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CAPT PAYS RESPECT AT FATEHGARH SAHIB
Punjab CM announces new sub-tehsil at Chanarthal
26.12.17 - Team PT
Punjab CM announces new sub-tehsil at Chanarthal



FATEHGARH SAHIB, December 26: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announced the creation of a new sub-tehsil at Chanarthal to comprise 55 villages of Fatehgarh Sahib sub-division, and proposed the naming of the new National Highway from Patiala to Panyali as Mata Gujri Marg.

The Chief Minister, who was here for the historic annual Shaheedi Sabha to commemorate the ‘supreme sacrifice’ of Sri Guru Gobind Singh’s sons and his mother, also announced a new bus stand for Sirhind, which will be constructed by Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC).

Addressing the media, the Chief Minister also announced that the way had been paved for the implementation of the lining of the Sirhind Choe in Fatehgarh Sahib town, at an already sanctioned cost of Rs. 5.71 crore. The government had resolved a minor issue with the Ministry of Railways to set the implementation process in motion, he added.

Captain said his government had prepared a Special Plan for the development of historical tourism sites, as well as beautification, in the Fatehgarh Sahib-Sirhind area.

For the new National Highway from Patiala to Panyali (on Ropar-Phagwara road) via Sirhind- Fatehgarh Sahib-Bassi Pathana-Morinda, the Chief Minister said the proposal had already been submitted to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

The Chief Minister, who was accompanied by Cabinet Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, MLA Kuljit Nagra and MLA Mohali Balbir Sidhu, refused to answer any political questions from the mediapersons, saying he had only come to pay his respects in the memory of  the chotte sahibzadas and the mother of the 10th Guru.

Captain Amarinder, who partook prasad and langar,was presented a Siropa by head granthi Bhai Harpal Singh at the gurdwara The Chief Minister thanked the Head Granthi for the blessings as he bowed in obeisance at the sanctum sanctorum.

MLA Ludhiana West Bharat Bhushan Ashu, MLA Nawanshahr Angad Singh, MLA Balachour Chadhuary Balbir Lal, MLA Ludhiana North Rakesh Kumar Pandey, MLA Payal Lakhvir Singh Lakha, MLA Samrala Amrik Dhillon, MLA Rajpura Hardyal Singh Kamboj, MLA Ghanur Madan Lal Jalalpur, MLA Bassi Pathana Gurpreet Singh GP were also present




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MEMORIES FLOW
Amarinder hosts NDA batch mates for a reunion after 58 years
25.12.17 - TEAM PT
Amarinder hosts NDA batch mates for a reunion after 58 years



Chandigarh: In a reunion that revived ties that went back nearly 58 years, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday night hosted his batch mates from the National Defence Academy (NDA) for a rare dinner.

Shedding distance and time, the 57 batch mates of the Chief Minister from NDA Khadakwasla came together to recall shared memories and experiences of their days of training for the defence services and the years gone by.

The reunion also gave the men an opportunity to catch up with each other’s lives since they last met, as they went on a spree of discovery about their years post their service stints.

For a few hours, the men, who later went on to join different wings of the Indian defence forces, were back to being the young boys who had committed themselves to the service of their motherland. It was evident that their love for the defence services, and for their country, still remained as strong as ever.

Having grown up seeing the uniform, and enamoured with arms since his childhood, Amarinder said that joining the army and serving the country was the only life he had dreamt and fantasized about. It was a sentiment that every single of his batch mates seemed to share, as was evident from their memories of their defence life. Nearly six decades seemed to disappear as the 58 men talked animatedly about those days of stringent tests followed by some tough training, before they could don their uniforms. 
Captain, who chose to wear the olive green, distinctly remembered the moment when, in July 1959, he joined the George (now Delta) Squadron at NDA, located on the banks of the serene Lake Khadakwasla. As many of his batch mates pointed out, Amarinder’s love for the Army had stood the test of time and remained at the heart of his fondest memories.

