BHAI BALWANT SINGH RAJOANA
Balwant Singh was born on 23 August 1967 in Rajoana Kalan village, Ludhiana. Furthermore, Balwant was a former Punjab police officer and had served in this role for numerous years. However, during the years between 1992 to 1995 Balwant witnessed disappearances, killing and cremation of over 25,000 Sikh civilians by the police in India from the method chosen by the Indian government to control the Khalistan separatist movement therefore carried out a action which some described as bravery and the correct method of ‘protecting the community’. Moreover, Balwant made a close alliance with former police officer Dilawar Singh Babbar who sacrificed his life by attaching a bomb to his body to kill Beant Singh (former Chief Minister of India) who was responsible for large volumes of deaths of innocent Sikhs. Furthermore. Balwant made an agreement to be a backup human bomb if Dilawar was to fail the mission. Following the death of Beant Singh, Balwant openly confessed his involvement with the assassination and was sentenced to jail.
However, on the 31st March 2012, over 15 years served in jail Balwant Singh was sentenced to be executed by a special CBI court. Following the announcement there were waves of anger across the Sikh community from the elders to the youth. As a result protests took place nationally where thousands took to the roads demanding stay for Balwant Singh Rajoana‘s execution.
Bhai Balwant Singh is a iconic figure to the Sikh panth; showing bravery and paving a path for the youth to follow. It is clear to say Rajoana woke up the Sikh kaum (community) alerting every individual of the injustices and connecting all back to the teaches of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
BALWANT SINGH ARTWORK
In appreciation of Bhai Balwant Singh‘s sacrifices I have sewn a portrait cushion cover. The cushion cover shows Balwant Singh with a orange dastaar which I have detailed with two shades of orange seed beads. To add, a orange frill edging of the cushion cover was chosen to represent Rajoana’s ‘I pledge orange’ movement. Overall this was a lengthy project taking 2 weeks to complete. The cushion cover required both hand stitching and machine work.
Here is the final cushion cover of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana: