New Delhi: Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday released commemorative silver coin to mark 300th Martyrdom Day of Banda Singh Bahadur, who is considered to be first sovereign ruler of Punjab. Releasing the coins manufactured in association with MMTC, Jaitley said there is a need to educate people about the rich history and tradition of Punjab including its leaders like Banda Singh Bahadur.
He also suggested Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) to make a documentary on the life and times of Banda Singh Bahadur. The leader had sacrificed his life at the age of 46 to protect honour and tradition. He established his rule by defeating Mughals in 1710. Later in 1716, he was captured and executed by Mughals in Delhi at the age of 46. “The Khalsa history is of the brave men. It motivates people,” the minister said while addressing a gathering after releasing the coin. Jaitley said that the coin will help people remember Banda Bahadur and his sacrifice.
The release of the commemorative coin comes months ahead of the 2017 assembly elections in Punjab. DSGMC chief Manjit Singh GK said that the Central government is extending all possible support in promoting the great cultural heritage of Sikhism. “We will certainly implement the suggestions of Finance Minister Arun Jaitely. People must know about our great gurus, whose teachings help us to live in a cohesive manner,” he said.DP
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