December 5, 2011 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar, Punjab (Decmber 05, 2011): Despite stong opposition from a large section of the Sikh nation, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has been honoured with title “Panth Rattan – Fakhar-A-Qaum” award by the Jathedar of Sri Akal Takhat Sahib, Amritsar and others today at Amritsar. Jathedar (Chief) of Sri Akal Takhat Sahib Giani Gurbachan Singh, who is appointed by Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC), controlled by Badal Dal, presented the award to Chief Minister in the Golden Temple complex in the presence of Chiefs (Panj Singh Sehban) of all the Takhats.
“Bhog ceremony of Sri Guru Granth Sahib was performed before presenting the award. Presenting the award Akal Takhat Jathedar said this award is being presented to Parkash Singh Badal for his services to the state especially to the Sikhs. He had announced this award at Sri Anandpur Sahib last month, the day on which Virasat-e-Khalsa complex was dedicated to mankind” highlights All India Radio (AIR), owned by Parsar Bharti, a Government of India (GOI) organ, on it’s website.
Akal Takhat Chief said that Punjab Chief Minister has rendered a “great service” to the Sikhs by setting up memorials in the memory of martyrs of Sikh history.
It is notable that now days Sri Akal Takhat Sahib, Sovereign Sikh Takhat, is under unfortunate control of the Indian State through SGPC, a body “elected” through an election process conducted under the directions of Home ministry of India.
While registering it’s opposition various Sikh organizations have issued statements, today. Dal Khalsa leader Kanwar Pal Singh, in one such statement, said: the Jathedar of Akal Takht Gaini Gurbachan Singh has today written a black chapter in the history of supreme temporal seat ‘Akal Takht’ by honouring a person with “Panth Rattan Faqr-e-quam’ title who is neither dutiful nor faithful to the Panth.
Sikh Youth of America has published a full page letter in Punjabi Daily “Pehredar” and explained in detail that why it was opposed the move. “Such a step would diminish the sovereignity of Sri Akal Takhat Sahib”, Gurinderjeet Singh Maana, told Sikh Siyasat Network.
SSF President Parmjeet Singh Gazi said: “bestowing Panth Rattan on Parkash Singh Badal is a step that could be equated with honouring General Dyre from Akal Takhat or ousting of Giani Gurmukh Singh from Sikh Panth”.
“As the Sikhs never accepted both decisions of those who had then encroached over the power seats, the Sikh Nation will never accept this step, of honoring PS Badal, by those who are currently sitting upon the seats of power” he added.
Perturbed over the move, he said SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar and Gaini Gurbachan Singh have surpassed all records of sycophancy to appease their political master, said Harchanjit Singh Dhaami, President of Dal Khalsa.
After killing the letter and spirit of the Nanakshahi calendar by mixing it with Bikrami calendar, the duo Makkar and Jathedar Gubachan Singh had again played havoc with the community by honouring Parkash Singh Badal, whose entire political life is mired in controversies, scams and corruption, he added.
Those former jathedar’s who have deliberately denigrated this supreme seat which symbolizes Sikh Sovereignty have become victims of their own actions, he said and added that history will not spare Gaini Gurbachan Singh for taking this supreme institution to such a low level.
“The present incumbent should remember the fate of his predecessors who got deviated from their role and responsibility to protect and uphold the rich traditions of Akal Takht”, said Dal Khalsa leader.
Jathedar Gurbachan Singh owe explanation now to Sikh Panth whether recipient of such a high honour should go to the people begging for votes or himself contest elections for the office which is much lower than the honoured bestowed on him from the highest seat.
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