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Politicians

A Sikh politician has to make himself suitable for ruling over the people by imbibing Gurmat qualities of truthful living. Th ey must remember what the Guru says - Takht raja so bahai ji takhtai laik hoi - Th at king sits upon the throne, who is worthy of that throne.

When Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib combined the Miri Piri concept and we were transformed from saints to saint soldiers, the politics and religion, both became important in the lives of Sikhs. It actually meant that our administration, weather it was political or social, it must be guided by our religious principles. In other words, though politics and religion were to move side by side, politics should never have a control over the religion. Th is position was appreciated till our country became independent, but since then the position deteriorated as politics became dominant making religion subservient to it. It is true that the Sikhs have remained very active in the fi eld of politics also, particularly in Punjab. When the country became independent and PEPSU was not part of Punjab, aft er the Prime Minstership of S. Hardit Singh Mullik (1944-47) S. Gian Singh Rarewala became the Prime Minister and later on the fi rst elected Chief Minister of a non-Congress coalition ministry formed in April 1952. He will be remembered for his sincere eff orts to promote Punjabi. He had made knowledge of Punjabi compulsory for all government servants during his tenure. Even aft er the merger of PEPSU with Punjab, he remained a supporter of Punjabi speaking state for the progress of Punjabi language. Almost all the Chief Ministers of Punjab with a few exceptions were Sikhs. Th ey included S. Pratap Singh Kairon, S. Gurmukh Singh Musafi r, S. Gurnam Singh, S. Lakshaman Singh Gill, S. Surjit Singh Barnala, Giani Zail Singh, S. Beant Singh and S. Prakash Singh Badal. Th e former Chief Minister of Punjab Capt. Amrinder Singh is from the royal family of Patiala having military background. S. Pratap Singh Kairon, the C.M. of Punjab from 1956 to 1964 was not only a highly educated and widely travelled person, but also a man of strong will and determination. He made new experiments to make Punjab a developed and prosperous State. His boldness led to the task of consolidation of land holdings which increased agricultural production. Giani Zail Singh, another Chief Minister of Punjab, who will be remembered for making Guru Gobind Singh Marg from Anandpur Sahib to Talwandi Sabo, became the fi rst Sikh President of India. Th e Sikhs have held many important political posts starting from Mayors, Sheriff s to the level of Ministers at the Center and in other states also. For example, Dr. Manmohan Singh held many important posts before he became the Finance Minister of India. Aft er that he remained the Prime Minister of the country for 10 years. Other Sikh Ministers who have held a number of posts include S. Buta Singh and S. Swarn Singh. S. Swarn Singh Minister of External Aff airs from 1970-1974 was a very famous fi gure in politics. He had a gift of gab and was associated in all political and diplomatic talks. He assisted Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, fi rst Prime Minister of India in his talks with the Chinese leader Chou-En-Lai, on the Indo-China border question in 1960. "He was with the Indian delegation for its six rounds of talks with Pakistan, 1962-63. He led the Indian delegation to the United Nations several times. He attended all meetings of the Heads of Commonwealth nations and led the Indian delegation at all summit meetings of non-aligned governments during that period. He was named by Indira Gandhi her special envoy to Pakistan, Indonesia and Nigeria in 1980. From 1976-81, he was president of Indian Council of World Aff airs. He was a member of the Eminent Persons' Group constituted by the United Nations General Assembly. Most of his retired years were spent working for UNESCO where he again earned a great name for himself for his application and readiness of mind. He was Vice-Chairman of the UNESCO Board, 1984-86. Th e last years of his life were spent by him in service of his community by associating with Bhai Vir Singh Sadan, an institute devoted to the study of Sikh letters. Even today, there is no dearth of Sikhs in Indian politics, but, as the politics of our country has stooped to such low level that most of the politicians lack the grace of their predecessors. Th ey do not have Gurmat qualities like that of humility, sweat speech, honesty, commitment and dedicated service. It is, therefore very diffi cult to look in them for role-models. However, the Sikhs who have entered politics in foreign countries like USA, U.K., New Zealand and Canada have an excellent reputation both in respect of their character and performance. Th us, while selecting our role-models we have taken those Sikh politician who have contributed something signifi cant for community, or state or the country. Th ere may be a diff erence of opinion about them, as a good number of people follow them, we hope that realizing their responsibility, they will follow the path shown by our Gurus and put their followers on the right path.

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Bardish Chagger

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Captain Amrinder Singh

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Dr. Manmohan Singh

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Arvinder Singh Lovely

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Dr. Anarkali Kaur Honaryar

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Harsimrat Kaur Badal

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Navjot Kaur Sidhu

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Preneet Kaur

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Darshan Singh Kang

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Gurpreet Singh Dhillon

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Harminder Pal Singh

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Charanjit Singh Atwal

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H.S. Chatha

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H.S. Sajjan

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Harvinder Singh Phoolka

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Sdn. Harjinder Kaur

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Jarnail Singh

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Jagmeet Singh

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Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi

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Martin Singh

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Navdeep Singh Bains

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Parkash Singh Badal

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Harvinder Singh Anand

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Rajvinder Singh Grewal

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Ramesh Singh

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Randeep Singh Sarai

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Tim Singh Uppal

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Sucha Singh Chhotepur

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