The All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) today shared their delight in observing Baisakhi, expressing hopes that this vibrant festival would usher in a new era of peace and prosperity for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
APSCC Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina conveyed that Baisakhi brings joy and happiness to all who celebrate it. He emphasized that such festive occasions provide valuable opportunities for different communities to connect, exchange warm wishes, and forge stronger bonds.
Raina explained that for Sikhs, Baisakhi marks the creation of the Khalsa Panth and holds deep significance. He encouraged the Sikh community, particularly the younger generation, to follow the path of peace and development laid out by Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
According to the APSCC Chairman, Sikh households traditionally celebrate Baisakhi in nearby gurudwaras. Raina called on the Sikh community to remain united, calm, and hopeful for the resolution of long-standing issues by the government, praying that these challenges would soon be overcome.
Several other APSCC leaders extended their greetings, including Ajit Singh Mastana, Principal Niranjan Singh, Kanwal Kashmiri, Davinder Singh, Hakumat Singh, Indumeet Singh, Master Kuldeep Singh, Sant Singh, Gurdayal Singh, Rajinder Singh, Manjeet Singh, and others.
Raina expressed disappointment that successive Jammu and Kashmir governments have not given due importance to Baisakhi, despite its significance for the Sikh community. He highlighted ongoing concerns such as the neglect of the Punjabi language, unemployment, and insufficient attention to Sikh community celebrations and festivals.
Lastly, Raina urged Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir to resist any criminal involvement in gurudwara affairs and to separate themselves from harmful elements. He implored the community to learn from past experiences and maintain the integrity of their religious institutions.