S. Surjit Singh Barnala honoured with Punjab Today Award

                    Sardar Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister, Govt. of India,  presenting PUNJAB TODAY AWARD 2002                  to Sardar Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor Andhra Pradesh

Sardar Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister Punjab releasing Award Special Issue of Punjab Today

      Senior Akali leader and Andhra Pradesh Governor, Mr. Surjit Singh Barnala has stressed the need to cleanse politics of personal bias and slander.
       Addressing a select gathering on the occasion of bestowal of Punjab Today Award 2002 on him by a Patiala based leading magazine Punjab Today at Patiala on 22nd February,2003 Mr. Barnala deplored mud-slinging during election-campaign and urged the leaders to concentrate on basic issues only. He added that although Andhra Pradesh excels Punjab in fields like information technology but it lags far behind us (Punjabis) in agriculture.
On this occasion, the union minister of chemicals and fertilizers Mr. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa also regretted that politics is no longer value-based or issue-based today. Levelling personal allegations against each other only leads to confusion among the electorate. Mr. Dhindsa described Mr. Barnala as a paragon of value-based politics and urged the leaders to follow his footsteps in electioneering.
     Mr. Parkash Singh Badal released a special issue of Punjab Today on the life and achievements of Mr. Barnala. In his brief yet meaningful address shortly hereafter, Mr. Badal showered full-throated praise on Mr. Barnala, saying that such gems are rarely found in the field of politics today. He threw light on the multi-faceted personality of Mr. Barnala and remembered his long association with Barnala family. Mr. Barnala's life is a lighthouse for the politicians today, he added.
     The former Punjab Finance Minister Capt. Kawaljit Singh also reminisced his decades long familiar association with the family of Mr. Surjit Singh Barnala. He described Mr. Barnala as a very good writer, painter and success statesman.
On this occasion Mr. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa conferred the Punjab Today Award on Mr. Barnala. The award carries a silver plaque and a woollen shawl. The woollen shawl was presented by Mr. Brahm Mohindra, the former Punjab Industries Minister. Maharani Parneet Kaur, M. P. adorned Mrs. Surjit Kaur Barnala with a Phulkari-the symbol of multi-coloured Punjabi culture.
     Among those present on the occasion include prominently Jathedar Tota Singh Former Education Minister, Mr. Baldev Singh Maan, the Former Minister, Dr. Kehar Singh, Chairman, Punjab School Education Board and Dr. Bhagat Singh, the former Vice-chancellor Punjabi University, Patiala.
     Prof. S. Soze an eminent Punjabi fiction-writer, discharged the responsibility of stage secretary successfully.