24, 1924 — April 1, 2004)
set for bhog function
(Patiala), April 10
Villagers across this district and Fatehgarh Sahib are gearing up to
give a people’s farewell to Gurcharan Singh Tohra — their pradhanji
for decades. They are raising welcome arches, a huge ‘pandal’, and
organising langar for the bhog ceremony of Pradhanji. Many are just
standing guard outside Pradhanji’s house.
CLP divided over attending Tohra’s bhog
Chandigarh, April 9
Members of the Punjab Congress
Legislature Party in general and members of the Council of Ministers in
particular are sharply divided over attending the bhog ceremony of
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra who
died in a New Delhi hospital on April 1.
visits Tohra’s widow
(Patiala), April 7
Today it was the turn of Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur
Bhattal to pay homage to the late Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak
Committee (SGPC) president Gurcharan Singh Tohra.
was austere, Badungar, Bibi not
Amritsar, April 6
Gurcharan Singh Tohra had not
claimed any car/petrol or telephone bills from the SGPC during his
present stint as its president from July 27, 2003, till his death as
part of austerity measures.
to shift Tohra ‘lacked life-support system’
The controversy over the airlifting of Gurcharan Singh Tohra to
Escorts Hospital has been compounded with Deputy Commissioner Raminder
Singh revealing that the ex-chief of the SGPC could not be taken into
the air taxi on a stretcher despite two attempts made by doctors due
to the narrow door of the aircraft.
into Tohra’s death
Amritsar, April 5
The Sikh Jagriti Manch today
demanded a probe into the circumstances that led to the death of SGPC
president Gurcharan Singh Tohra.
ashes immersed in canal
Patiala, April 4
Ashes of late Shiromani Gurdwara
Parbandhak Committee President Gurcharan Singh Tohra were today
collected and immersed in the Bhakra Canal, one km from his Tohra
village in this district, by relatives and associates.
death a setback for SAD
Chandigarh, April 4
It is the second time that the
Shiromani Akali Dal has suffered a major setback at the time of
elections. This time because of the death of the SGPC chief Gurcharan
Singh Tohra .
Call to preserve Tohra’s
son-in-law blames doctors
Tohra (Patiala), April 3
Late Gurcharan Singh Tohra’s son-
in- law Harmel Singh Tohra today blamed the doctors of the Escorts
hospital in Amritsar for the death of his father-in-law by claiming that
the condition of the late leader took a turn for the worse after doctors
gave him medicines to make him pass stool on March 30.
Panth Rattan to Tohra: Sikh
clergy to decide
Tohra’s widow to RS: Sikh council
paid to Tohra
takes over as officiating SGPC chief
ceremony for man of the masses
Tohra (Patiala), April 2
Punjabis collected in the thousands, bearing the heat and dust
to pay their last tributes to the common man’s “Pardhan”,
Gurcharan Singh Tohra, at the cremation ground in this village, which
was transformed into a sea of blue today.
A sea of mourners bid
adieu to SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra on his last journey at
his native village, Tohra, in Patiala district on Friday. —
Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma
goes all out to keep Badal away from Tohra legacy
Patiala, April 2
If sworn enemies SAD chief
Parkash Singh Badal and state Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh were
standing together yesterday to receive the mortal remains of Gurcharan
Singh Tohra at Shambu, then both Badal and Amarinder were sitting
cheek by jowl at his funeral in Tohra village in this district today.
lost my right hand: Badal
for “Panth Rattan Award” for Tohra
Sikhs condole Tohra’s death
Chandigarh, April 2
The Giani Dit Singh Memorial
International Society today mourned the death of Jathedar Gurcharan
Singh Tohra, president, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.
Sonia mourn Tohra’s death
New Delhi, April 2
The Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L.
K. Advani, today expressed grief over the demise of the SGPC
President, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra.
son sets in Tohra village
Tohra (Patiala), April 1
Cavalcades are not new to this village, which has been made famous by
its most eminent son, Gurcharan Singh Tohra. However, today’s stream
of vehicles was one the villagers were expecting with a heavy heart
since morning, when they came to know their beloved leader had passed
away in Delhi last night.
