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Celebrate conquest of Lal Qila: Sikhs

The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has demanded that the Centre announce the “conquest of Lal Qila by the Sikh forces in 1783 as a national event celebrated annually”. The official demanded that the day be celebrated as ‘Delhi Fateh Diwas’ as the conquest paved the end of the mighty Mughal rule in India and beginning of war for Independence, a statement from the DSGMC said.

Officials said the committee is all set to celebrate the Fateh Diwas on March 21 and 22. This is the second year that the committee is holding the event – which commemorates unfurling of the Khalsa flag over Lal Qila in 1783 by Baba Baghel Singh.

“The efforts are being made to make it an annual program and we want that the Government of India also to commemorate the day,” said president of DSGMC Manjit Singh GK.

“DSGMC started celebrating Delhi Fateh Siwas last year. The fact that Sikhs conquered Lal Qila defeating the powerful Mughal rule remains unknown. It should be made a national event by the government,” said DSGMC general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa, also suggesting that the light and sound show at the Lal Qila every evening should include this historical fact.

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