PM Modi to attend Veer Bal Diwas ceremony today; SGPC opposes naming

According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the celebration of ‘Veer Bal Diwas’ on Monday.

According to his office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend a ‘historic’ celebration of ‘Veer Bal Diwas’ on Monday at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in Delhi. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) issued a statement stating that PM Modi will take part in a ‘Shabad Kirtan’ performed by 300 ‘Baal Kirtanis’. He will then lead a march-past in Delhi headed by 3,000 children.

According to the statement, the government is hosting interactive and participatory activities across the country to teach residents, particularly young people, about the story of the’sahibzades,’ according to PTI. Sahibzades are the progeny of Gobind Singh, the last Sikh guru, who gave their life to maintain their faith.

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Essay and quiz contests will be organised in schools and colleges around the country.

According to the statement, digital exhibitions would be held in public venues such as airports, gas stations, and train stations.

According to the announcement, programmes will be organised around the country in which dignitaries will recount the lives and sacrifices of Guru Gobind Singh’s murdered sons.

SGPC Objects To Bal Diwas

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) protested to the Union Government naming the event ‘Veer Bal Diwas.’ The argued that “Sahibzadas referred to as ‘Babas.’ Calling the martyrdom day ‘Veer Bal Diwas’ is against Sikh philosophy as Sahibzadas are referred to as ‘Babas’ and not ‘bal’ (children). Referring to them as children belittles their tall stature as their sacrifice was of extremely huge stature.”

The SGPC advised the Sikh community globally to observe the day as “Sahibzade Shahadat Diwas” in reaction to the BJP-led Centre’s proposal.

According to Sikh community, the Akal Takht should only make decisions pertaining to Sikh gurus and their family members regarding Sikh doctrine and principles.