• Short Summary

    MASTER TARA SINGH, THE 76-YEAR OLD SIKH LEADER, BROKE HIS FAST-INTENDED UNTIL DEATH - OCT 1.

  • Description

    MASTER TARA SINGH, THE 76-YEAR OLD SIKH LEADER, BROKE HIS FAST-INTENDED UNTIL DEATH - OCT 1. PROPPED UP IN HIS LITTLE HUT AT THE HISTORIC GOLDEN TEMPLE AT AMRITSAR, THE MASTER SIPPED LEMON WATER AND HONEY FROM A GLASS HELD TO HIS LIPS BY THE MAHARAJAH OF PATIALA AND SANT FATEH SINGH, THE MASTER'S DEPUTY.

    SINCE EARLY MORNING, LARGE CROWDS HAD BEEN GATHERING OUTSIDE THE GOLDEN TEMPLE AS MEDIATORS WERE BUSY IN DELHI ATTEMPTING TO ALTER PRIME MINISTER NEHRU'S DETERMINED STAND AGAINST THEIR DEMANDS FOR A PUNJABI-SPEAKING STATE, IN WHOSE CAUSE MASTER TARA SINGH HAD FASTED.

    LATER IN THE AFTERNOON, SARDAR H.S. MALIK ARRIVED AT THE TEMPLE WITH PRIME MINISTER NEHRU'S COMMUNIQUE THAT THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT WOULD, AT THE END OF THE FAST, FORM A HIGH-LEVEL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO COMPLAINTS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THE SIKH COMMUNITY. THE PUNJABI STATE DEMAND AS SUCH COULD NOT BE PLACED BEFORE THIS COMMISSION, BUT SOME ASPECTS OF IT MUST BE CONSIDERED BY THE COMMISSION.

    BEFORE THE MASTER BROKE HIS FAST, THERE WERE DEMONSTRATIONS IN THE GOLDEN TEMPLE BY MEMBERS OF THE AXALI DAL, HIS PARTY, WHO ACCUSED HIM OF FAILING HIS PLEDGE TO WIN THEM A PUNJABI STATE OF DIE. SCUFFLES BROKE OUT AND AXALI DAL VOLUNTEERS WITH STICKS AND SWORDS WERE CALLED IN TO MAINTAIN ORDER. AS SARDAR MALIK CAME OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE TO ANNOUNCE THE END OF THE FAST, SIKHS SHOUTED THEIR FURY AND CHASED HIM OUT OF THE TEMPLE AREA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEPGJSWQZCETJ85C4W6C7OHCG3
    Media URN:
    VLVAEPGJSWQZCETJ85C4W6C7OHCG3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/10/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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