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Book on Sikh missionary released
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 9
A book on the life of Bhai Takhat Singh of Ferozepore written by Col Dalvinder Singh Grewal was released today by Bibi Inderjit Kaur at Punjabi Bhavan this morning. The function was organised under the aegis of the Sikh Missionary College. Intellectuals and writers attended the function in large number. The book is the 282nd publication of the Sikh Missionary College.

Col Dalvinder, principal, Guru Nanak Engineering College, said the matter for the book on the life of the missionary was researched by him for three years. He was inspired by the zeal of Bhai Thakat Singh who had gone to foreign countries to collect money to start a school for girls at home.

He was a pioneer in education for girls. He started Sikh Kanya Mahavidalya in 1890. In his own words, “When I approached Singh Sabha for opening girls school, only a few supported the idea. There were numerous objections. Some said that girls would get spoilt. They would write letters to boyfriends.”

Bhai Takhat Singh allayed the fears and finally the school was constructed. But no student followed. None was ready to send his daughter to school. Thakat Singh tried to persuade a few parents, but in vain. Opponents created further hurdles by propogating against the school. He prayed to the Almighty and seen things began to fall into place.

Those who spoke on the occasion were Giani Gurdit Singh, Mr Amarjit Singh, Dean, Guru Nanak Dev University, Dr Gurcharanjit Singh, Bibi Joginder Kaur, Mr Karamjit Singh Aujla and Dr Joginder Singh, DPI.


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