Amritsar/ Chandigarh: The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar has launched ad-war against organizers of November 10 Sarbat Khalsa. In an advertisement published under the name of the SGPC in various newspapers today it is said that the call to organize Sarbat Khalsa on November 10 was allegedly an attempt to destroy the tenets of the Akal Takhat Shaib.
An image of damaged building of the Akal Takhat Sahib (after 6 June 1984 Indian Army attack) is used in the advertisement. The SGPC has raised seven questions in this advertisement. SGPC has maintained that the call for Sarbat Khalsa was (allegedly) an attempt to destroy the “heard earn” peace and communal harmony of the Punjab. The ad says that the Sikh nation want answer from organisers of the Sarbat Khalsa for pushing the nation towards the “darkness”.
Who gave Makkar right to spend Golak on ant-Sikh ad campaigns?, asks Mohkam Singh
Reacting to the SGPC ad, Bhai Mohkam Singh of United Akali Dal (UAD) has rejected the allegations. He said that the SGPC had indulged in similar ad-campaign to justify the (so-called) pardon to the Dera Sauda Sirsa chief, whereas the decision was rejected by the whole panth and even Jathedars later-on admitted to their fault and declared to withdraw their decision.
UAD chief said that Avtar Singh Makkar should first explain that why the SGPC spent Guru’s Golak on ads in support of pardon to dera chief?
“Has Avtar Singh Makkar added back the money spent form Guru’s Golak on ads supporting pardon to dera chief? If not he should explain it to the Panth that who gave him right to use Sangat’s daswandh for supporting anti-Sikh deras?”, said Bhai Mohkam Singh.
Responding to a query related to the SGPC’s claim that those calling the Sarbat Kahlsa were rejected by the people during last SGPC elections, Mohkam Singh said that Makkar should first explain that what was the present status of the SGPC?
“The SGPC is presently under suspension and only a 15 member committee is appointed as care-taker by the Supreme Court of India, so Avtar Singh Makkar should explain their position of SGPC before raising such questions”, said Mohkam Singh.
Ads do to reflect SGPC’s view-point: SGPC Executive Committee Members
While talking to the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) SGPC’s executive members Sukhdev Singh Bhaur and Karnail Singh Panjoli said that the contents of the advertisement were not discussed in the executive committee. Sukhdev Singh Bhaur said that the SGPC would be asked to explain the contents of these ads as well as the money spent on these campaigns.
AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—A press conference held by the appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh has stated that nobody holds any right to call Sarbat Khalsa (summons of all Sikh leaders), besides him.
Given the diminished faith in his ability to be a Jathedar, the announcements today will likely hold little weight.
After Sikh preachers and public speakers have all but numbered the days the current Jathedars have left, the SGPC and Shiromani Akali Dal appear to making efforts to scupper and downplay the authority of holding a ‘Sarbat Khalsa’, to be held at Gurdwara Baba Nodh Singh Ji on November 10.
Citing history, Giani Gurbachan Singh added that ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ is meant for the congregation of Sikhs on the call of Akal Takht Jathedar only.
He also stated that ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ can’t be called outside of Sri Darbar Sahib. The SGPC chief, Avtar Makkar, recently refused permission for the gathering on Darbar Sahib premises.
He alleged that some leaders are hungry to earn political mileage by misusing the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ term. He added that these self styled leaders are deteriorating the institution of the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ calling.
Giani Gurbachan Singh announced that a congregation of all Sikh bodies will be called after ‘Bandi Chhor’ (Diwali) to deliberate upon the stymie situations in front of Sikh panth (nation). Terming the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ as unfair, he stated that an emergency meeting of Five Jathedar would be called to take action against self styled leaders who called ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ with the intention of bifurcating the Sikh panth further.
Laying blame with the administration and intelligence agencies as being responsible for the desecration incidents across Punjab, he appealed to Sikh masses to remain aware of the mischievous elements attempting to disturb social harmony to earn political mileage.
The retort by the Jathedar who appears to have lost all legitimacy and trust, given the public outcry over the last few weeks across the board, is likely to be lambasted by Sikhs domestically and further afield.
via Sikh 24