January 10, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Nawanshahr, Punjab (January 10, 2014): In view of the internecine clash at Takht Patna Sahib and subsequent suspension of jathedar Giani Iqbal Singh, the Dal Khalsa said in an effort to avoid such shameful and regrettable incidents, the Sikh community must evolve a code of conduct for the exalted offices of heads of all five Takht’s.
The party head H S Dhami, who was in town to attend some social function, said while talking to select media persons that the incident that occurred at Patna Sahib has portrayed the image of the Sikhs in poor light. He said time and again unsavoury situation arises because there were no set rules and procedures regarding the appointment, removal, working sphere and jurisdiction of heads of these temporal institutions.
He said the SGPC has always shrugged off from this demand to keep the post of Jathedar under its tight control for vested interests. Dhami went on to the extent in saying that the incumbents use and misuse the authority vested in them, the political leadership manouvres the religious heads as per the exigency of the situation.
He urged the present Jathedar Gaini Gurbachan Singh to set the process in motion to build norms and rules for Jathedars’ post in association with executive committee’s governing and managing affairs of SGPC, DSGMC, Takht Hazoor Sahib and Takht Patna sahib.
He said the ruckus created on the solemn occasion of Gurpurab at Patna Sahib was a reminder to the community to “put their own house in order”, in order to save its religious institutions from further decline.
He reminded that his group organized a series of seminars to discuss and deliberate on this sensitive issue in the past. Dhami said the jathedar should be independent of all kinds of political and administrative pressures and manipulations. He suggested that the jathedar should be independent of any pecuniary authority.
Commenting on the hue and cry being raised over the suspension of Patna Sahib jathedar Gaini Iqbal Singh, he blamed SGPC for setting wrong precedent by sacking Akal Takht jathedar in a “humiliating” manner not once but thrice in the recent past.
Commenting on controversy surrounding global drug racket, he said CM Parkash Singh Badal should break his silence and order judicial probe to restore people’s confidence in his government. “Unfortunately, the politics of Punjab has been confined to this one particular demand (read probe), to which the chief minister is deliberately ignoring”. He said the minister in dock was using the services of the Punjab DGP to get clean chit for him, which was not only ridiculous but unethical.
Prabhjot Singh and Paramjit Singh an office bearers of ‘Sikh Youth of Punjab’ were also present.