Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Centenary Celebration Marks 100 Years of ‘Jaito da Morcha’

by Parminder Singh Sodhi

In a vibrant display of commemoration and reverence, the streets of Ropar echoed with the melodies of devotion as a grand nagar kirtan, marking the centenary of ‘Jaito da Morcha,’ unfolded from Gurdwara Tibbi Sahib to Gurdwara Sri Angeetha Sahib. This monumental event, held today, pays homage to the courage and sacrifice of those who stood steadfast during the Gurdwara Reform Movement, marred by the tragic events of February 21, 1924, at Jaito.

The town, adorned in festive attire, served as the backdrop for a poignant journey through history, commemorating the peaceful procession of Sikhs that turned into a harrowing confrontation with British forces, resulting in the loss of many devout souls. As the sun rose on this significant day, the spirit of resilience and remembrance filled the air.

Leading the tribute, Harjinder Singh Dhami, President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), revisited the pivotal moments of ‘Jaito da Morcha,’ offering insights into its profound significance. As a testament to preserving the legacy of this historic movement, an illustrated book chronicling its narrative was unveiled, ensuring that the valorous acts of the past remain etched in collective memory.

The nagar kirtan, weaving through the streets, served as a symbolic pilgrimage, echoing the footsteps of those who marched bravely a century ago. Along the route, the tableau procession captivated the hearts of devotees, with poignant depictions bringing the story of ‘Jaito da Morcha’ to life. Notably, a meticulously crafted representation of Nabha jail stood as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices endured for the cause of reform.

As the procession culminated at Gurdwara Sri Angeetha Sahib, the atmosphere was imbued with reverence and reflection. Here, amidst the hallowed grounds, the journey of remembrance found its poignant conclusion, honoring the indomitable spirit of those who paved the way for justice and equality.

Beyond the festivities, the centenary celebration of ‘Jaito da Morcha’ serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring legacy of courage and resilience. It stands as a testament to the unwavering commitment of the Sikh community towards righteousness and social reform, inspiring generations to come.

In commemorating the sacrifices of the past, the spirit of ‘Jaito da Morcha’ lives on, guiding us towards a future anchored in justice, equality, and the pursuit of truth.

Parminder Singh Sodhi

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