– Finally, polygamous “Jathedar” sent home by Takht Sri Patna Sahib Management Board

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Patna – Bihar – India, 05 March 2019. Following the directions of SGPC appointed acting Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh, the Management Board of Takht Sri Patna Sahib today removed Giani Iqbal Singh as “Jathedar” of Takht Sri Patna Sahib.

Notably, there was a sharp wrath among the Sikh community against Giani Iqbal Singh after his second wife had lodged complaint of homicidal violence against him.

This decision was taken during the crucial meeting held today by the board members Gobind Singh Longowal, Inderjeet Singh, Surinder Singh, Raja Singh, Kumikkar Singh, Lakhbir Singh, Tarlochan Singh, Harbans Singh and Jagjit Singh Sohi under the aegis of president Avtar Singh Hit.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that Takht Sri Patna Sahib’s granthi Giani Rajinder Singh has been temporarily appointed in place of Giani Iqbal Singh.

It may be recalled here that Giani Iqbal Singh had revoked his resignation a few hours after submitting it on March 3. He had succeeded in making the Management Committee of Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib (Patna) bow before him with the help of his supporters in the form of “Sikh Sangat”. – Giani Harpreet Singh, Akal Takht Jathedar, Bats for Amendment of Sikh Gurdwaras Act

Giani Harpreet Singh, acting Jathedar of Akal Takht, said the Sikh Gurdwara Act was framed in 1925 and no amendments have been incorporated in it since then.

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 30 January 2019. Giani Harpreet Singh, the acting Jathedar of the Akal Takht, has mooted changes in the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925. “It’s time the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925 gets amended for the better future of the Sikh community,” Harpreet Singh told News 18 on Wednesday.

“The Indian Constitution came into force in 1950, and the Parliament has amended it many a times. Similarly, the Gurdwara Act was framed in 1925 and similar amendments should have been incorporated in it after consulting various Sikh scholars and intellectuals.

But it hasn’t happened till now,” pointed out Harpreet Singh, who also serves as the Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, another Sikh temporal seat situated at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda, Punjab.

“It is necessary for the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) to emerge as an even larger and better organisation of the Sikhs on a global stage,” he added.

A day earlier, similar sentiment echoed at the one-day workshop in Ludhiana which was organised by the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle. Apart from Harpreet Singh, the workshop was attended by eminent Sikh scholars, including Sardara Singh Johal, Dr S P Singh, Dr Khem Singh Gill, Dr Balkar Singh and Dr (Lt. Col.) G P I Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Adesh University, Bathinda.

The workshop had Sikh intellectuals discussing topics such as ‘how to maintain the importance, dignity and reverence of the Akal Takht’ and ‘agendas of the SGPC in the context of Sikh diaspora and globalisation’.

Asked if he would take up the suggestions that came up during the workshop with the Singh Sahibaans or the SGPC president, Harpreet Singh responded in the negative, saying, “As of now only ideas have been exchanged”.

“These are my personal thoughts and I have merely put these before the scholars,” added Harpreet Singh who is presently pursuing PhD from department of religious studies, Punjabi University.

The Gurdwara Act, passed way back in 1925, paved way for the formation of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee with the aim of reformation of Sikh religious places. The SGPC today controls nearly 200 historic shrines in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. The gurdwaras in Delhi are administered by Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee. – Giani Harpreet Singh faces sharp protest by Sikh masses on Bandi Chhor Diwas

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Chandigarh – Punjab – India, 08 November 2018. The newly appointed acting Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh come across a major embarrassment on the pious eve of Bandi Chhor Diwas as soon as he started reading a pre-drafted message.

The Sikh masses strongly reacted to Giani Harpreet Singh by showing black cloths to him and shouting slogans against him as soon as he positioned before the mike to deliver a customary speech.

The wording of the slogans shouted by the Sikh devotees made it clear that there is a widespread anger among the Sikh community about the appointment of marionettes of political bosses on the temporal Sikh post.

It is noteworthy here that the SGPC appointed Jathedar of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Giani Harpreet Singh was given the additional charge of Sri Akal Takht Sahib by the SGPC on October 22 after relieving Giani Gurbachan Singh.

Giani Harpreet Singh was officially given the charge to head the supreme Sikh institution in a religious ceremony on October 30.

The Shiromani Akali Dal leadership had brought forward Giani Harpreet Singh to calm down the outrage among Sikh masses against the party due to the exoneration of Gurmeet Ram Rahim in 2015 by the former Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh but it seems like all their efforts are going in vain.