Guru Tegh Bahadur anniversary highlights: Addressing an event from the Red Fort on Thursday to mark the 401st birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government is making efforts to connect pilgrimages of Sikh tradition. He lauded the dedication of the Sikh community and pushed for a self-reliant India. Following the Shabad Kirtan earlier, Modi released a postal stamp and a commemorative coin on the Sikh guru. Guru Tegh Bahadur is the ninth Sikh guru who stood up against forcible conversions by the Mughals.
The PM’s address marks the culmination of a two-day mega event being organised by the ministry at Red Fort, in collaboration with the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, Union Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy said.
The BJP has been trying to reach out to the Sikh community ever since it decided to go it alone in the Punjab Assembly elections following the breakdown of the old alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal over the three farm laws. The PM had chosen to announce the repeal of the laws on Guru Nanak Jayanti last November. In neighbouring Haryana, the party has planned a series of events to mark the occasion, including a grand event in Panipat on April 24.