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Punjab Govt to raise memorial in honour of Punjabi Freedom fighters

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New Delhi, Sep 9 (UNI) The Punjab government will raise a common memorial in honour of those Punjabi freedom fighters who went to the gallows or were imprisoned during the national freedom struggle, state Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said here today.

Speaking after inaugurating the Master Tara Singh Auditorium at Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College in Delhi University, Capt Amarinder Singh said the Punjabis made a significant contribution during the freedom struggle.

Paying tributes to Akali Dal founder Master Tara Singh, he described him as a great Sikh statesman and called upon the youth to emulate the departed soul who played a vanguard role in shaping political consciousness of the Sikh masses in early 20th century.

Capt Singh said it was a matter of pride and honour that this prestigious auditorium had been named after a great visionary and political thinker of Sikhism.

He said that Master Tara Singh believed in value-based politics and his commitment and missionary zeal for the welfare of the Sikh panth was the essence of his strong character unlike the present Akali leadership who threw all the lofty ideals preached by Master ji to the winds for their narrow vested interests.

To perpetuate the memory of Master Tara Singh, Capt. Singh announced to install a statue at the ancestral house of Master ji at Amritsar.

The Punjab government had decided to erect a suitable memorial in the state Punjab in memory of thousands of martyrs who laid down their lives in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit described Master Tara Singh as a veteran freedom fighter and great nationalist who worked to protect the unity and integrity of the country.

On the occasion, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee honoured about a dozen sikh personalities who were close to Master Tara Singh during his lifetime.

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