Comment by Gurmukh Singh, Southall UK
Seeing that all Sikhs are on Guru Nanak Sahib’s “Naam Marg”, why don’t these Naamdharis return to the Panthic fold by shedding some baggage collected after Baba Ram Singh ji?
From his letters from the jail – and perhaps someone can reproduce them – Baba Ram Singh ji made it absolutely clear that he was “Gura(n) da kookar” and there was no hint in those communications that he wanted to start a cult. He was hurt that he was being hailed as a “guru”. I have read his letters.
Baba Ram Singh’s Sikhi revival after Maharaja Ranjit Singh, during which the former clashed with the pujaris at Darbar Sahib, may be regarded as similar in some ways as the Singh Sabha sudhaar movement.
He never called himself a “guru”.
Bhaini Saheb (Khanna), December 16. Thakur Uday Singh, nephew of the late Satguru Jagjit Singh who was made administrator after the sect head’s death, was today nominated the chief of Namdhari Darbar.
Though the dera had earlier said that the next chief will be announced at the Satguru’s bhog on December 23, the process was re-scheduled and completed today itself in the presence of the Namdhari Sangat.
A meeting in this connection was held at Bhaini Saheb Darbar. Among others, Satguru Jagjit Singh’s widow Chand Kaur, Namdhari Darbar president Harwinder Singh Hanspal, senoir vice-president Surinder Singh Namdhari, sect leaders Jagtar Singh, Baldev Singh Kaku, Balwinder Singh Jhall and Harbhajan Singh participated in the meeting. A large number of Namdhari Darbar followers were also present.
The meeting decided on making Thakur Uday Singh the next chief and he was given the designation of Satguru Uday Singh amidst raising of religious slogans. The announcement was made on behalf of Chand Kaur and others present in the meeting.
The turban ceremony Thakur Uday Singh will be organised on December 23, the day the bhog ceremony will also be organised.
Supporters wanted brother as chief
A controversy seemed to have erupted over the issue of succession of the Namdhari sect. A few members of the Namdhari Sangat had requested Chand Kaur, the late Satguru Jagjit Singh’s wife, to reconsider the decision to nominate Thakur Uday Singh as the successor. The members claimed that the “deserving” successor of Satguru Jagjit Singh was Thakur Dalip Singh. Thakur Dalip Singh and Thakur Uday Singh are real brothers and nephews of Satguru Jagjit Singh.
Jaswinder Singh, chairman, International Namdhari Sangat, alleged that Mata Chand Kaur had taken the decision to nominate Thakur Uday Singh as the successor under pressure and the sangat did not approve of it. “The decision to nominate the successor had already been taken by Satguru Partap Singh and Satguru Jagjit Singh. Chand Kaur seems to be under pressure,” said Jaswinder Singh.