May 8, 2020 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar: The Akal Takht Sahib has dismissed a complaint against recitation of Zafarnamah by Dr. Satinder Sartaj. The complaint was filed by SGPC’s Dharam Prachar Committee member Ajayab Singh Abhiyasi and Sarchand Singh, a former leader of Sikh Students Federation (Mehta).
“A Sikh researcher was asked to look into the complainants’ concerns, who found on probe that the complaint was baseless”, said Giani Harpreet Singh, acting Jathedar of Akal Takht Sahib.
He said that the Sikh researcher to whom the task of looking into the complaint was assigned submitted his report at Akal Takht Sahib in which he has referred to authentic sources of Zafarnamah. He said that other prominent scholars also expressed their opinion on the issue and dismissed the controversy as unnecessary.
Giani Harpreet Singh said that “Satinder Sartaj has based his recitation on an ancient manuscript where as complainant had referred to transcript by Piara Singh Padam and Bhasha Vibhag”.
“It was found that the complaint was nothing more than an attempt to create an unnecessary controversy, thus it was dismissed”, added he.
Sikh Scholars Appreciate Satinder Sartaj for Zafarnamah Recitation:
Prominent Sikh historian and a scholar of Persian language, Principal Swaran Singh Chuslewar also backed Dr. Satinder Sartaj’s recitation of Zafarnaham. Talking to Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) Principal Swaran Singh said that Dr. Satinder Sartaj has recited Zafarnamah in most used Persian accent in Iran.
He said that instead of creating unnecessary controversy Dr. Satinder Sartaj’s recitation of Zafarnamah must be appreciated and welcomed.
Giani Gurwinder Singh Nangli of Bunga Sarabloh (Nangli) also released a video dismissing unnecessary controversy surrounding recitation of Zafarnamah by Dr. Satinder Sartaj.
Citing historical manuscripts of Zafarnamah, Giani Gurwinder Singh validated Gurmukhi transcription of Zafarnamah used by Satinder Sartaj. Notably Zafarnamah is originally written in Persian language and script.
Giani Gurwinder Singh said that Dr. Satinder Sartaj’s effort must be appreciated and welcomed.
In a letter written to Giani Harpreet Singh, Prof. Anurag Singh also backed Dr. Satinder Sartaj’s recitation of Zafarnamah and urged him to dismiss the concerned raised against unnecessary controversy.
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