Today the Akal Takht Jathedar, Gurbachan Singh, issued a press note stating a U-turn on its decision dated 26th September 2015, to pardon cult leader Ram Rahim. The issuing of the pardon was met with worldwide condemnation and a call for ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ (special assembly of the Khalsa nation) to replace the caretaker of the Sikh’s supreme seat – the Jathedar of the Akal Takht. Gurbachan Singh has proved time and again, to be an ineffective leader and has sold out the Sikh panth to the highest bidder.
Where is the Jathedari of Nawab Kapoor Singh, who in the 1730’s led the Sikhs through one of our darkest periods in history? Nawab Kapoor Singh never forgot he was the SERVANT of the Sikh panth and even though he held the esteemed position of Nawab, he contnued to make Guru ka langar with the rest of the sangat and would himself, muck out the horses stables each day.
Where is the Jathedari of Baba Deep Singh who led by example and was true to his word? Baba Deep Singh gave his head to liberate Sri Harmandir Sahib in the 1750’s.
Where is the Jathedari of Gurdev Singh Kaunke who was a fearless general and stood for truth, justice and freedom, against a barbaric ruler in the 1980’s?
Instead, over the years Gurbachan Singh has made a mockery of the sovereign position of Jathedar and within the space of a fortnight, first he issues and then revokes, a disastrous pardon to a rapist and murderer who is responsible for committing sacrilege against our Sikh Gurus. Today’s press note states the reason for the reversal as, “the intense world-wide opposition to the pardon”. via Sikh Organisation For Prisoners Welfare (SOPW)
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