War heroes to share space at Golden Temple museum. Indian war heroes belonging to the Sikh community will now share space with Khalistani militants who fought against the armed forces during and after Operation Bluestar, at a museum in the Golden Temple complex here.Giving rise to a paradoxical scenario, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) is putting up portraits of late Lt Gen Harbaksh Singh, hero of the 1965 Indo-Pak war, Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Arora, the poster boy of the 1971 Indo-Pak war, and Indian Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh who died recently, at the Central Sikh Museum where portraits of militants and militant preacher Jarnail Singh Bhindranwala have already been installed.The Sikh high priests and SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar will unveil these portraits at a special function to be held on Tuesday. Other militants whose portraits are part of the museum include the then All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) president Amrik Singh and Maj Gen Shabeg Singh who were killed during Operation Bluestar carried out by the Indian Army to take on the Sikh militants holed up inside the Golden Temple complex in June 1984.Apart from them, other prominent militants who were active after Operation Bluestar have also been recognised in the museum. They include Sukhdev Singh Sukha and Harjinder Singh Jinda – both assassins of former Gen AS Vaidya – and Jugraj Singh Samalsar. Notably, Sikh militants whose portraits are featured in the museum fought against the Indian security forces for the cause of Khalistan, a separate Sikh state.
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