January 4, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh/ Punjab (January 04, 2013): As per certain media reports the struggle for rebuilding the historic Gurdwara Gian Godri Sahib at Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar may get a fresh impetus as a 57-year-old resident of ‘Chitti Kothi’, Ibrahampur village of Haridwar, has decided to sit on fast-unto-death if the Uttarakhand government does not hand over the shrine to Sikhs by January 7, 2014 – which marks the Parkash Gurpurb of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
According to Times of India (TOI): Joga Singh, a farmer from Ibrahampur village, said that Sikhs had struggled for years for reconstruction of Gurdwara Gian Godri.
“In 1978, a wall of the gurdwara had caved in during the construction of a bridge at Har Ki Paur, and the shrine was demolished during the 1984 anti-Sikh carnage” he reportedly said.
“The site now has shops and an office of Bharat Scouts and Guides” TOI news report adds.
According to Joga Singh, not only Sikhs, but even Hindus, Muslims and various other sects, including Nirmalas, Udasis and a leader of local saints, were supporting him in the religious cause.
“My whole family lives in these villages. We are five brothers and I am a farmer. I will sit on fast for the reconstruction of the gurdwara till my last breath,” he said.
Meanwhile, All India Sikh Conference (AISC) president Gurcharan Singh Babbar reportedly informed TOI reporter that they had launched an international campaign for the reconstruction of the gurdwara.
“We are distributing pamphlets in Delhi and sending online messages across the globe, urging the Akal Takht jathedar to immediately direct Punjab government to intervene and rebuild the Gurdwara Gian Godri Sahib,” he said.
Gurcharan Singh said that they would move towards the Gurdwara from Paonta Sahib on January 7 morning to take possession of the shrine.
He said, the AISC had appealed to leaders of all religious groups to extend support to the cause.
It may be recalled that Gurdwara Gian Godri Sahib was build in the memory of Guru Nanak Sahib’s visit to Haridwara where he had rejected the superstitious beliefs of Brahminism.
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