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Sikhs must unite for SGPC: Sukhbir
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Natheha (Talwandi Sabo), Aug 6
Sikhs, for once, need to get above their habit of ‘dhadebandi’ (factionalism) and unite on the issue of SGPC’s supremacy over the HSGMC.

This was stated by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal talking to this correspondent on the sidelines of a campaign for SAD candidate from Talwandi Sabo Jeet Mohinder Sidhu, here today.

“Sikhs, by nature, are habitual of attaching themselves to groups as a part of their daily lives. They all need to come on a common platform and understand the delicate situation in which attempts were being made to finish the universally accepted parliament (Akal Takht) of the Sikhs under the SGPC’, he said.

“We need to understand that sustained efforts have been made since Independence to weaken the Sikhs. Years of turbulence during terrorism followed by a poor resettlement package told the real story. Taking away the supremacy of the SGPC, exercised through the Akal Takht, was the last attempt by an already crumpled Congress. The way the once supreme Congress party has been washed out in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Gujarat, it should not expect any magic in Haryana, now”, he added.

nation2.jpgAll Sikhs need to come on a common platform and understand the delicate situation in which attempts are being made to finish the universally accepted parliament (Akal Takht) of the Sikhs under the SGPC.
Sukhbir Singh Badal, PUNJAB DY CM
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Sikhs must unite for SGPC: Sukhbir Sanjeev Singh Bariana

Tribune News Service

Natheha (Talwandi Sabo), Aug 6

Sikhs, for once, need to get above their habit of ‘dhadebandi’ (factionalism) and unite on the issue of SGPC’s supremacy over the HSGMC.

This was stated by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal talking to this correspondent on the sidelines of a campaign for SAD candidate from Talwandi Sabo Jeet Mohinder Sidhu, here today.

“Sikhs, by nature, are habitual of attaching themselves to groups as a part of their daily lives. They all need to come on a common platform and understand the delicate situation in which attempts were being made to finish the universally accepted parliament (Akal Takht) of the Sikhs under the SGPC’, he said.

“We need to understand that sustained efforts have been made since Independence to weaken the Sikhs. Years of turbulence during terrorism followed by a poor resettlement package told the real story. Taking away the supremacy of the SGPC, exercised through the Akal Takht, was the last attempt by an already crumpled Congress. The way the once supreme Congress party has been washed out in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Gujarat, it should not expect any magic in Haryana, now”, he added.

nation2.jpgAll Sikhs need to come on a common platform and understand the delicate situation in which attempts are being made to finish the universally accepted parliament (Akal Takht) of the Sikhs under the SGPC.Sukhbir Singh Badal, PUNJAB DY CM

So, in short, the failings of the SGPC should be blamed on Congress.

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Badals are manipulative and run state machinery for their own benefits. But who will listen? They are very close to centre. Singhs outside Punjab can't do anything. To change the system you need to be part of the system otherwise you are branded as a traitor.

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Quote " All Sikhs need to come on a common platform and understand the delicate situation in which attempts are being made to finish the universally accepted parliament (Akal Takht) of the Sikhs under the SGPC.
Sukhbir Singh Badal, PUNJAB DY CM "

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Hmm Akaal Takht under the supremacy of SGPC???

SGPC is formed by an act of India Government and is controlled by political parties. Seems like Shkhibir Badal is saying that Akaal takht should be controlled by the political partied accepted by Government of India. This makes Sikhi, the only major religion being controlled by a state - that too by a state (India) which is controlled by people of other religion, the theology of which is distinctly different from that of Sikhs.

Is Sukhbir Badal now saying that the Sikhs all over the world should obey SGPC which is formed by Indian Government and controlled by the laws of India ?

What right has SGPC to dictate the views of Indian State or political party controlling SGPC to the Sikhs who are citizens of other countries or the ones living in foreign countries?

Let Akal Takht (and other takhts under Akal Takht) be free of SGPC.

Let Akaal Takht develop as an independent body that can guide the Sikhs all over the world free of the interference from Indian Government, biased Indian Judiciary, or an Indian political party.

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Quote " All Sikhs need to come on a common platform and understand the delicate situation in which attempts are being made to finish the universally accepted parliament (Akal Takht) of the Sikhs under the SGPC.

Sukhbir Singh Badal, PUNJAB DY CM "

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Hmm Akaal Takht under the supremacy of SGPC???

SGPC is formed by an act of India Government and is controlled by political parties. Seems like Shkhibir Badal is saying that Akaal takht should be controlled by the political partied accepted by Government of India. This makes Sikhi, the only major religion being controlled by a state - that too by a state (India) which is controlled by people of other religion, the theology of which is distinctly different from that of Sikhs.

Is Sukhbir Badal now saying that the Sikhs all over the world should obey SGPC which is formed by Indian Government and controlled by the laws of India ?

What right has SGPC to dictate the views of Indian State or political party controlling SGPC to the Sikhs who are citizens of other countries or the ones living in foreign countries?

Let Akal Takht (and other takhts under Akal Takht) be free of SGPC.

