Sikh24.com – British Army delegation pays obeisance at Sri Harmandr Sahib

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 12 December 2019. On December 11, a delegation of British Army comprising Brigadier Jen Harvey, Colonel John Candle, Captain Krez Bikertan, Captain Jagjit Singh and Warrant Officer Ashok Chauhan paid obeisance at sanctum sanctorum Sri Harmandr Sahib.

Notably, these delegation members had come to India for attending a seminar organized at Khalsa College in the memory of Saragarhi martyrs by the Saragarhi Foundation (New York).

These delegation members also met the officiating Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh at Akal Takht secretariat where they were honored with Siropas (robes of honor).

They also paid obeisance at Gurdwara Saragarhi Sahib situated on the way leading to Sri Harmandr Sahib.

SGPC’s executive member Jagsir Singh Mangeana, Chief Secretary Dr Roop Singh, Secretary Avtar Singh Sainpla, Sri Harmandir Sahib’s Manager Jaswinder Singh Deenpur, Chairman of Saragarhi Foundation Gurinderpal Singh Josan, President Kuldeep Singh Kahlon, Taranbir Singh Benipal, Bibi Kamaljit Kaur Pannu, Additional Managers Sukhraj Singh and Iqbal Singh Mukhi, Jaspal Singh, SGPC’s Information Officer Amritpal Singh etc. were also present on this occasion.

British Army delegation pays obeisance at Sri Harmandir Sahib

The Tribune – ‘Any history of SAD has to be critical of Badals’

Jupinderjit Singh

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 15 December 2019. From a mass movement of the Sikhs having representatives from all parts of Punjab and even abroad, the Shiromani Akali Dal is now a party controlled by one family only, says historian G S Dhillon, echoing the viewpoint of a number of distinguished members of the community who have watched and commented on the party from close quarters for long.

As the Akali Dal enters its centenary year, Dr Prithipal Singh Kapur, former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University and an eminent historian, terms the year-long anniversary celebrations “mere means to divert attention of the Sikhs from the real issues confronting the Panth”.

‘Compromises made to stay in power’

Parkash Singh Badal was the first political careerist in the party. When it becomes a career, many compromises are made to stay in power. A party which was against Mahants and deras supported these very groups to get votes. The result is before us. This has resulted in mushrooming of many Akali Dals.

Dr Prithipal Singh Kapur, former Pro-VC, GNDU

“The party has for the last several years focussed on rituals, but failed to rise to the challenge when incidents of sacrilege happened, or when the controversial pardon to Dera Sacha Sauda chief was planned. Most recently, it failed to counter effectively when the verdict on Ayodhya mentioned Sikhism as a cult of Hindus,” he says.

Akali Dal “may not survive the way it is now, but there will always be a group representing the interest of the Sikh community, especially in the present condition in the country where a group like the Akali Dal can prevent the ongoing onslaught on minorities in the country”, he adds.

Party is face of the Sikh to the world’

Shiromani Akali Dal represents the face of the Sikh to the world. The grit of the Sikhs to revolt against any form of injustice, during ‘lehars’(movements), led to the formation of the Akali Dal. Despite conceding to the Indian form of democracy, the Akali Dal has always stood for getting a greater share of power to the states. The party has always argued for a federal structure of government.

Jagmeet Brar, former MP

Veteran journalist and author Jagtar Singh Sandhu says the party has had many high points of contribution, only to reach a dismal low now. “The journey is aptly described as from Golden Temple to Chandigarh. The party came into being because of Sikh religion but when it closed its office in Golden Temple and shifted base to Chandigarh, it reflected the change away from the core Sikh issues.”

People used to own Akali Dal as their own, recalls Sandhu. “All morchas began from their office in Amritsar and yet it was done away with.”

The party Constitution, he points out, says its topmost agenda is protection of Sikh religion and objectives of the community. “The SAD came into being as a youth wing of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee for fighting for control of Sikh places of worship, which in 1920 were controlled by Mahants. Today, the SAD controls the SGPC and even the Jathedars.”

The worst turn, he adds, came when “party patriarch Parkash Singh Badal summoned three Jathedars to his house for the pardon to the Sirsa Dera chief, a move that triggered the biggest crisis for the party, from which it is yet to come out”.

Professor J S Grewal, a well-known historian and classmate of Parkash Singh Badal, has seen the party from close quarters. The party wanted him to pen a book on the SAD’s history, but never released the book. “My book was not to praise anyone, but to write the real history. For that, truth has to be told. No history of the Akalis can be written without criticism of the role of the Badals,” he says.

A former Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Professor Grewal emphaises that there is no democracy in the Akali Dal now. “It is a party of one family: all powers are wrested with the Badal family.”

Dr Kapur points out that the Akali Dal was a movement for safeguarding the Sikh Panth but after the emergence of Badal, it became a party of career politicians.

Professor Grewal also feels that owing to changes in the party, many independent-minded leaders quit. “Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa is the only one left,” he says.

Bir Devinder Singh, a senior leader of SAD (Taksali), feels the Sikhs are still in search of their ultimate destiny as per the ethos of the Sikh faith, but the Akali leadership has failed miserably to come to the expectation of the Sikh community as a whole, and failed and fumbled every time it was expected to resolve decisively.

