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ਐਤਵਾਰ, 12 ਫਰਵਰੀ 2006 ਨੂੰ ਬਰਨਾਲਾ ਵਿਖੇ ਡੇਰਾ ਸੱਚਾ ਸੌਦਾ ਦੇ ਹਜੂਰ ਮਹਾਰਾਜ ਸੰਤ ਗੁਰਮੀਤ ਰਾਮ ਰਹੀਮ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ ਸਵੇਰੇ 10.30 ਵਜੇ ਤੋਂ ਦੁਪਹਿਰ 1.00 ਵਜੇ ਤੱਕ ਰੁਹਾਨੀ ਸਤਿਸੰਗ ਕਰਨਗੇ ਇਸ ਸਤਿਸੰਗ ਦੌਰਾਨ ਮੈਥੱਡ ਆਫ ਮੈਡੀਟੇਸ਼ਨ ਬਾਰੇ ਵੀ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਦਿੱਤੀ  ਜਾਵੇਗੀ

  His Excellency the Governor Sardar Surjit Singh Barnala

Bio-Data of Sri Surjit Singh Barnala


His Excellency the Governor of Andhra Pradesh


Sardar Surjit Singh Barnala was born on 21st October, 1925 at Ateli Beghpur now in District Mohindergarh in Haryana.His father was a Magistrate. His father passed away when he was only nine years age.  Sri Surjit Singh Barnala had to struggle hard for acquiring education.  After matriculation he went to Lucknow for higher studies and passed Law from Lucknow University in 1946.During his stay at Lucknow he participated in Quit India Movement in 1942, received lathi blows from the police and was arrested.  He started practicing Law in District Court at Barnala and in 1967, was elected as MLA from Barnala Assembly constituency and represented the constituency till 1999.In 1969, he became Education Minister of Punjab.During his tenure, he was instrumental in establishing Guru Nanak Dev University at Amritsar.In 1977 he was elected as M.P. and was inducted as Cabinet Minister in Janta Party's Government headed by Morarji Desai with Agriculture, Food, Irrigation and Rural Development as his portfolios.When he was elected to the Parliament, Barnala Assembly constituency seat fell vacant and was contested by his wife Mrs.Surjit Kaur who won with a large margin.  During Emergency, he was kept in Solitary confinement for a long time.  He went to jail nine times for various political agitations and spent in all, three and a half years in Jail.In 1985 he was elected President of Shiromani Akali Dal after the assassination of Sant Longowal.Under his leadership Akali Dal had a landslide victory in Assembly Elections and he became Chief Minister of Punjab in 1985.He managed the affairs of the State very well in spite of there being terrorism at its peak in those days.He stood like a rock against terrorism and became the prime target of terrorists.  He faced them boldly when other politicians in the State had succumbed to their threats.In 1990 he was appointed as Governor of Tamil Nadu, but due to some differences with the Central Government he resigned after about a year.  He was elected to Lok Sabha in 1996 and again 1998 and was appointed as Cabinet Minister with Chemical and Fertilisers and Food and Civil Supplies Portfolios.He was the first Governor of Uttaranchal States.


He has travelled widely and has represented India in the United Nations, F.A.O., S.A.R.C. and other international organisations.  Mountains are of special interest to him.  He has extensively travelled through the mountains in India and also the Alp in Europe and American and Canadian Mountains.  A nature lover, he is fond of painting, reading and writing.  He has painted scores of paintings mainly during the jail stints and an exhibition of his paintings was held in 1998 in the Art Gallery of Patiala University.He has also authored a book entitled "Story of an escape" which was published by Penguine.It has been translated into Punjabi and is also being translated in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.  He assumed the office of the governor of Andhra Pradesh on January 3, 2003.  


Important speeches of Mr Barnala,0015002500000005.htm

When Barnala was taken for a terrorist

HT Correspondent

Lucknow, February 13

COPS AT the Qaiserbagh police station still do not know who was that Sikh man whom they held one dark night in 1994 from one of the bylanes of the state capital. When they held him, they thought that he was a terrorist. They interrogated him but later set him free as they were convinced that the old man was not a terrorist.

After 12 long years, Governor of Tamil Nadu Surjit Singh Barnala disclosed that the old Sardarji was none other than himself. He said that the police could not identify him as he had altered his appearance. He did it to visit the place of his childhood and youth without being identified.

The Governor has mentioned this incident in his book ‘Quest for Freedom: Story of an Escape’.

The Governor narrated this incident during a visit to Lucknow Christian College, his alma mater, from where he did his intermediate during 1940-42. According to him, in 1994 he undertook a mission to visit all those places where he spent his childhood. It was in this chain that he visited Lucknow where the police held him captive for a few hours.

Recalling the good old days of the past, Barnala said that in the 1940s, LCC was one of the best colleges in the city. “I lived in Charbagh and walked all the way to college. In the process I developed as a good athlete and took part in brisk walking competitions and even participated in national level events,” he said.

The Governor recalled that after completing intermediate from LCC, he took admission in Lucknow University for graduation in 1942. In those days, the city was a known centre of the freedom struggle. “Barring Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, all top political leaders visited the campus and inspired the students to participate in the Quit India Movement.”

“The students were so inspired that once they planned to take out a procession to hand over a memorandum to the Governor. But no sooner than the procession reached the monkey bridge, the police canecharged the students and even opened fire to disperse them. Those who were injured were ferried to the other side of the river. But here too the police intercepted them,” he recalled.

Despite this, the  students were determined to register their protest against police atrocities. Once, about 600 of them converged at Hazratganj crossing and headed towards the Raj Bhawan. Here too the  police intercepted them and beat them, he recalled.

The Governor stated that he stayed in the city for about six years and the stay was quite eventful for him.

During his visit to LCC, the Governor urged the students to concentrate on their studies if they wanted to make it big in life. “If one is determined to rise, there is no stopping him,” he said.

Those who were present on the occasion included principal BP Masih, manager of the college Bishop SR Thomas, LU executive council member Naresh Chandra and LUACTA president Moulendu.,,    Updated on : 19 Feb 2006