All India Sikh Students Federation

All India Sikh Students Federation

All India Sikh Students Federation

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The Sikh Students Federation, formerly the All India Sikh Students Federation, is a Sikh students' union and political organisation in India. Although largely political in its activities, the organisation also seeks to promote the values and heritage of Sikhism.

After Operation Bluestar in June 1984, the organization removed the words "All India" from its name. Since then it is known as Sikh Students Federation (SSF).

History

Before the federation came into being, Sikh youths were organized into local Bhujangi Sabhas in schools and colleges across the Punjab region that promoted Sikh values, heritage and social service. The actual origin of the Sikh Student Federation can be traced back to "Khalsa clubs" established in 1888. The club came to be known as the Sikh Youngmens' Association, whose first president was Bhai Harnam Singh. Although small in size and activity, the association published the Khalsa Youngmens' Magazine and sponsored work on religious and social subjects. Sikh youths were an integral part of organizations such as the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, Shiromani Akali Dal and the All India Students Federation.

Foundation

The All India Sikh Students Federation was formed as a students' organisation independent and committed to the political representation of Sikhs. The motivation for a distinct organisation for Sikhs came from the heightening communal and political tensions between the Hindu and Muslim...
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