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AMRITSAR: Prominent seminary Damdami Taksal

has decided not to participate in the Sarbat

Khalsa convened by various Sikh religious and

political bodies on November 10 in Amritsar.

Going by the aspirations of a majority of common

Sikhs and religious bodies, the Taksal has

demanded removal of jathedars of Takhts, who

are its former students, and at the same time it

has refused to extend support to Sarbat Khalsa.

Talking to TOI , Damdami Taksal chief Baba

Harnam Singh Khalsa said, We are not

participating in the Sarbat Khalsa. He said the

time was not apt for convening Sarbat Khalsa,

but to bring unity among various factions within

Sikh groups and hold serious deliberations on

restoring the pride of Guru Granth Sahib that was

hurt due to acts of sacrilege by anti-social

elements. First of all we have to resolve these

issues and then Sarbat Khalsa can be

convened, he said.

On the other hand, extending support to Sarbat

Khalsa, Panthic Sewa Lehar founder Baljeet

Singh Daduwal said, Sarbat Khalsa is the voice

of conscience of common Sikhs aimed at creating

unity among them and to reach at a consensus

on religious issues, including deciding the area of

jurisdiction of Sikh priests, their selection and

removal norms, besides discussing on the issues

being faced by Panth.

Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) general secretary

Jarnail Singh Sakhira said, Yes, there is a clear

divide between saints. One side of Sikh saints is

independent and enjoys support of the Panth

while another is pro SAD (Badal). SAD

(Amritsar) is one among several groups that have

given call for Sarbat Khalsa.

Sakhira said all Sikh organizations, which had

given call for Sarbat Khalsa, would meet at

Jalandhar on Saturday and from Sunday onwards

preparations to hold the congregation near Baba

Naudh Singh Samadh on Tarn Taran road would


He said prominent Sikhs saints and groups,

including Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwala, Panth Preet

Singh, Ranjit Singh, Damdami Taksal (Ajnala

faction) and Darshan Singh were part of Sarbat

Khalsa while Khalsa-led Gurmat Sidhant

Parcharak Sant Samaj opposed the congregation.

Sikh think-tank Kuldeep Singh said, Sarbat

Khalsa will see a vertical split between Sant

Samaj, which will be unfortunate. He said Sikh

intellectuals, saints and academics shouldnt be

taking sides but maintain a neutral gesture in the

society. This kind of Sarbat Khalsa, which has

already divided community will not solve any

purpose and rather further deepen the religious

crisis, he said.


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