Foundation in the memory of Sirdar Kapur Singh
PATIALA: A foundation in memory of name of renowned Sikh intellectual Sirdar Kapur Singh here by a group of Sikhs.The main force behind Anandpur Sahib Resolution the late Sirdar Kapur Singh had became an ardent supporter of the Akali demand for a Punjabi speaking state.
After a brief stint as Professor of Sikhism under the authority of the Akal Takht, he joined active politics.
In 1962, he was elected to the lower house of the Indian Parliament and as a member of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha (State Legislative Assembly) in 1969. He was forthright in speech and an unrelenting critic of the government's policies which discriminated against the Sikhs.
As a Sikh ideologue he was the moving spirit behind the Anandpur Sahib resolution adopted by the Shiromani Akali Dal in 1973, which like several others of his pronouncements became a crucial enunciation of modern Sikh political formula and policy.
Selected into the Indian Civil Service he served in various administrative posts in the cadre. In 1947, he was appointed deputy commissioner of Kangra.
He was particularly irked by the growing narrow politics of the government biased against the Sikhs.
Prof. Harjit Singh Gill, Bibi Baljit Kaur Aklagarh and former bureaucrat Gurtej Singh was among the members of the foundation.
Bibi Akalgarh said has demanded in a release that a chair in the memory of Sirdar Sahib should be established in one of the universities of Punjab. The books and articles written by Sirdar Kapur Singh will be reprinted by the foundation, she added.