Its Punjabs turn to indulge in the politics of memorials. In the coming two years the state will have at least 15 memorials to depict either a historical event or personality. Of these 15 memorials,five have already been built.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is spearheading the memorial spree and is meeting officers almost twice a month to ensure that his plans are carried out in letter and spirit. Special committees have been constituted with ministers,religious leaders,historians,bureaucrats,journalists and architects to plan the memorials tastefully and depict its historical correctness.
Just before the Vidhan Sabha elections in 2011,the state government completed the Virasat-e-Khalsa at Sri Anandpur Sahib,the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur war memorial at Chaparchiri at Mohali,the Wadda Ghalughara at Kup Rahiran in Sangrur district and the Chhota Ghalughara at Chamb Kahnuwan. The SGPC memorial for Operation Bluestar was unveiled in the Golden Temple this year.
A proposed memorial to be built by the Delhi Gurudwara Sikh Management Committee (DGSMC) to mark the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in New Delhi is next in line.
All eyes are on the proposed Jang-e-Azaadi memorial at Kartarpur near Jalandhar which is being built to highlight the contribution of Punjabis in the national freedom struggle. A 10-member panel working out the modalities is headed by Barjinder Singh Hamdard. Four feature-cum-documentary films on Indian freedom struggle will be made by Shyam Benegal for the memorial.
A state-of-the-art War Heroes Memorial and Museum is coming up in Amritsar on seven acres on the Attari border road. The project will have war galleries,displays,auditorium,laser show facility and restaurants. The CM approved a joint concept committee including representatives of the armed forces to draft a blue print for completing the prestigious project in two years.
Another memorial on the Amritsar-Attari road to mark the visit of Swami Vivekanand has been planned alongwith a memorial of Bhagwan Parshu Ram at Khaati village in SBS Nagar.
A memorial of Baba Jiwan Singh has been planned at Sri Anandpur Sahib. A 10-member concept committee for preparing concept papers of the memorial has been announced.
A memorial dedicated to the life of Guru Ravidass has been planned at Khuralgarh in Hoshiarpur. The concept committee has Sant Nirmal Dass Jaura and Sant Surinder Dass Kathar as members among others. The concept committee has to to visit the holy places connected with Guru Ravidass like Varanasi to collect more information about the life and works of guru.
Memorials of Bhai Mati Dass,Bhai Sati Dass and Bhai Dyala are planned at Sri Anandpur Sahib. They were martyred along with the ninth Sikh guru Sri Guru Teg Bahadur by the Mughals at Chandni Chowk in Delhi. The concept and design of the monument would be finalised in consultation with eminent Sikh scholars,intellectuals and religious personalities.