Battle of Amritsar 1984
Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall commissioned this exhibition by the National Sikh Youth Federation to celebrate Sikh resistance against the genocidal violence of the Indian state which began with the invasion of Sri Darbar Sahib in June 1984.
This exhibit provides an overview of the Battle of Amritsar and serves to illus- trate the courage, dedication and unflinching spirit of the Khalsa Fauj, illuminat- ing the character and sacrifices of our martyrs in maintaining the sovereignty of the Guru Khalsa Panth.
ਚੌਂਕੀਆ ਝੰਡੇ ਬੁੰਗੇ ਜੁਗੋ ਜੁਗ ਅਟੱਲ
May the flags and military centres remain sovereign and unconquerable
The eternal spiritual and political sovereignty of the Guru Khalsa Panth has mani- fested in Sri Darbar Sahib since it was established by Guru Ram Das Ji. Sri Darbar Sahib has been invaded and demolished by virtually every single invading force that has sought to occupy and exploit Punjab. The goal of occupying forces has always been either to demilitarise, debilitate, or undermine the Khalsa Panth.
Sri Harimandir Sahib, the fortress of Sri Akal Takhat, and the education and wel- fare centres of Darbar Sahib, including the langar, are physical manifestations of our Patshahi (Guru-granted-sovereignty). The Khalsa Panth, the refuge of the hu- manity, serves the world through its indigenous institutions.
Throughout its history, the Khalsa Panth has demonstrated that the Quam must remain perpetually sovereign or the Panth will remain in a state of perpetual war forever seeking liberation, both within the consciousness of the Quam and as physical embodiment of the sovereignty of the Khalsa Panth.
ਨੀਚਾ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਨੀਚ ਜਾਤਿ ਨੀਚੀ ਹੂ ਅਤਿ ਨੀਚੁ ॥
ਨਾਨਕੁ ਤਿਨ ਕੈ ਸੰਗਿ ਸਾਥਿ ਵਡਿਆ ਸਿਉ ਕਿਆ ਰੀਸ ॥
ਜਿਥੈ ਨੀਚ ਸਮਾਲੀਅਨਿ ਿਤਥੈ ਨਦਰਿ ਤੇਰੀ ਬਖਸੀਸ ॥ ੪॥੩॥
Among the poorest and those considered "lowly", within the lowest and poorest of those, Nanak is with them, seeking their company as an ally, why imitate with those who consider themselves lofty and powerful? Where the poorest are cared for, there is the grace of divinity.