Let Akaal Takht develop as an independent body that can guide the Sikhs all over the world free of the interference from Indian Government, biased Indian Judiciary, or an Indian political party.

Initially it was an independent body, until some bright spark had an idea of creating an ubiquitous Sikh body in the 20's.

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Let Akal Takht (and other takhts under Akal Takht) be free of SGPC.

Let Akaal Takht develop as an independent body that can guide the Sikhs all over the world free of the interference from Indian Government, biased Indian Judiciary, or an Indian political party.

While Akal Takht should be independent of SGPC, but SGPC should also be independent of all political parties including Akali Dal.

Furthermore, with in Akal Dal there should be a clause stating that a son(or daughter) cannot succeed his father's position in order to keep in check those who have tendencies of turning the party into their family's property like badal did

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Agree it is not the SGPC that is the problem it is who controls it. Basically most of our Sikh organizations/ institutions have Badal controlling them as a proxy for the BJP/ RSS. Some others are or have been controlled by the Congress as was Santa Singh and the Nihangs. The SGPC and Akal Takht need to be free or we will end up with the Mahants of pre 1920 that nearly caused the Sikhs to become Hindus.

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The Sanatan group try to make out that everything was fine before the formation of the SGPC. Just a few facts of what it was like before the Akali movement ( real Sikhs at that time).

The Akal Takht Jathedhar in 1919 gave a Siropa to General Dyer after the Amritsar Massacre and made him a honoury Sikh even though Dyer said he smoked and could not be a Sikh.

At Nankana Sahib the Mahant carried out rapes of visitng pilgrims. He massacred non violent Sikhs when they tried to remove him.

Idols were introduced into many Gurdwaras including the Darbar Sahib. On their removal the Mahants built the Durgiana Mandir in Amritsar to copy the Darbar Sahib and continue Sanatan activities.

The SGPC was created to ensure that all Gurdwaras followed Sikh principles. The Sanatan Nihangs attack the SGPC because of this.

However today the SGPC has been hijacked by the Badal clan acting in co operation with the BJP/RSS.That is the problem.

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We know what the problem is. But who will bell the cat?

The world is not a better place anymore because either we don't act at all or we keep discussing the problem. So what solution do you propose and how?

It's difficult to win or change something at your local gurdwara. So many people or real Sikhs ready to pull you down. How do you plan to win on Punjab and change things? I am sometimes surprised how badal does it and that too from many years with success. How does he control all the Sikhs both cool minded and hard liners?

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Source:: http://www.countercurrents.org/sidhu230714.htm

Gurdwara Act’ Invites Indian State’s Interference In Sikh Religion

By Jaspal Singh Sidhu

23 July, 2014
Countercurrents.org

The Sikh intelligentsia has rarely raised a finger at a popular narrative that “the Sikhs have earned the Sikh Gurdwara Act of 1925 after numerous sacrifices and a protracted struggle”.

Under the Act, a Sikh shrines management body—SGPC—was created which manages Sikh affairs. The SGPC is elected through universal adult suffrage among the Sikhs. Created and sustained by vested interests, the narrative is, often, goes hyperbolic that ‘the SGPC is mini-parliament of the Sikhs’.

Theoretical and empirical analysis of the nine-decade long existence and working of the SGPC belies what the narrative has been asserting all along. From theoretical angle, the modern States, particularly those who choose their political governance through the process of universal adult suffrage tend to secularize the religion. And, it is the known fact that the secularization is a historical process that has reduced, even replaced to a larger extent, the social and cultural significance of the religion. Invariably, modern states have attempted to restrict and confine the religious influences within the religious places.

Could the Sikh religion escape the secularization impact when the modern Indian state, professing to be a secular one, solely reserves the authority to announce and conduct the election of the SGPC? Could the management body, running the affairs of the Sikh religious community, escape the political stamp of the power-that-be reigning New Delhi?

And now, when the RSS-supported Modi regime is at the helms of the Indian state with strong propensity to strengthen Hindu religion based majoritarian nationalism, how far could the Sikh minority religion escape the overwhelmingly assimilation impact of the Sangh Privar?

In fact, the creation of the SGPC in 1925 was sheer anachronism and was a shrewd trapping of the Sikhs by the colonial British rulers. The Sikh community was the first to be subjected to the universal adult suffrage for electing its religious body in the sub-continent by the British colonial masters. There prevailed a partial electoral system at that period, which was later gradually converted to a universal one, particularly at the eve of ‘transfer of power’ by the British in the late 1940s. How far, the Gurdwara Act of 1925 and election system for the SGPC helped the British in blunting the edge of the Sikh rebellion is a matter of debate, but it certainly provided a platform for developing an understanding between the Akali Dal and Congress which made the Sikhs to throw their lot with India.

Moreover, unlike other important religions --- Islam, Christianity and Hinduism so on --- the Sikh religion, that too a minority religion everywhere, is a singular faith whose religious-affairs-controlling body is elected at the behest of a professedly secular Indian state. Practically, the Indian state has been patronizing the majority’s religious ethos and way of life. Almost all religions of the world have developed some or the other system and process of choosing their religious bodies themselves. Ironically, the Sikhs are oblivious of the fact that they have themselves invited the interference of the OTHERS in their religious affairs and handed over their religious reins to OTHERS, yet they are proud of the present dispensation.

