June 30, 2012 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar (June 30, 2012): Lashing out at veteran commentator Kuldip Nayar for leveling wild allegations against the Sikh institutions and leadership, the Dal Khalsa termed it nothing but a bundle of insinuations and innuendo resting on the biased, bigotry thinking of the Punjabi lobby in Delhi.
While contesting the anti-memorial arguments of Nayar, Party spokesperson Kanwar Pal said this ‘Vatican of the Sikhs’ was not “polluted” with the blood of the martyrs, but purified and venerated.
By quoting Lt. Gen. (retd) Kuldip Brar who led the blasphemous attack on Darbar Sahib, Nayar has added insult to injury. “Neither this Kuldip nor the other can fathom the deep respect Sikhs have for martyrs for the cause of Sikhism”.
Taking a dig at Nayar for recommending the Indian government to scrap the Sikh Gurdwara Act and the SGPC born out of it, the Dal Khalsa leader asked him to return the honour and purse, he got it from this institution (read SGPC) which “mixes religion and politics” on 2nd July 2006. “I am sure the SGPC will gladly accept it back, as they can easily see that they made a mistake in the past by honouring Nayar”.
Urging the Akalis to respond, he said Nayar wants to teach Badals religion and politics, secularism, constitutional working with a call to its ally BJP to throw the gauntlet and destabilise the present Punjab government. Whether Akalis want to learn from him or teach him statecraft will be watched closely by their group, he said.
He took exception that Nayar has termed filing of a clemency petition for Balwant Singh Rajoana before the President of India by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal a “horrifying act”.
“Can we ask why is the filing of a clemency plea for anyone unpatriotic and not a humane gesture? Why no horror struck this country, when Ms. Jayalalitha, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the Tamil Nadu legislature passed a resolution on clemency for LTTE members Perarivalan, Santhan and Murugan?