Chandigarh, 11 Aug (2020)
Sikh intellectuals today condemned an Amritsar-based Satkar Committee for forcibly removing of ‘Bir’ (copy of Sikh scripture) from the residence of a retired Khalsa College principal yesterday saying that it was not religious but an intolerant Brahmanic priestly act. Of late, the Sikh society has increasingly been influenced by the ‘sacred and profane’ syndrome deliberately pedaled by State-patronized Dera heads who have outwardly been flaunting their vegetarian religiosity to impress the followers.
Ignoring the request of 78-year-old Jaswant Singh Sandhu, the Committee activists took away the Bir from his residence at village Bassi Jalal in Hoshiarpur district accusing the retired principal of eating eggs and meat.
There is nothing irreligious in eating eggs and meat as the Sikh Panth approved ‘rehat maryada’ (code of conduct) evolved through 14-long year debates and discussions among Sikh intellectuals forbids eating of ‘halal’ meat only and nothing else. Gurbani (Sikh scripture) does not subscribe to Brahmanwaadi/ Hindu priestly approach of futilely confer ‘sacred’ status on vegetarians and dubbing non-vegetarians as polluted ones.
The intolerant and aggressive behavior of the Satkar Committees damaging the Sikh Panth more nationally and internationally as they are enforcing an inward fight within the Sikh society which, in turn, would obstruct the entry of new faithful into the Sikh fold. They should desist from forcibly imposing that self-conceived ‘rehat maryada’ as the anti-Sikh forces are active to divide the Sikh Panth on such flimsy issues.
As reported in the media, retired principal Sandhu is an amrtidhari Sikh since 1976 and since then he has been keeping the Bir at his residence. Not only he is a practicing Sikh but also writing articles about the Sikh philosophy in magazines/ journals. He has every right to differ with the Committee’s perception of ‘rehat maryada’ until he indulges in any blasphemy act.
We appeal to the Akal Takht to come forward to decide such a delicate issue before the situation turns chaotic and ugly.
The statement jointly signed by: Gurtej Singh IAS, Sukhdev Singh Journalist, Jaspal Singh Sidhu Journalist, Gurbachan Singh, editor Des Punjab, Bhinder Singh (GM Industry), Dr. Kuldip Singh Surgeon Patiala, Rajinder Singh (Khalsa Panchayat) , Ajaypal Singh Brar (author ), Prof Manjit Singh and Gurpreet Singh , president Global Sikh Council.
Issued by Khushhal Singh, General Secretary Kendri Singh Sabha 9316107093
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