In the annals of Sikh history and the expansion of Sikh community to a position of eminence, Chappar Chiri has a special place, and as for courageous Sikh warrior, Banda Singh, he has made a niche for himself in Indian history. This remarkable warrior was instrumental in the establishment of Sikh land.
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The Fateh Burj (English: The Victory Tower) the tallest minar in India situated in the village of Chappar Chiri in the SAS Nagar district, Punjab is a historical monument. It is taller than Qutub Minar (240 feet; built between 1192 and
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1220) in Delhi and is spread over a land of 20 acres. Located near the famous city Mohali, the 328 ft tall tower is dedicated to establishment of the Sikh Misls in a large part of India in 1711. Here, in 1710 the famous Sikh warrior Banda Singh Bahadur won a decisive battle against Wazir Khan, commander of the Mogul army. Wazir Khan was killed at Chappar Chiri. Under the command of Banda Singh Bahadur, he was encircled by Fateh Singh and Baz Singh. Chappar Chiri villages is along Kharar-Banur Road, now officially named Banda Singh Bahadur Road. As for the Chappar Chiri victory, one historian has described the it to be a “culmination of the Khalsa revolution”. The village drew its name from Fateh Singh, who was a “General” in Banda Singh Bahadur’s Army. Fateh Singh was related to Sukhbir Singh Badal from his mother’s side. Fateh Singh was one of the ancestors of his late mother Surinder Kaur Badal.
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Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday 30 November, 2011 inaugurated 'Fateh Burj' and more than 20,000 soldiers and former Army General J. J. Singh paid homage to the sick warrior. CM Badal said, "Banda Singh Bahadur was a true socialist who abolished the zamindari system and made the tillers and cultivators the actual owners of the land and issued coins and seals in the name of Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Gobind Singh. "More than 90 per cent of the Sikhs are not aware of the heroic deeds in the Sikh history,". After prayer CM CM Badal unveiled the inaugural plague and later the statue of Banda Bahadur and dedicated the 'Fateh Burj' to the nation. The function was attended by senior politicians of Punjab and Central governments, five priests and some members of Sikh clergy.