Baldev singh MannEdit
She wants to fight dark forces
16-yr-old to fulfil papa’s dreams
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, September 14
Barely 16 days after writing an emotional letter to his new-born daughter, Baldev Singh Mann, an editor of ‘Hirawal Dasta’ a mouthpiece of the naxalite movement (CP-ML), was gunned down by Khalistani militants on September 26, 1986, in his native village Channa Bagha near Pakistan border, a few kilometres from here.
Mann’s daughter, Soni, was born in Uttar Pradesh and his letter was delivered through a special messenger there.
The letter sought help from the new-born baby to accomplish the ‘unfulfilled task’ by continuing the fight against ‘dark forces’ in case he was killed. Mann’s words proved prophetic when he killed 2 weeks later.
Soni, who celebrated her 17th birthday recently, pledged to fulfil the task which had remained unaccomplished after her father’s death.
The letter reads, “My daughter, your father is waging a fight against those dark and ugly forces. Supreme sacrifice is and martyrdom is called for in this struggle. I cannot say for certain that I will survive the wrath of those dark forces; that I will be killed, that whatever may happen, my child, you will always have the pride that your father fought against the forces of death and destruction.... If I fail to win this struggle in my life time, then, my daughter, endeavour hard to join the ranks of our fighting people for truth and justice. I do not want you to be a Sikh, a Hindu or a Musalman. Try first and foremost to be an ‘insaan’. Let not these divisions divide your human qualities your human virtues”.
“My dear daughter, you are born at a time when the great land of Punjab is totally divided on communal lines. Some are being killed because they are clean shaven. Others have been burnt alive because they had long hair and beard. In the name of religion, humanity is being crushed and destroyed. In this land today blood of brothers is being spilled and communal carnage instigated even as the miscreants and satans laugh and make merry”.
Parmjit Kaur, widow of Mann, said that her daughter had decided to serve humanity in a way her father wished. She said Soni was brought up in a manner so that she should understand the problems of the suffering humanity. It was after a few days of the Operation Blue Star that Mann got married with Parmjit Kaur. Though he was killed only after two years of the marriage yet Parmjit never got remarried as she wanted to bring up Soni as per the wishes of her husband.
Soni, a student of class X in the Holy Heart Presidency School, said that her mother and principal of the school had been continuous source of inspiration for her for doing social work.
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