• Short Summary

    WHITE-BEARDED MASTER TARA SINGH, PLEDGED TO FAST TO DEATH UNLESS THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT CONCEDES HIS DEMAND FOR CREATING A PUNJABI-SPEAKING STATE ADDRESSED A MASS THRONG OF 30,000 SIKHS AT THE GOLDEN TEMPLE, CENTRE OF SIKH WORSHIP, IN AMRITSAR, AUGUST 15.

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    WHITE-BEARDED MASTER TARA SINGH, PLEDGED TO FAST TO DEATH UNLESS THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT CONCEDES HIS DEMAND FOR CREATING A PUNJABI-SPEAKING STATE ADDRESSED A MASS THRONG OF 30,000 SIKHS AT THE GOLDEN TEMPLE, CENTRE OF SIKH WORSHIP, IN AMRITSAR, AUGUST 15.

    THE 76-YEAR-OLD SIKH LEADER TOLD HIS FOLLOWERS WHO HAD GATHERED TO PRAY FOR HIM AND HIS CAUSE: "I PRAY TO THE ALMIGHTY TO GIVE ME ENOUGH STRENGTH TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN MY MISSION."
    MASTER TARA SINGH TOOK HIS LAST FOOD - A RITUALISTIC MIXTURE OF SUGAR, BUTTER AND FLOUR -- AND RECEIVED THE BLESSINGS OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS. HE VOWED HE WOULD EAT NOTHING THEREAFTER UNTIL HIS DEMANDS WERE MET.

    WITH MASTER TARA SINGH AS HE BEGAN HIS FAST WERE HIS DAUGHTER AND SANT FATEH SINGH, HIS DEPUTY. IN SPEECHES TO THE CROWD, BOTH MEN URGED ALL SIKHS TO AVOID VIOLENCE. WIDESPREAD TURMOIL IS EXPECTED, HOWEVER, SHOULD MASTER TARA SINGH DIE.

    THE SIKH LEADER WANTS A STATE IN NORTHWESTERN INDIA IN WHICH THE SOLE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE WOULD BE THAT OF THE SIKHS -- PUNJABI IN THE GURMURKHI SCRIPT. HIS DEMAND HAS BEEN REJECTED BY PRIME MINISTER NEHRU.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4JRKZ3C6XPLUZHX1CL8WBRJUD
    Media URN:
    VLVA4JRKZ3C6XPLUZHX1CL8WBRJUD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/08/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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