Aurangzeb May Have Killed Many, But Couldn’t Destroy Our Faith, Says PM Modi At Red Fort

PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the Red Fort on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur. Red Fort is where the religious leader was beheaded by Aurangzeb.

400th birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur

PM Modi was speaking from the Red Fort as part of the 400th birth anniversary of the ninth Sikh guru. This Red Fort is a witness that Guru Tegh Bahadur stood like a rock against Aurangzeb’s tyranny, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


“In front of Aurangzeb’s tyrannical thinking, Guru Tegh Bahadur became ‘Hind di Chadar’ and stood like a rock. This Red Fort is a witness that even though Aurangzeb severed many heads, but could not shake our faith. The sacrifice of Guru Tegh Bahadur has inspired many generations of India to live and die to protect the dignity of their culture, for its honor and respect,” he said.

PM Modi also said that the government took steps to evacuate copies of the Guru Granth Sahib from Afghanistan after the Taliban took over.

“Our government is making continuous efforts to link the holy places of pilgrimage connected to Sikh tradition,” PM Modi said.


‘India still stands immortal’

The Prime Minister also said that India has never posed a threat to any country or society and it thinks for the welfare of the entire world even today amid global conflicts, claiming that the country is following the ideals of Sikh gurus.

“Big powers have disappeared, big storms have calmed down, but India still stands immortal and is moving ahead.

“I am happy that today our country is moving forward with full devotion to the ideals of our gurus. On this honorable occasion, I bow at the feet of all ten gurus. Hearty congratulations to all of you on the occasion of Prakash Parv,” PM Modi said.


He added, “Guru Nanak Dev Ji united the whole country in one thread. Guru Tegh Bahadur’s followers were everywhere. Patna Sahib in Patna and Rakabganj Sahib in Delhi, we see ‘Ek Bharat’ everywhere in the form of Guru’s wisdom and blessings.”

PM Modi also announced that Veer Bal Diwas will be celebrated on December 26. “Last year itself, our government decided to celebrate Veer Bal Diwas on December 26 in memory of the great sacrifice of Sahibzadas,” the PM said, adding that the government is also making continuous efforts to connect the pilgrimages of Sikh tradition.

The prime minister also released a memorial coin and postage stamp to mark the occasion.