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New Jersey recognizes Guru Teg Bahadur Ji Parkash Purab as “Human Rights and Religious Freedom Day”

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The Senate and General Assembly of the New Jersey state have passed a joint legislative resolution recognizing the auspicious occasion of the birth anniversary of Ninth Nanak Guru Teg Bahadur Ji as Human Rights and Religious Freedom Day. On 18 April 2021, the Sikhs in the world will be celebrating the four hundredth Parkash Purab (birth anniversary) of the ninth guru.

The senate president Stephen M. Sweeney and the speaker of the General Assembly Craig J. Coughlin have signed a resolution stating Guru Teg Bahadur Ji as a champion of religious freedom, who confronted the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb against the forceful conversions of the Hindus. He was beheaded publicly for that act and is fondly remembered as “Dharam di Chadar”, the shield of religions for his ultimate sacrifice.

The Sikh community of the state was also commended in the resolution for the prominent role played by them in the growth and vitality of the Garden State. Along with this, the Sikh traditions to seek a holistic understanding of peace through equality, fraternity, honesty, charity, volunteerism, sharing, and conquering hatred and division through sacred teaching were also praised in the resolution.

For this achievement, the efforts of S. Jugraj Singh Grewal, S. Harjiner Singh Pinehill, Bhai Onkar Singh Jersey City, Bhai Rajbhinder Singh Badesha Burlington, Bhai Avtar Singh Bridgewater, Bhai Harjinder Singh Kehal and Hardial Singh johal are commendable.

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