SATJUG-MOUTHPIECE OF NAMDHARI SIKHS AND THEIR ROLE IN INDIA’S FREEDOM STRUGGLE

With the blessings of Satguru Partap Singh Ji and direct supervision of Maharaj Gurdial Singh Ji, SATJUG Weekly started its publication from Lahore and its first issue dated 26.5.1920 was presented to Satguru Partap Singh Ji.

SATJUG was started with the sole aim to inspire and illuminate the minds of fellow countrymen to throw out the Britishers from the Indian soil. Since then, SATJUG has come a long way.This was the period when the Britishers had unleashed a reign of terror amongst the general public. No one dared to speak against the British rule. At that time SATJUG became the mouthpiece of freedom fighters, down trodden and the oppressed. When nobody even thought of speaking against the tyranny of the Britishers, SATJUG in its columns took up the challenge of awakening the Indians to strive for liberation of the country from the clutches of foreign repressors.

SATJUG in particular and Namdhari Sikhs in general paid the price for speaking against the brutalities of the Britishers. Many a times, SATJUG was banned, special issues of SATJUG were confiscated, printing presses seized and criminal cases were filed against the editors. But it did not deter the spirit of freedom of Namdhari Sikhs. They valiantly defied all the odds and kept the flame of liberty burning until India achieved the independence from the Britishers.

During its publication , SATJUG carried very important news items/ articles in its pages like birth of Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji, Lahore Congress Session, Mahatma Gandhi and non-cooperation movement, messages of eminent personalities like Neta Ji Subhash Chandra Bose, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, conferring of Gopal Rattan to Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji and many more.

After Satguru Partap Singh Ji left for his heavenly abode in 1959, Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji showered his divine blessings on SATJUG and nurtured it. From 1992 its publication started from New Delhi. Many memorable special issues have been published by the SATJUG Weekly during its journey which will complete 100 years in 2020.

SATJUG is now online for its readers. Suggestions/ feedback of our valuable readers, well wishers are always welcome.