His batch mates remembered him as a distinguished cadet, who captained the riding and polo team at NDA. Capt Singh was commissioned into the Indian Army in 1963 and was posted to the 2nd Battalion, the Sikh Regiment – a battalion in which his father and grandfather had served with distinction before him.

For the Army man turned politician, as for his batch mates, this reunion was a moment they would always cherish. Coming together like this after 40 years was like a dream come true for the men, who hoped this reunion would be a precursor to many more in the coming years.

The Chief Minister said he would treasure the memory of this day for the rest of their life. It was, for all of them, another experience to regale their grandchildren, or even their great grandchildren, he added.

On the occasion, Amarinder released a book "Tryst with Perfidy”, authored written by Lt Gen Kamal Davar, Former Chief of Defence Intelligence Agency.

Among those who joined the get-together were Lt Gen GS Sihota, Lt Gen BM Kapur, Lt Gen Natarajan, Lt Gen Kamal Dawar, Air Vice Marshal Sisodia, Maj Gen MS Parmar, Lt Gen Prakash Suri, Lt Gen Naryain Chatterjee, Commodore Nath and Maj Gen Gurjeet Singh Randhawa.




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I saw Reunion of Sikh Regiment In Meerut Cantt in 1958 where his father his highest Maharaja of patiala Yadvinder Singh honorary Colnel of this Sikh Regiment was Lucy to him a
Waheguru bless our Chief Minister long life and good health

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Amarinder Govt's defence: We used a picture that was already plagiarised, found it in public domain
24.12.17 - PT Bureau
Amarinder Govt's defence: We used a picture that was already plagiarised, found it in public domain



CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 24: In a rather amusing response to the row over morphing a depiction of the tenth Sikh Master, Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji, on a painting originally depicting Napoleon Bonaparte astride a horse, an official spokesperson offered a rather creative defence by virtually stating that the government had used an already plagiarised/morphed image "sourced from a Sikhism website, which was in public domain.”

"The picture had been sourced from a Sikhism website, which was in public domain. It had neither been created nor modified by the Government in any manner,” the spokesperson said. 

The Amarinder Singh government also said it "rejected charges of sacrilege in its advertisements issued on the 350th birth anniversary commemorative celebrations of Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji” and added that "the assertion was totally ridiculous.”

The government spokesperson did not clarify a single fact put out in a Punjab Today report to explain why was the cloak shown as worn by the tenth Sikh Master exactly the same as of Napoleon in the 1802 painting by a lackey artist. It did not explain why every single hair, every lock of sable, every twist of the mane, every feature of the body of the horse,  from its eyes to its limbs to even the rock underneath the horse's feet was the same as painted by someone nearly a 100 years after the Guru left this world.
 

"All the pictures/illustrations being used over the years were the imaginative creations of artists, for illustrative purposes only,” the government press release said.

The Punjab Today has also learnt that two senior retired journalists were consulted by the CMO to draft a response which was also shown to a senior woman journalist. During the consultations, much energy was spent on guessing the identity of the journalists of Punjab Today before it was decided to simply wash their hands of the entire row and offer no clarification.

While the Amarinder Singh government chided the opposition Akali Dal for not "verifying” the "authenticity” of any claims about a morphed depiction being used, it instead asked the SAD "to apologise to the people of Punjab for trying to politicize such a sombre occasion with their petty allegations.”
 

Meanwhile, it was left to the larger Sikh community, the people of Punjab and their intelligence to decide whether or not the official advertisement blatantly depicted the Tenth Sikh Guru as riding the horse of Napoleon, while also attired in Napoleon's cloak. 

That the winds sweeping the vast plains of Austria 200 years ago were playing with the mane and the cloak exactly as these did a hundred years before that somewhere in Punjab is just a tad incredulous, but then who can match the wisdom of people described as "official spokespersons.”

