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Scholars, Sikh groups differ from SAD (Mann), UAD on 10 Nov. Sarbar Khalsa

October 30, 2015 | By

Chandigarh: Certain Sikh organisations and scholars have expressed reservations on call for Sarbar Khalsa by the United Akali Dal (UAD) and Shiromani AKali Dal Amritsar (Mann). Representatives of the Sikh bodies along with various Sikh scholars have urged Bhai Mohkam Singh of the UAD, Simranjeet Singh Mann of SAD (Mann) and other leaders that the congregation proposed to be held on November 10 in Amritsar should not be named “Sarbat Khalsa”.

They suggested that the gathering should be named as “Panthic convention” instead.

As per information a meeting was held at Kendri Sri Guru Singh Sabha office yesterday where the scholars passed a resolution telling the organisers of the “Sarbat Khalsa” that there was a tradition, code of conduct and philosophy under which such a congregation (Sarbat Khalsa) is held. The congregation to be held in Amritsar on November 10 could not be called “Sarbat Khalsa” as it had been scheduled without following the procedure and tradition, they stated.

A part of screenshot from Sarbat Khalsa 2015 Website.

A part of screenshot from Sarbat Khalsa 2015 Website. | Image used for representational purpose only

They, however, admitted that there is need to revive the Sikh institution of the Sarbat Khalsa but said that the organizations calling for the Sarbar Khalsa on November 10 have not followed the protocol to call the Sarbat Khalsa.

Among the scholars were Giani Kewal Singh, Bhai Ashok Singh Bagarian, Navkiran Singh, Prof Gurdarshan Singh Dhillon, Harsimran Singh, Karamjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh and representatives of political organisations including Harpal Singh Cheema and Satnam Singh Panota Sahib. Representatives of Institute of Sikh Studies, International Sikh Confederation, Sikh Missionary College (Ludhiana), Sikh Youth of Punjab and Khalsa Panchayat were also present at the meeting.

While talking to the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) Prof. Gurdarshan Singh Dhillon said as per Sikh tenets, first issues were framed for Sarbat Khalsa and then opinion of different sections of the Sikh panth were sought on those issues. Then that issue was clinched at Sarbat Khalsa

He said a decision had been taken to set up a committee to prepare the framework for laying down the procedure, rules and regulations to convene “Sarbat Khalsa”. The committee would meet Sikh organisations all over the world to prepare the draft of the report.

It has come to the knowledge of the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) some Sikh sections, including some diaspora sections, are engaged in the activity to make consensus amongst various sections of the Sikh panth to organize a “Global Sarbat Khalsa”.

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