In a formal ceremony held in Ferozepur, Punjab, Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann made a significant announcement that marks a profound tribute to the valiant Sikh warriors who gave their lives in the historic Battle of Saragarhi. A state-of-the-art monument, dedicated to commemorating the martyrdom of 21 brave Sikh soldiers, will grace the landscape of Ferozepur, with an ambitious timeline of completion within six months.
The Battle of Saragarhi: A Heroic Stand in Military History
The Battle of Saragarhi, which took place on September 12, 1897, near Samana Ridge (now in Pakistan), is a remarkable chapter in military history. 21 soldiers from the 36 Sikhs regiment valiantly defended their post against nearly 10,000 Afghan attackers, ultimately choosing death over surrender. This unparalleled act of bravery continues to hold a special place in India’s military history, showcasing the indomitable spirit of Punjabis when pushed to their limits.
Chief Minister’s Rebuke of Past Neglect and His Commitment to Monument’s Timely Completion
The Chief Minister also criticized previous governments for neglecting the importance of this historic site. Despite a promise to construct a memorial and an allocation of Rs 1 crore in 2019, no progress was made due to the lack of an additional Rs 25 lakh in funds.
To ensure the timely completion of the monument, Chief Minister Mann personally pledged to monitor its progress in the coming months. He made it clear that any unwarranted delays or instances of corruption during construction would not be tolerated, with strict actions promised against those involved.
Ferozepur: A Hub of Tourism
In addition to the Saragarhi memorial, Chief Minister Mann unveiled his vision of developing Ferozepur district as a prominent tourism hub in the state. This district holds historical significance, housing not only the Saragarhi memorial but also the Hussainiwala Memorial, where renowned freedom fighters Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Sukhdev, and Shaheed Rajguru were martyred. Chief Minister Mann aspires to showcase these historically significant sites to attract tourists from around the world.
Chief Minister Mann’s Vision for the Saragarhi Memorial as an Enduring Source of Inspiration
Chief Minister Mann affirmed the state government’s commitment to ensuring that this iconic “Last Stand” becomes a symbol of inspiration and motivation for future generations. The Saragarhi Battle Warriors, exemplify the determination and grit of brave Sikh warriors who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their homeland.
Chief Minister Mann reminded the audience that Punjab is a land of heroes, with the legacy of martyrs imprinted in every village and every inch of its sacred soil. He spoke of the indomitable spirit, hard work, and resilience of Punjabis, which has allowed them to carve out their place in history.