Chandigarh, India

Gurcharan Singh Tohra
  (Sept 24, 1924 — April 1, 2004)

    TOHRA'S  LIFE  IN  PHOTOS

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G
urcharan Singh Tohra was a towering figure who dominated Sikh public affairs for over four decades. He was a people’s person, who drew his strength from the faithful that spanned Punjab. He often blurred the line between religion and politics. Just a few days before his death, he became a member of the Rajya Sabha for a record sixth time.

Gurcharan Singh Tohra participates in the ardas before the starting of kar seva at the Golden Temple, Amritsar
The final ardas: Gurcharan Singh Tohra participates in the ardas before the starting of kar seva at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, on March 25, 2004.

An early picture of Tohra receiving felicitations after being elected President of the SGPC
Looking ahead: An early picture of Tohra receiving felicitations after being elected President of the SGPC.

The SGPC chief with the then Chief Minister, Giani Zail Singh, at the Guru Gobind Singh Marg procession in 1973
Mixing religion and politics: The SGPC chief with the then Chief Minister, Giani Zail Singh, at the Guru Gobind Singh Marg (Anandpur Sahib to Talwandi Sabo) procession in 1973.

Tohra raises his hands at the launch of the Sarab Hind Shiromani Akali Dal
Show of hands: Tohra raises his hands at the launch of the Sarab Hind Shiromani Akali Dal.

Tohra with 1984 Delhi riot widows
The healing touch: Tohra with 1984 Delhi riot widows.

 

Addressing members of the working committee of the Akali Dal (T)
The political leader: Addressing members of the working committee of the Akali Dal (T).

Tohra carries the sacred Guru Granth Sahib
Holy task: Tohra carries the sacred Guru Granth Sahib.

Recuperating in a Ludhiana hospital after an attack by militants in 1990
The survivor: Recuperating in a Ludhiana hospital after an attack by militants in 1990.

Releasing Truth about Punjab, an SGPC white paper on Operation Bluestar
White paper: Releasing Truth about Punjab, an SGPC white paper on Operation Bluestar.

 

The temptuous two of Punjab politics, Badal and Tohra, in their younger days
Friends, foes, friends: The temptuous two of Punjab politics, Badal and Tohra, in their younger days.

Addressing a gathering during a dharna at Patiala in 1993
People's person: Addressing a gathering during a dharna at Patiala in 1993.

With former Prime Minister Chandra Sekhar and Andhra Pradesh Governor Surjit Singh Barnala
This way, please: With former Prime Minister Chandra Sekhar and Andhra Pradesh Governor Surjit Singh Barnala.




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