Honestly if this stops the disgraceful scenes that we saw in 2014 and a few years later when videos of Sikhs fighting each other with kirpans and knocking of dastars are avoided then taking away their kirpans is probably a good thing. What a massive publicity coup the id.iots of Mann Dal and Dal Khalsa and the other paper tigers provided for the Indian govt. This was a occasion when Sikhs should have been solemnly commemorating the murder by the India states of Sikh men, women and children but all the world saw was some hotheads fighting among themselves. Honestly, what would any sensible non-Sikh around the world have thought, would they not think that these Sikhs are just troublemakers and maybe the GOI was right that they had to go in in 1984 to take out terrorists? in the battle for world opinion, those scenes were a massive own goal.
I know that lots of people deride the protests and the candle lit vigils of the west but if you look at twitter recently and how lots of non-Sikhs, even Hindus have been showing support of Sikhs of what we suffered in 1984, this is what gives the GOI sleepless nights, not some hotheads fighting among themselves every year in June.
SGPC was supposedly created to manage sikh religious affairs especially taking care of gurdwara sahibs and giving out sikhi parchar. However what it has become is controlled opposite to the desires and wishes of the Sikh kaum and protocols.
The sri akal takht is the religious spiritual Sikh parliament where Sikhs come together during a convention where the community's panthic committee then collectively elects an akal takht jathedar to be the spokesman and leader of the panth. And now since the 90s sgpc has been electing its own unknown akal takht jathedhar's against Sikhi protocols and wishes of the community. It's obviously been under the control of the indian state because every-time Sikhs elect their own religious leader there's conflict as delhi is unwilling to concede to the political aspirations of the Sikhs since 1947.
So until SGPC isnt disbanded, reformed or something else created in its place as rival and competition to be the authentic voice of the community then this situation will not change.
They are frustrated and hoped the Sikhs would have forgotten 1984 and the whole period 36 years ago already by now. What the indian establishment miscalculated by taking on the Sikhs is that we never forget we add it to our Sikh history as a way to inspire future generations to overcome the enemy who oppressed, attacked and brutalised our people.
The more the hindu extremists and indian media talks about Sikhs in anti-sikh manor and degrades our martyrs as terrorists the more we will celebrate them and fight against their sikhphobia and anti-sikh narrative. If they kept their mouths shut let Sikhs commemorate their dead and celebrate their lives then eventually the wounds of 80s would have healed already. But these low IQ dumb hindians dont seem to understand the more they pour fuel of hatred to the embers the more the fire eventually reignites the memories of oppression and passions of the Sikhs