Bhagat Singh Row: Sikh first, Indian later?

| Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 22:54
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Bhagat Singh Row: Sikh first, Indian later?

New Delhi: Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee has sparked a controversy over Bhagat Singh’s statue in Delhi Assembly. The General Secretary of the DSGMC has said that Bhagat Singh was a Sikh but the statue installed at Delhi Assembly has a hat. He has further said that the statue should have had a turban instead of a hat.
Manjit Singh GK, General Secretary of the DSGMC, has written a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stating that the statue of Bhagat Singh with a hat in the Delhi Assembly hurts the sentiments of the Sikh community and that it should be replaced by the one which establishes his religious identity.
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The members now want that the personality of Bhagat Singh should be defined within his religion. The issue which rises is that Bhagat Singh is a national icon, a freedom fighter, and so in this case how can such a big personality be restricted to a religion. 
This is a fact that Bhagat Singh removed his turban and started wearing a hat in order to hide his identity and run away from the persecution of the colonial power. But, a leader like him who sacrificed his life to free his nation, irrespective of his religion should be restricted by the chains of religion? 


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When you say and know that

When you say and know that Bhagat Singh started wearing hat only to avoid prosecution then whats wrong in showing him in turban after all he was sikh. He is a national hero who fought for India freedom as a sikh wearing turban.

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