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We all must unite to remove the crops of hatred that are being sown

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Fourth day of Dhai Akhar Prem National Cultural Jatha in Punjab

On its fourth day in Punjab (30 October 2023), the Jatha reached Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala district. This is the place where Guru Nanak Dev worked for Nawab Daulat Khan Lodhi for fourteen years. He lived here for fourteen years and both his children – Baba Shri Chand and Baba Laxmi Chand – were born here. The mosques here are also very old and there are many big Gurudwaras too. It is said that he received ‘Guru ka Gyan’ (divine knowledge from his guru) in this place only. From here, he started writing ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ and travelled to many places. This place has a great historical importance. 

The Punjab chapter of the Jatha organised a seminar at the Press Club of Sultanpur Lodhi, in which many dignitaries, lawyers, and journalists participated. Among them were Sukhdev Singh Sirsa (National General Secretary, AIPWA), Surjeet Judge (General Secretary of Punjab PWA), Vineet Tiwari (National Secretary of AIPWA), Nisar Ali (IPTA Chhattisgarh), Inderjit Rupowali (General Secretary of IPTA Punjab), Sarabjit Rupowali (Organization Secretary, IPTA), Deepak Nahar and many others. The seminar started with the songs – “jab tak roti ke prashan par rahega bhari patthar’ and “damadam mast qalandar” sung by Nisar Ali and his team. 

In the conference, Sukhdev Singh Sirsa, Surjit Judge and Vineet Tiwari highlighted the objectives of the ‘Dhai Akhar Prem: National Cultural Jatha’. The speakers appealed that the bombings that are taking place in Palestine, the war between Russia and Ukraine, the violent incidents in Manipur, and the way crops of hatred are being sown in the world around us should be done away with. To do this we all must come together and spread the message of love, peace and harmony. The audience resonated with the viewpoints and resolved to participate and contribute their bit.

After the conference, the Jatha marched on foot to the Shaheed Udham Singh Chowk. The companions of the Jatha remembered Shaheed Udham Singh and his legacy. The team from IPTA Chhattisgarh presented the play ‘Dhai Aakhar Prem’ in Nacha-Gammat style. The audience appreciated the play and contributed generously to support the Jatha. Slogans like – insaniyat zindabad, pyaar-mohabbat zindabad, aapsi sadbhav zindabad, behanapa aur bhaichara zindabad – long live humanity, long live love, long live mutual respect, long live fraternity) – were raised while marching throughout the city.

The program was conducted by Mukhtiar Singh Chandi. On this occasion, Advocate Rajinder Singh Rana, Narinder Sonia (journalist), Dr. Swarn Singh (writer), Dr. Harbhajan Singh (President, IPTA Kapurthala), Kashmir Bajror (Vice President, IPTA Kapurthala), Manjinder Kamal (writer), Comrade Makand Singh, Rishapal Singh, Tarminder Singh, Sarwan Singh Nambardar, Ajit Singh Aujla, Amarjeet Singh Tibba and many othere were present.

Tomorrow morning a rally will take place from Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala and cultural programs will be held in the evening.

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