5-day state mourning declared
Chandigarh, April 1
The Punjab Government has declared a holiday tomorrow in all its
offices, boards, corporations and educational institutions as a mark
of respect to Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra, SGPC chief, and member
of the Rajya Sabha, who passed away early this morning.
to shift Tohra was wrong: CM
Patiala, April 1
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today expressed surprise at the
decision of the Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal to
shift critically ill Gurcharan Singh Tohra to Delhi yesterday from
missed sixth entry into RS
Chandigarh, April 1
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, who missed entering the Rajya Sabha for a
record sixth term, had a distinct political career in which he never
sought election to the State Assembly. From 1969 till his death, he
remained Member of Rajya Sabha for almost 21 years spanning over five
of Tohra’s death on Punjab politics
Chandigarh, April 1
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra was the most celebrated leader of the Khalsa
Panth for about four decades. He not only lent a thundering voice to
Panthic politics but also gave a new meaning, direction and idiom to
Sikh Panth has lost an icon
Gurcharan Singh Tohra had started off as SGPC chief way back in 1973
by initiating kar seva at the Golden Temple sarovar. That is how he
closed his innings 31 years later. The massive heart attack he
suffered after doing kar seva at the same sacred pool on March 25
colossus who strode the Punjab scene
Honesty was a byword for G.S. Tohra
by Himmat Singh Gill
and without ado, Sardar Gurcharan Singh Tohra, the uncrowned King of
rural Punjab and the Sikhs, has passed away into the night. There will
be today, possibly no trumpets, loud cheers or gaudy spectacle to
accompany him as he makes his last journey in his native place.
Singh, others mourn Tohra’s deathChandigarh, April 1
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt
Amarinder Singh, has expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of the
SGPC president, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, who passed away in New Delhi
fell on his shoulders early
Tohra (Patiala), April 1
At ten, a young “man” of this
village with a small land holding took Labh Singh under his patronage.
The young man, bereft of a father, worked shoulder to shoulder with
Labh Singh on his 22 bighas of land, often taking on hard labour and
letting his “servant” do the lighter work.
to be remembered for his reforms: Governor
Chandigarh, April 1
The death of Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president, SGPC, was condoled
by different political parties besides the Governor of Punjab here
today. Justice O.P. Verma, Governor, Punjab, in a press note expressed
“deep shock over the demise of Mr Tohra.
mourns Tohra’s death
Ludhiana, April 1
A pall of gloom descended on the city as the Sikh community in
general and a number of educational institutions in particular,
mourned the death of Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President of Shiromani
Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. Prayer meetings were held to pay homage
to the departed leader, who had remained in the centre-stage of Sikh
politics in Punjab for several decades.
chief Tohra passes away
Amritsar, March 31
Veteran Akali leader and SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra died
at Escorts Hospital, New Delhi, tonight. Mr Ranbir Singh, personal
assistant to the SGPC chief, said doctors at the hospital declared Mr
Tohra dead at 12.41 a.m.
still on life support
Amritsar, March 30
The team of cardiologists
attending on SGPC President Gurcharan Singh Tohra felt that his
condition continues to be critical and they were keeping a close watch
on his blood pressure and pulse.
condition worsens, not to be shifted to Delhi
Amritsar, March 29
The condition of SGPC President Gurcharan Singh Tohra worsened last
night when the doctors attending on him tried to remove his life
support system partially at the Escorts Heart and Super-Specialty
Amritsar, March 26
Even as the condition of Mr
Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak
Committee, was showing signs of improvement, a team of doctors at the
Escorts Heart and Superspeciality Institute here feels that he
continues to be critical.
suffers massive heart attack
Amritsar, March 25
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president, Shiromani Akali Dal, today
suffered a massive heart attack after the historic kar seva of the
sarovar of the Golden Temple began here today.
Amritsar, November 20
As Akali stalwart, Gurcharan
Singh Tohra was re-elected SGPC chief for the 27th term which is
unprecedented in the 78-year-old history of the SGPC — considered
‘Mini Parliament’ of Sikhs. He could not ensure the election of
his confidant Sukhdev Singh Bhaur as senior vice-president.
back at the centrestage of Sikh politics
This time he owes it to his
former foe, Badal
by Roopinder Singh
in Punjab have watched Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra’s re-election as the
President of the SGPC with a
distinct sense of déjà vu. This is quite unlike the other elections
during his earlier, record-breaking 25 years at the helm of the
premier Sikh religious body. This ensured his stamp not only on the
affairs of the Sikhs worldwide, but also those of the Punjabis at
large. What happens now remains to be seen.
returns as SGPC chief
Amritsar, July 27
Even as Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra
was elected as 26th President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak
Committee at an emergency meeting of the Executive Committee here
today, Bibi Jagir Kaur and Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar — both former
President, and a number of pro-Badal SGPC members were absent.