A senior artist consulted by Punjab Today said he was a little unhappy even with the Punjab Today report as it did not point out another vital though obvious truth: that use of such morphed pictures also amounted to an insult to all the painters who have painted depictions of Sikh gurus while remaining sensitive to religious sentiments.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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PUNJAB VIDHAN SABHA: They are publishing a new book, so please go read an old one

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'IF NOT VANDE MATARAM, then will you salute Afzal Guru?' 

LAHORE NU SALAAM – LAHORE CHODD AAYA - Prof. Randhir Singh

THE LOOT THAT RAJASTHAN COMMITTED – An insult bigger than Bollywood’s Padmawati! 

TRIBUNE’S HARISH KHARE SHATTERS EDITORIAL SILENCE OVER CARAVAN REPORTAGE  

THE DANGER OF RENAMING A COLLEGE 

ARNAB GOSWAMI WATCHES PADMAWATI, KARNI SENA IS HAPPIEST

DESH CHORR DO – VANDE MATARAM MAN TELLS SIKH LEADER TO LEAVE COUNTRY

DYAL SINGH COLLEGE TO VANDE MATARAM MAHAVIDYALAYA - A DESIGN NEFARIOUS?

HONESTY CERTIFICATE TO MAJITHIA TRIGGERS CRISIS IN TRIBUNE 

THE FINAL HONESTY CERTIFICATE: ISSUED BY THE TRIBUNE

WAS IT MEANT FOR TRUMP? OR US?  – Bush, Obama said this on Diwali

WALKING IN STEP, HAND ON THE SHOULDER Aye Bhayee, Bina Dekhe Chalo

CHALO, PATAAKE CHALAYEN – CM Amarinder Singh & Parkash Singh Badal Jee

NO TIME TO READ THIS STORY? – That’s OK - Please do not feel guilty 

ELECTION COMMISSION - YOU FAILED TO CONVINCE. TRY AGAIN.

THIS IS WHY ELECTION COMMISSION DID NOT ANNOUNCE GUJARAT POLL DATES – Decoding the mystery 

BJP TO EDUCATE FARMERS ABOUT AGRI & RELIGION LINK – Will tell them Modi did so much 

AYE BHAI, BINA DEKHE CHALO –  Walking with the blind in Chandigarh

BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame

OPEN SALE AT GNDU – Have Rs 25,000? Get your compartment cleared. Rs 50,000 for two subjects

SUCHA SINGH LANGAH : KAMAAL JAARI HAI... Sucha Singh Langah wins, even in his darkest moments

ABEY TU BAHAR NIKAL, CHOWK MEIN AA   The 10-yard-radius protest

PATIALA, VIA PANCHKULA. HAIL DEMOCRACY! Halaat kharaab nahi hone chahiye!

PEHLU KHAN CASE   Will Govt Now Compensate The Magnificent Six? The Nation Needs to Know

MR HOME MINISTER, WILL YOU BE VISITING FAROOQ AHMAD DAR'S HOUSE? 

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WE WILL KILL 40-50 – Haryana BJP, Govt calculated death toll before firing first bullet

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Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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SACRILEGE
Akali Dal demands apology from Amarinder Govt for depicting tenth Sikh Guru in Napoleon’s attire
24.12.17 - PT Bureau
Akali Dal demands apology from Amarinder Govt for depicting tenth Sikh Guru in Napoleon’s attire



CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 24: Terming it an instance of sacrilege most serious (Bajjar Gunah), the Shiromani Akali Dal has demanded an unconditional apology from the Punjab Government for morphing a painting of Napoleon Bonaparte and superimposing a depiction of tenth Sikh guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji, in the official advertisement about 350th birth anniversary celebrations of the Guru.

In a statement issued by the head office of the Akali Dal, SAD spokesperson and former minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said the government advertisement has depicted Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji astride the horse of Napoleon. "The original painting is from around circa 1800, nearly a hundred years after Guru Sahib’s time,” Dr Cheema said.