Because of this prevailing anomaly and inconsistency, the election to the Sikh religious bodies — SGPC, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) particularly — is being contested on the pattern of mundane political elections to the assembly or parliament. So, all inducements and corrupt practices of the political system --- ranging from distributing booze to the greasing of palms --- have become the order of the day in the Gurdwara elections. The candidates in these elections are fielded by the political parties and political groupings.

The Sikh body thrown up by such non-religious election system, invariably, must be dominated by a political party and political personae. And, such dispensation must have a PLIABLE Jathedar (head of Sikh spiritual affairs) at the Akal Takht to meet political requirements of the politicians . And well-entrenched Sikh shrines bodies would rush to the court for the retention of their control. That is why incidences of corruption prevailing in the SGPC and DSGMC put even a rotten public sector organization to shame.

Against the above given background the presently raging political conflict between the Akali Dal ruling Punjab and Congress-controlled government of Haryana over the creation of a separate ‘Sikh management body’ in Haryana should be viewed. The new body, the Haryana Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee ( HSGPC) set up through an enactment of a legislation by the Haryana assembly, has also been named after the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), headquartered at Golden Temple, Amrtisar which was created by the Sikh Gurdwaras Act of 1925 ( Punjab Act 8 of 1925).

The Akali Dal, traditionally controlling the Amritsar-based SGPC since its creation, sees the coming up of the Haryana Sikh body as slicing away its control over Sikh shrines located in Haryana state. It has raised an uproar and giving the issue an emotive tilt saying that “Congress has been attempting to divide the Sikhs … undermining the Sikhs’ collective strength…..it’s an interference in Sikh religious affairs”. Obviously, Punjab’s Akali Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is attempting to kick up religio-political frenzy among the Sikhs by saying that it was the second attack on the Sikhs after the Army attack on the Golden Temple (Operation Blue Star) in June 1984 and they would launch an agitation (morcha) to get the new Sikh body in Haryana nullified. Badal has been resorting to all sorts of bullying tactics. He forced his ally NDA government at New Delhi to send a missive to the Haryana government suggesting revoking of the ‘controversial legislative act’. He has also dispatched a contingent of SGPC Task Force (armed security guard employees) to retain occupation of main Sikh shrines in Haryana.

On other hand, the leaders of 1.5 million Sikh community in Haryana, campaigning for getting due share of the shrine management for more than a decade are hell-bent to retain a new separate body. While both rival Sikh platforms have actively been mobilizing their respective support among the Sikhs — now a global community, the unity-seeking idealists and pacifists are viewing these internecine conflicts as impending threat to ‘brotherly bloodshed’ and, thereby, further weakening of the Sikh minority. But the creation of the new body and attempts to stall it, all are offshoots of electoral politics and vote-bank considerations as rhetoric of both sides that follows.

But the question is: how could the internecine conflict be resolved till the present election system to the Sikh religious bodies is in place? How an ordinary Sikh could have the same degree of commitment and faith to the Sikh religion as that of a baptized Sikh (Amritdhari)?

Why not the present election system that involves government interference should be changed into a ‘selection system’ allowing truly religious Sikhs to choose ‘ religious people’ (not stark politicians) to run Sikh affairs?

All this may be indigestible to the Sikhs overwhelmed by the powerful narrative that ‘the SGPC is a democratic entity’. But it should be kept in mind that ‘religious faith’ and ‘politics sans faith’ are not compatible to each other. And the Sikhs seem to carrying a strong incompatibility and a visible contradiction. The SGPC declares that “Sikhs are a separate nation’ and at the same time it suffers no compunction in allowing supremacy of another NATION --- the Indian nation in conducting its elections.

Just ponder over.

Jaspal Singh Sidhu retired as Special Correspondent with UNI, New Delhi and since then writing on political and economic affairs. He can be reached at e-mail : jaspal.sdh@gmail.com

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The Sanatan group try to make out that everything was fine before the formation of the SGPC. Just a few facts of what it was like before the Akali movement ( real Sikhs at that time).

The Akal Takht Jathedhar in 1919 gave a Siropa to General Dyer after the Amritsar Massacre and made him a honoury Sikh even though Dyer said he smoked and could not be a Sikh.

At Nankana Sahib the Mahant carried out rapes of visitng pilgrims. He massacred non violent Sikhs when they tried to remove him.

Idols were introduced into many Gurdwaras including the Darbar Sahib. On their removal the Mahants built the Durgiana Mandir in Amritsar to copy the Darbar Sahib and continue Sanatan activities.

The SGPC was created to ensure that all Gurdwaras followed Sikh principles. The Sanatan Nihangs attack the SGPC because of this.

However today the SGPC has been hijacked by the Badal clan acting in co operation with the BJP/RSS.That is the problem.

Do you have any evidence backing your post?

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