March 16, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Hoshiarpur: The pro-freedom party of the Sikhs, Dal Khalsa while sticking to the original version of Nanakshahi calendar adopted in 2003, released the copy of current year Samat 550. Its still a burning issue for the Sikhs as majority of Sikh institutions like SGPC, DSGMC and others adopted the Bikrami Calendar.
Sikh Panth adopted its own Nanakshahi calendar on March 14, 2003 under the aegis of Shri Akal Takhat Sahib. After seven years, the Badal Akali Dal led by Badals forced Shri Akal Takhat Sahib’s SGPC backed Jathedar and SGPC itself to do amendments to appease Sant Samaj. Going further, in 2014, the calendar was reverted back to Bikrami and presently it is Nanakshahi by name only.
Terming SGPC as second fiddle of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), the Dal Khalsa on Thursday criticized its successive heads for misleading the Sikh Diaspora on the issue of calendar and creating divisions among the Sikhs and that too to appease Sant Samaj.
Party leaders headed by H S Dhami released the copy at a function held to pay its glowing tributes to Sikh warrior of yesteryear Baba Baghel Singh, who is credited with the unfurling of Sikh Flag (Nishan Sahib) atop the Red Fort in 1783. Sikh scholar Dr Sukhpreet Singh Udhoke was also present during the release ceremony.
Dal Khalsa calendar carries its party slogan of Free Punjab from India.
Furthermore, party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said the Nanakshahi Calendar was an identity marker for the Sikh community and the changes have killed the spirit of the almanac. He said these so-called changes in the Calendar have diluted the uniqueness of the Sikh almanac.
To commemorate the historic event popularly called as “Fateh Divas”, a convention was held aiming to ignite the spirit of Sikh Sovereignty in the present generation and to connect them with their historical and cultural roots”, he said.
Dal Khalsa ex-head H S Dhami while addressing the gathering explained the concept of Khalsa Raaj and ureged the youth to remain attached with their roots. He talked of unfinished agenda of Punjab’s Sovereignty to ensure safety and respect for all its citizens irrespective of religion.
SYP head Paramjit Singh Mand said the interests of Sikhs and Punjab were the sole concern of Baba Baghel Singh, while the focus of the present Sikh leadership was to mint money and enjoy power. We are passing through a critical phase and there was a need to re-strategize our plans to attain the Panthic objectives.
Others present were Sikh scholar Mandhir Singh. Jasbir Singh Khandur, Amrik Singh Issru, Paramjit Singh Tanda. Ranbir Singh, Gurdeep Singh, Gurpreet Singh. Harminder Singh Harmoye, Rajinder Singh, Kulwant Singh Pheruman.
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Related Topics: Bhai Harcharanjit Singh Dhami, Bhai Harpal Singh Cheema, Bhai Paramjit SIngh Tanda, Dal Khalsa, Kanwar Pal Singh Bittu, Nanakshahi Calendar, Punjab Politics, Sant Samaj, SGPC, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal)