“There are good, the bad and the ugly. Every institution has them. Every nation has them. The ugly need to be punished. But individuals cannot be blamed for the dastardly act,” the Punjab local bodies minister said.
A police complaint, meanwhile, was filed against the Dussehra event’s organiser Sourab Mithu Madan and former MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu by an injured victim, who was accompanied by SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia to the police station.
The Khushwant Singh Literary Festival (KSLF) 2018 celebrates the author’s irreverence, but this year’s theme - Strength of a Naari - had more meaning in the backdrop of the movement that began on Twitter with women calling out sexual harassers in the creative field, prominent names among them being Union Minister MJ Akbar.
Cogress president Rahul Gandhi was among the first to send him a congratulatory text message. Priyanka too called him up later and congratulated. CM Amarinder Singh, who tweeted a congratulatory message for him, also called him up personally.
Sidhu also said Manmohan Singh was both a sardar and asardar (effective). "You (Singh) are both a sardar and effective too (aap sardaar bhi hain aur asardaar bhi hain). Your silence has done what BJP‘s uproar could not not do," the Punjab minister said.
“With Punjab standing tall in terms of Param Vir Chakras won by its men, the festival is an apt and glowing tribute to the grit, courage and fearless determination of the country’s defence personnel,” said Sidhu.