JAMMU, July 20: Dedicating to “550th Birth Anniversary year of Guru Nanak Dev Ji”, Baba Banda Singh Bahadar Educational Trust, Jammu organized a seminar on “The Life & Contributions of Baba Banda Singh Bahadar” today at Abhinav Theatre, Jammu.
The seminar was organized under the supervision of Charanjeet Singh Khalsa, MLC, Managing Trustee and president of the Trust. A galaxy of Sikh Scholars spoke on the life and contribution of Baba Banda Singh Bahadar, the founder of the first Sikh Raj in India in 1710.
Dr Jaspal Singh, former Vice Chancellor of Punjab University, Patiala and former Ambassador was the chief guest on the occasion. Baba Jatinder Pal Singh Sodhi, Chief of Dera Baba Banda Bahadar Reasi presided over the function whereas Prof (Dr) Sukhdayal Singh, former HoD of Punjab Historical Studies, Punjab University, Patiala and Dr Harbans Kour Sagoo, Director International Centre for Sikh Studies, Delhi were the main speakers.
Through power point presentation, Dr Harbans Kour Sagoo threw light on all aspects of Baba Banda Singh Bahadar’s life and contributions based on historical facts showing his strong will and convictions to fight and bring to books the tyrannic rulers of that time who had leased terror and forced conversion of religion on general masses of their subjects.
Dr Sukhdayal Singh explained how Baba Banda Singh Bahadar bore all tortures and failed the rulers of the time to make him bow down before them. Dr Jaspal Singh spoke on the deep philosophical background of each action of this great hero who had made supreme sacrifice and attained martyrdom.
Speaking on the occasion, Charanjeet Singh Khalsa informed the gathering that the Trust is setting up a big residential cum educational centre at Nowshera for the people and children of the far flung areas of Reasi, Rajouri and Poonch.