It is surprising that the Punjab Government chose to forge a painting instead of using any of the paintings of the Sikh guru that were already available, he added.
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Incidentally, an earlier instance of a self-styled dera baba donning an attire similar to the tenth Sikh Master had led to a massive imbroglio and a permanent rift between the Sikh panth and the Sirsa sect. 
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Earlier, Punjab Today had reported how the official advertisement had depicted the tenth Sikh Guru as wearing the cloak of Napoleon and riding the horse of Napoleon. The depiction was actually taken from a painting "Napoleon Crossing The Alps”. 

The SAD statement said the painting of Napoleon was too well known and all the elements depicted in the advertisement as connected with Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji have actually been taken from the painting. 

The forehead of the horse, the withers, the fetlock, the forelock, the hocks and the muzzle, the hoof and the rest of the equine's body shape, including its mane, match exactly as depicted in the painting, Dr Cheema said.

"Even Napoleon’s cloak has been shown as worn by Guru Gobind Singh,” he said, adding that the Punjab Government must immediately tender an apology and take action against all those responsible for designing this advertisement and clearing it. The company responsible for the advertisement should also be booked under the law. Besides, the advertisement must be withdrawn.
 

Incidentally, an earlier instance of a self-styled dera baba donning an attire similar to the tenth Sikh Master had led to a massive imbroglio and a permanent rift between the Sikh panth and the Sirsa sect. 

The Akal Takht jathedar and other Sikh clergy members have yet to react to the latest instance of sacrilege.

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Most shared Punjab Today articles: 

HOW DHUMAL WAS ASSASSINATED POLITICALLY, BY THE BJP

SUKHBIR IS RIGHT – On 97th anniversary – Panth Khatre Vich Hai. Where does this threat come from?
SHIROMANI AKALI DAL – Abhi to party shuru huyee hai...
MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS IN PUNJAB: How Congress, SAD, AAP have framed issues  
CHAI PAR SUICIDE? Meet Mankar. Sorry, he’s dead. Modi met him, though - for Chai Pe Charcha

1984 - A RIOT OR A GENOCIDE? Controversy explodes in Canada again as Hardeep Puri tweets

PUNJAB VIDHAN SABHA: They are publishing a new book, so please go read an old one

JAANE KYA DIKH JAAYE! Rajasthan, where they write poems hailing Shambu Lal Regar 

'IF NOT VANDE MATARAM, then will you salute Afzal Guru?' 
LAHORE NU SALAAM – LAHORE CHODD AAYA - Prof. Randhir Singh

THE LOOT THAT RAJASTHAN COMMITTED – An insult bigger than Bollywood’s Padmawati! 

TRIBUNE’S HARISH KHARE SHATTERS EDITORIAL SILENCE OVER CARAVAN REPORTAGE  

THE DANGER OF RENAMING A COLLEGE 

ARNAB GOSWAMI WATCHES PADMAWATI, KARNI SENA IS HAPPIEST

DESH CHORR DO – VANDE MATARAM MAN TELLS SIKH LEADER TO LEAVE COUNTRY

DYAL SINGH COLLEGE TO VANDE MATARAM MAHAVIDYALAYA - A DESIGN NEFARIOUS?

HONESTY CERTIFICATE TO MAJITHIA TRIGGERS CRISIS IN TRIBUNE 

THE FINAL HONESTY CERTIFICATE: ISSUED BY THE TRIBUNE

WAS IT MEANT FOR TRUMP? OR US?  – Bush, Obama said this on Diwali 
CHALO, PATAAKE CHALAYEN – CM Amarinder Singh & Parkash Singh Badal Jee
NO TIME TO READ THIS STORY? – That’s OK - Please do not feel guilty 
ELECTION COMMISSION - YOU FAILED TO CONVINCE. TRY AGAIN.

