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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tribute to Sikh saints Guru Gobind Singh and Guru Tegh Bahadur in his monthly radio address Mann ki Baat, saying that the sacrifices by these greats helped keep our culture safe. “We remain indebted to these greats for their sacrifices and their spirit of compassion,” PM said as he paid tributes to the Sikh saints, including sons of Guru Gobind Singh.

“On this day, two sons of Guru Gobind Singh ji, Sahibzade Zorawar Singh ji and Fateh Singh ji were bricked alive. The oppressor wanted the two sahibzade to give up their faith, the tradition of the great gurus but even at such a young age, our sahibzade showed exemplary courage and will power. While they were being bricked alive, bricks upon bricks were being laid…. deaths was staring down at them but even then they didn’t flinch,” PM Modi said in his final Mann ki Baat address of 2020.

PM Modi also spoke about his last week’s visit to Sikh shrine Gurudwara Rakabganj in Delhi, to pay tributes to Sikh saint Guru Tegh Bahadur, a day after his death anniversary was observed. “About a week back was the day of martyrdom of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur ji. I had the privilege to pay my obeisance to Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur ji at Gurudwara Rakabganj in Delhi,” he said.

“During this month, inspired by Guru Gobind Singh ji, many people sleep on the floor. People reverently remember the supreme sacrifice of the family of Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji. This martyrdom gave a new lesson to the entire humanity. This martyrdom did a great work of protecting our civilisation. We are indebted to this martyrdom,” he said.

The PM visited the iconic Gurudwara Rakabganj at a time when his government is confronting huge anger among farmers, many of them from Punjab, who have been protesting against new laws on how and where their produce can be sold. The sermon was being recited in the background by the granthi or ceremonial reader in Punjabi.

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