• Short Summary

    THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT IS STANDING FIRM AGAINST THE DEMANDS OF THE FASTING SIKH RELIGIOUS LEADER, SANT (MEANING SAINT) FATEH SINGH, WHO PLANS TO BURN HIMSELF TO DEATH ON TUESDAY UNLESS ASSURANCES ARE GIVEN THAT THE CITY OF CHANDIGARH WILL BE INCORPORATED IN THE STATE OF THE PUNJAB.

  • Description

    THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT IS STANDING FIRM AGAINST THE DEMANDS OF THE FASTING SIKH RELIGIOUS LEADER, SANT (MEANING SAINT) FATEH SINGH, WHO PLANS TO BURN HIMSELF TO DEATH ON TUESDAY UNLESS ASSURANCES ARE GIVEN THAT THE CITY OF CHANDIGARH WILL BE INCORPORATED IN THE STATE OF THE PUNJAB. SANT FATEH SINGH, WHO HAS BEEN FASTING FOR EIGHT DAYS IN THE SIKH GOLDEN TEMPLE IN AMRITSAR, IS REPORTED TO BE IN A FEEBLE CONDITION.

    SANT FATEH SINGH IS LYING ON A MATTRESS IN THE TEMPLE, WRAPPED IN A BLUE QUILT AND WEARING HIS TURBAN AND SACRED DAGGER, AS A PRIEST NEARBY INTONES FROM SIKH RELIGIOUS WRITINGS. THE SANT TODAY (SATURDAY) REJECTED AN APPEAL BY PRESIDENT RADHAKRISHNAN OF INDIA NOT TO BURN HIMSELF ALIVE. HE HAD PREVIOUSLY TOLD NEWSMEN...

    SANT FATEH SINGH SAID TODAY HE MEANT NO THREAT TO THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT AND HAD ALWAYS BEEN READY TO CO-OPERATE FOR A SOLUTION OF THE COUNTRY'S DIFFICULTIES. HE ALSO GAVE A CHRISTMAS GREETING MESSAGE TO POPE PAUL, TO OTHER CHRISTIAN LEADERS AND THE ENTIRE CHRISTIAN WORLD, EXPRESSING HIS HOPE FOR WORLD PEACE.

    THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT HAS CALLED SANT FATEH SINGH'S BURNING THREAT "POLITICAL BLACKMAIL", AND REFUSES TO GIVE IN TO HIS DEMANDS, IN SPITE OF EFFORTS TO PERSUADE HIM NOT TO CARRY OUT HIS THREAT. MEANWHILE, A HINDU LEADER, YOGIRAJ SURYADZVE, IS STAGING A COUNTER-FAST IN CHANDIGARH TO OPPOSE THE OBJECTIVES OF FATEH SINGH. HE'S REPORTED TO BE VERY WEAK.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8K2AJQUZOEDYDOAQZQF1U7XHR
    Media URN:
    VLVA8K2AJQUZOEDYDOAQZQF1U7XHR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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