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TRUTH   JUSTICE   FREEDOM

“THERE ARE NO MIRRORS IN JAIL, BUT WHEN I GET READY EACH & EVERY DAY, I LOOK INTO MY ‘MIRROR’ AND I SEE 1984 STARING BACK AT ME – THAT IS WHAT I FOCUS ON WHEN I PREPARE MYSELF FOR THE DAY AHEAD...” – Jagtar Singh Hawara.

This was the hard hitting and inspirational answer from Jagtar Singh Hawara when we recently discussed his daily prison life. In his latest statement, Bhai Hawara has sent a loud and clear message to the Sikh nation. He urges each and every one of us to attend any of the events taking place to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the army attack on the Harmandir Sahib complex. To participate in the Ardas being held on the sacred ground which felt the full force and destruction by the army tanks and heavy artillery – the Sri Akal Takht, which is taking place on Friday 6th June 2014. Or to attend the annual ‘1984 Remembrance Rally’ in London on Sunday 8th June 2014.

Jagtar Singh Hawara asks that we remember our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers and loving children who were martyred by the callous actions of the State and also to keep in our minds those like Bhai Hawara himself, who spent years languishing in jails right across India - tortured, harassed and treated like animals. They were denied their basic human rights; the right to legal representation, the right to family visits, the right to access the appeals and parole process, the right to food, water, shelter and clothing. These members of our Khalsa Panth are often forgotten but they are alive today, haunted by the hardships they endured.

Lastly, Jagtar Singh Hawara hopes the Sangat will join him to pray for the Chardi Kala and wellbeing of Bhai Joga Singh a highly respected leader of the Sikh community in the UK, who was recently taken unwell. 

© The Sikh Organisation for Prisoners Welfare 2019