THIS IS WHY ELECTION COMMISSION DID NOT ANNOUNCE GUJARAT POLL DATES – Decoding the mystery 
BJP TO EDUCATE FARMERS ABOUT AGRI & RELIGION LINK – Will tell them Modi did so much 
AYE BHAI, BINA DEKHE CHALO –  Walking with the blind in Chandigarh
BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah
MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame
OPEN SALE AT GNDU – Have Rs 25,000? Get your compartment cleared. Rs 50,000 for two subjects
SUCHA SINGH LANGAH : KAMAAL JAARI HAI... Sucha Singh Langah wins, even in his darkest moments
ABEY TU BAHAR NIKAL, CHOWK MEIN AA   The 10-yard-radius protest
PATIALA, VIA PANCHKULA. HAIL DEMOCRACY!
 Halaat kharaab nahi hone chahiye!
PEHLU KHAN CASE   Will Govt Now Compensate The Magnificent Six? The Nation Needs to Know
MR HOME MINISTER, WILL YOU BE VISITING FAROOQ AHMAD DAR'S HOUSE? 
THE RYAN DEBATE: HOW INDIA MISSED THE GREAT CCTV ANGLE?  Not covered by cctv, so not covered by tv either
POLITICAL ECONOMY OF RETIREMENT AGE ROW   What’s wrong with retirement age policy?
THE GORAKHPUR DEAD SPEAK TO PUNJAB  From Patiala to Gorakhpur, the tale of the dead
WE WILL KILL 40-50 – Haryana BJP, Govt calculated death toll before firing first bullet
RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS – Panchkula says something stinking about its conscience
LET'S KILL PAASH – Dr Sumail Singh Sidhu on the importance of Paash
A DOKLAM IN EVERY FIELD: Farmers not only produce food. They produce peace.
SURGICAL STRIKE YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT: When Indian jawans killed everyone at Pak post
PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: Punjab, more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from modernity

 _______________________________________________________________


Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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BE-ADBI ONCE AGAIN - BLASPHEMY GALORE
PLAYING WITH SIKH SENTIMENTS: Punjab Govt’s ad depicts Tenth Sikh Master astride Napoleon’s horse
23.12.17 - S Pal
PLAYING WITH SIKH SENTIMENTS: Punjab Govt’s ad depicts Tenth Sikh Master astride Napoleon’s horse



HOW DID A HORSE, RIDDEN BY NAPOLEON BONAPARTE in the year 1800, reach the tenth Sikh master, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, whose 350th Birth Anniversary is being celebrated by the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in Punjab?

ONLY CHIEF MINISTER AMRINDER SINGH can answer that question since his is the only other photograph in the huge official advertisements appearing in newspapers that also depict the Saint-Soldier Guru and founder of the Khalsa Panth astride the same horse which Napoleon rode as he ostensibly crossed the Alps in May 1800.

That Amarinder Singh is well versed with horse riding and is a war chronicler and historian is all the more reason why he should have seen that the horse which the great Sikh guru has been depicted riding in the official advertisement has walked straight out of the painting, "Napoleon Crossing the Alps," painted by Jacques-Louis David.
 
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The official advertisement appearing in newspapers depicted the Saint-Soldier Guru and founder of the Khalsa Panth astride the same horse which Napolean rode as he ostensibly crossed the Alps in May 1800.
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Jacques-Louis David, well known as a lackey artist of Napoleon, painted five versions of the same painting but for some inexplicable reason, the Punjab Government chose to steal the third version, also known as the Second Versailles Version, and morphed the painting of the tenth Sikh Guru on it. However, the cloak of the Guru is same as that of the Napolean in the painting, every fold exactly as Jacques-Louis David painted it.

The original painting, an 1802 production, went into storage during the Bourbon Restoration of 1814, but Louis Philippe I, the then King of France ordered that it be re-hung in his newly opened museum at the Palace of Versailles. Till date, the painting hangs in Versailles. 


No one in the top echelons of the government has any inkling why any other Sikh painting or sketch could not have been used. The faux pas is all the more glaring, considering that the Chief Minister has a full-fledged Media Advisor who is a former senior journalist with years of experience in Punjab, covering the state's socio-religious domain, including umpteen key centenaries and anniversaries. No official advertisement is cleared without a nod from the CMO.

