Modi attends martyrdom anniversary of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur

Paying tributes to Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here today that the first Sikh ruler was not only a warrior but also a selfless administrator who gave rights to the farmers and the poor.
Addressing a gathering at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur’s 300th Shaheedi Samagam (martyrdom day) at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Modi announced the allocation of Rs 100 crore for the celebrations to mark the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh next year.
Modi said Banda Bahadur took along members from all communities to build an army and gave utmost respect to the cultural and social diversity in the country.
The Prime Minister also released a coffee table book, ‘Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, Pioneer of India’s Independence’. Amid chants of ‘Jo Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal’, a set of commemorative coins issued earlier was presented to him, besides a ‘siropa’.

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