “Most peo­ple are un­aware of Delhi’s Sikh her­itage. The Tis Hazari courts are named af­ter Baba Baghel Singh’s army that camped at the site. Sikh sol­diers used to dis­trib­ute sweets among the pub­lic at Pul Mithai, while Mori Gate got its name af­ter troops breached a wall to en­ter the Red Fort,” says Sirsa.

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