The Times of India – Parallel jathedars mull ‘gurdwara reform’ move

I P Singh

Jalandhar, 20 June 2017. The informal Sarbat Khalsa-appointed jathedars have announced to launch a ‘gurdwara management reform movement’. The parallel priests have also said that they would work to get due representation to Dalits in the gurdwara management.

On Monday, parallel jathedar of Akal Takht Dhian Singh Mand, Damdama Sahib unofficial jathedar Baljit Singh Daduwal and Kesgarh Sahib informal jathedar Amrik Singh Ajnala addressed a press conference in Jalandhar. Mand said they were constrained to start the movement as there was no end to incidents of sacrilege and Sikh community was anguished.

“Earlier the Parkash Singh Badal government did not make any attempt to deliver justice in the Bargari sacrilege incident. Now, the Captain Amarinder Singh government has also failed to give any results in the last three months,” he said.

Stating that there were serious issues in the management of gurdwaras, Mand said the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and the official jathedars had failed to do anything to improve the situation.

Mand announced that in the first leg of the programmme, they would hold district-wise meetings with the granthis and pathis (those engaged in recitation of Guru Granth Sahib). The programme would start on Thursday from Ferozepur and culminate on at Nawanshahr on August 1. He said they would also meet with preachers, ragis, dhadis and kavishars.


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