January 15, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh, Punjab/India (January 15, 2013): According to media reprots Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member Hardeep Singh on January 14, 2013 criticised the participation of the committee and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in the Kumbh Mela, saying it was against the Sikh tenets.
“The SGPC is participating in the Kumbh Mela not to promote Sikhism but to support Hindutva bodies’ baseless claim that Sikhs were part of the Hindus.
“This participation cannot be seen as a representation of the Sikh community, but only of a political group influenced by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS),” said Hardeep, a former SAD member who was elected as independent candidate for his third SGPC term from Mohali.
According to a news reprot by Hindustan Times (HT) Hardeep Singh addressed a press conference at Chandigarh, and stressed, “I have nothing against any community or its rituals, but the Sikh leadership at the religious as well as political level should keep away from practices that are against our ethos.”
He reportedly added that various Sikh intellectuals and organisations had registered their opposition to the move. “Even members from within the SAD opposed this decision, but they were snubbed.” He said the SGPC “might exhibit certain distorted literature” at its Kumbh exhibition.
But on the other hand SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar has reportedly said the committee would only be holding an exhibition and won’t participate in any ritual. He stressed that the SGPC was “clear in its stand that the Sikhs are a separate community with their own religious entity”.
Previously AISSF led by Karnail Singh Peermohammad had oppsed the SGPC’s decision to participate in Maha Kumb Mela.
In a status update on social networking site Facebook, Journalist Jarnail Singh has also ridiculed the SGPC’s move.
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