November 14, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar: Led by Giani Gurbachan Singh, the SGPC backed Jathedars yesterday rejected a proposal by SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar to change the date of Parkash Gurpurab of Guru Gobind Singh Ji this year. Giani Gurbachan Singh, Giani Iqbal Singh, Giani Harpreet Singh, Giani Raghbir Singh and Giani Raghbri Singh (Head Granthi of Darbar Sahib) said that the Parkash Gurpurab would be observed on December 25 in accordance with amended (Bikrami) version of Nanakshahi Calendar.
Actually the Parkash Gurpurab this years falls between the days of Shaheedi Sabha of Vadde and Chhote Sahibzade thus various Sikh organizations were of the view that the date of Parkash Gurpurab be changed to January 5, as it was fixed so in the original Nanakshahi calendar.
In another decision, the SGPC backed Jathedars have asked Sikh Pracharak Bhai Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale to submit CDs of his speeches and prachar in which he allegedly passed certain comments about Amrit Vela, Sarovars and other subjects. The decision came in wake of a complaint field by Sant Samaj against Bhai Ranjit Sindh Dhadrianwale.
Meanwhile, Sikh organisation Dal Khalsa has issued a statement criticising the continuation of “rejected” Jathedars. The Sikh body has also announced to disapprove the decision taken by Giani Gurbachan Singh and others. The Sikh group maintained that Giani Gurbachan Singh was rejected as Jathedar by the Sikh Panth after he, along with others, had announced unilateral pardon to Dera Sauda Sirsa chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.
WITH INPUTS of NARINDERPAL SINGH from AMRITSAR.