From the reins of the horse, to its forelegs in the air, the hindlegs all reared up, the figure riding the horse wreathed in the folds of a large cloak which billows in the wind, and the left hand gripping the reins of the steed, its distinctive mane and the tail whipped against its body by the same wind that inflates Napoleon's cloak — every single detail in the painting of Napoleon and in the Punjab Government's advertisement depicting Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji is the same.

Even the rock at the bottom left of the painting is the same. It is a small mercy that the plagiarised advertisement does not show the word BONAPARTE engraved on the rock in the original painting, but whosoever morphed the picture of the Guru on the painting did not realise that the breastplate yoke of the horse in the painting was used by the artist to sign the painting. It is not clearly visible in the advertisement, but is very much there. The distinctive darker portion of the neck of the horse is also same in both.
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David’s painting of the horse has been criticised heavily by art critics down the line for its stiff and lifeless portrayal of the horse and is cited as a proof of the painter’s ineptness at capturing movement. That such a painting was used to depict a stallion upon which rode the founder of the Khalsa Panth says something about those who cleared this advertisement and then did not react for days.
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That such a sacrilegious depiction of the Sikh Guru was allowed to happen over days when Sikh masses are still seething with anger over the unsolved cases of be-adbi of the holy Sikh scriptures is likely to give the Akali Dal a handle to beat the government with.
 
 


HOW DID PUNJAB TODAY CATCH THIS CASE OF BLATANT PLAGIARISM AND SACRILEGE?

It was possibly the utter misfortune of whosoever cleared the advertisement that Punjab Today chanced upon this blatant disregard for the religious sentiments of the Sikh community, and BBC had a role to play in it. 

Ever since this advertisement first appeared in The Tribune on December 20, something about the horse had been disturbing this writer. Surely, I had not thought that anyone would dare to plagiarise some European painting but then something was not right about the horse. I had a nagging feeling that I have seen it somewhere. 

On Saturday, as I was surfing channels, I chanced across BBC World running a long documentary, titled, "Private Life of A Masterpiece: The Adoration of the Christ Child by Filippo Lippi". A few minutes of the documentary had already lapsed but I decided to stick with it. Painted about ten years before the advent of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, I have always been interested in the painting since it is well known that Hitler had ordered it to be hidden in WW2 and the U.S. Army refused to obey orders because of this painting and there was an actual mutiny on account of the painting. (It is the only known instance during WWII when American officers refused to carry out an order.)

I was engrossed in the documentary when suddenly the "Napoleon Crossing the Alps" popped on the screen. (Please watch the little video clip from the BBC Documentary that I made with the help of my cell phone.)


My worst fears were confirmed. The lazy photoshop wizard who depicted the tenth Sikh Master astride a horse had plagiarised this propaganda depiction of Napoleon.

It is up to the Sikh community whether it wants to make its peace with such depictions, but it surely hurts, and hurts very deep. 

Post Script:

It is a sad fact but needs to be pointed out that Napoleon did not even cross the Alps on a horse. It was the painter, a propagandist to the core, who wanted to depict his master in an equestrian scene. The fact is that Bonaparte went across the Alps a few days later, following his troops, and had actually ridden a mule. 

The painting of the horse has been actually criticised heavily by art critics down the line for its stiff and lifeless portrayal of the horse and is cited as a proof of David’s ineptness at capturing movement. That such a painting was used to depict a stallion upon which rode the founder of the Khalsa Panth says something about those who cleared this advertisement and then did not react for days.

Considering the fact that it is such a well known painting that thousands of students of art recognise in Punjab, one only wonders at the gall involved in this thievery, that too, when such a momentous day connected with one of the world’s top religious figures was involved.
 

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Comment by: balvinder

Before raising any such controversy try and find which mortal model Sobha Singh used as reference figure, like all artists use, to portray Sikh gurus!

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