Sunday, 17 January 2010

General Attariwala’s memorial unveiled

General Attariwala’s memorial unveiled

Varinder Singh, Tribune News Service, Amritsar, January 17

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal inaugurated a memorial to the great patriot and Sikh solider of eminence, Gen Sham Singh Attariwala of the army of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, at Naraingarh chowk here today. The memorial, including a beautiful and life-like statue of General Attariwala, has been built at a cost of Rs 3.75 crore.

The ceremony was attended by Punjab ministers, including Manoranjan Kalia, Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Gulzar Singh Ranike, MPs Navjot Singh Sidhu and Rajmohinder Singh Majitha.

Addressing a gathering, Badal called upon the present and future generations especially to imbibe the values and high standards of valour and gallantry set up by General Attariwala.

Paying rich tributes to the great stalwart of the freedom movement, Badal said General Attariwala had made a significant contribution towards strengthening of the kingdom of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and making the Sikh army fight against the British army with a renewed vigour.

He said the real homage to this legendry hero is to follow in his footsteps for taking Punjab forward on the path of progress and prosperity.

Badal announced that the Punjab government would observe the martyrdom day of the great General as a state-level function every year on February 10 to propagate the legacy and saga of his bravery.

He said he would take up the issue of naming the Attari railway station and the proposed four-lane national highway after General Attariwala, with the Government of India. He assured that the state government would make suitable arrangements for the beautification and maintenance of the memorial site.

Manoranjan Kalia said it was only during the SAD-BJP government’s rule that the tradition of commemorating the significant occasions of warriors and stalwarts of the freedom movement was upheld without any failure. He complimented the Chief Minister on setting up the memorial in the memory of General Attariwala and also paid tributes to the brave warrior.

The heroic tales of General Attariwala were sung by the Dhadi jathas.


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