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MARTYRS’ LIST Can’t confer martyr status on anyone: Pb

May 20, 2018 05:59 AM


Can’t confer martyr status on anyone: Pb


Punjab government cannot confer the status of martyr or “Shaheed” even on India’s national heroes, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. Replying to a demand for publishing an official list of martyrs,

Punjab government claimed that no official recognition can be given to anybody as a “martyr” as Article 18 of the Constitution does not permit conferring of any title by the state. The demand was made by a lawyer who had asked if Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev had been recognized as martyrs.

A letter from the superintendent, general administration department (freedom fighters branch) of the state stated that the government cannot confer any title on any person (except military or academic distinction), in view of their abolition as per Article 18 of the Constitution. The letter also stated that there was no such provision in any instruction issued by the Punjab government to publish an official list of martyrs.

The Punjab government has supported its stand by citing a judgment of Delhi high court in the case titled, Birender Sangwan Vs Union of India and others, decided on December 12, 2017.

Govt assures it gives due respect to martyrs

In the order, the Delhi HC had observed that the request of the petitioner to grant the status of martyr “Shaheed” to legendry national heroes — Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev — did not have any statutory basis. The petition was therefore, dismissed.

The letter has also mentioned that the state government gives due respect to all martyrs, and tributes are paid to martyrs at state-level functions. Many memorials to martyrs have also been raised and there is provision to declare holiday as a tribute to them.

The Punjab government has also referred to a book “Dictionary of Martyrs – India’s Freedom Struggle (1857-1947)” published by “Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi, and suggested that reference be made to the book

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