As the Shiromani Akali Dal marked its 99th foundation day on Saturday, a parallel event was organised by the rebel Akalis, and their theme revolved around “an Akali Dal without the Badals”. That’s easier said than done. As patriarch Parkash Singh Badal reiterates: “We are the Shiromani Akali Dal. Period.”

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/%E2%80%98any-history-of-sad-has-to-be-critical-of-badals%E2%80%99-11088

Sikh24.com – Akal Takht panel invites Dhadrianwala for discussion on his controversial utterances

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 12 December 2019. The five member committee constituted by Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh has sent an invitation to Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwala to get his viewpoints about some of his controversial utterances. This invitation has been sent by Dr Chamkaur Singh, who coordinates this five member committee.

It is learnt that this five member committee has invited Bhai Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwala at Gurdwara Sri Dukh Niwaran Sahib on December 22 at 12 pm.

However, it is being speculated that Bhai Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwala will not meet these committee members because he had been repeatedly giving such indications in his religious programs.

Notably, this five member committee comprising of Dr Paramvir Singh, Principal Prabhjot Kaur, Gurmeet Singh, Dr Amarjit Singh and Dr Inderjit Singh was constituted by Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh following several complaints against Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwala.

Does not everybody have the right to utter ‘utterances’, controversial or not ?
The most the committee can do is say: Ranjit Singh’s ‘utterances’ do not agree with Gurmat !
Man in Blue

https://www.sikh24.com/2019/12/12/akal-takht-panel-invites-dhadrianwala-for-discussion-on-his-controversial-utterances/#.XfNWW_x7nIU

The Tribune – Unconstitutional, divisive CAB will not be implemented in Punjab: Amarinder

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 12 December 2019. Terming the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) as a direct assault on India’s secular character, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said his government would not allow the legislation to be implemented in his state.

Asserting his commitment to the protection of the Constitutional ethos of the country, Captain Amarinder said the Congress, which has a majority in the State Assembly, would block the unconstitutional Bill in the House.

His government, on its part, would not let the legislation rip apart the secular fabric of the country, whose strength lies in its diversity, said the Chief Minister a day after the controversial Bill was also passed in the Rajya Sabha.

The Parliament had no authority to pass a law that defiled the Constitution and violated its basic principles and fundamental rights of the people of India, said the Chief Minister, declaring CAB to be ‘null and void’ on account of the fact that it was against the tenets and values contained in the Constitution.

Pointing to the divisive nature of the law, Captain Amarinder said any legislation that seeks to divide the people of the country on religious lines was illegal and unethical, and could not be allowed to sustain.

It was the duty of an elected government to safeguard the cherished values ingrained in the Constitution and not destroy them, said the Chief Minister, making it clear that he would not let such a Constitutional violation take place under his regime.

“How can you leave out a large section of the Indian population from the protection they have been getting since we declared India a “sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic, assuring its citizens justice, equality and liberty…”, asked Captain Amarinder, pointing out that by linking citizenship with religion, CAB would hit out at the very foundation of the nation.

“What if other countries, where Indians are settled in large numbers and have acquired their citizenship, decide to bring in similar legislations? What will happen to those Indians if the countries of their stay decide to withdraw their citizenship on account of their religious beliefs,” asked the Chief Minister.

The move, Amarinder said, was retrograde and regressive, and sought to take India back from the progressive charter mandated by its Constitution.

Instead of using brute majority in Parliament to push the Bill through, the central government should have discussed the matter with all parties and tried to evolve a consensus, if at all it felt the legislation was in the interest of India and its people, he added.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/unconstitutional-divisive-cab-will-not-be-implemented-in-punjab-amarinder-10111

Sikh24.com – CBI reopens investigation into sacrilege cases of Burj Jawahar Singh Wala and Bargari

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 04 December 2019. Around five months after filing a closure report on sacrilege cases, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has reopened three sacrilege cases related to Burj Jawahar Singh and Bargari.

It is learnt that six CBI sleuths reached Burj Jawahar Wala on 03 December and recorded statement of six persons including Gora Singh, the granthi of the gurdwara at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala, cashier Pritam Kaur, one Ranjit Singh and three other villagers.

It is noteworthy here that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed a closure report in sacrilege cases on 04 July in three cases pertaining to the sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Later, the Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has nullified the CBI’s closure report.

These three cases pertain to the theft of a holy saroop of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji from village Burj Jawahar Singh in June-2015, pasting of provocative posters in Bargari and committing sacrilege by scattering the sacred Angs of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji in Bargari.

On being approached by media, Gora Singh informed that the CBI team repeated all those questions which were asked by different investigating agencies and judicial commissions in the past four years.

While a SIT of the Punjab Police had nominated three followers of Dera Sacha Sauda: Mohinder Pal Bittu (who was killed in Nabha Jail on June 22 this year), Sukhjinder Singh and Shakti Singh, the filing of the closure report by the CBI in this case had led to a lot of political uproar.

In this political and religious upheaval over the sacrilege incidents and the filing of the closure report by the CBI, in August this year, the agency had taken a U-turn and approached the CBI Special Court in Mohali, saying it wanted to carry on the probe in these three cases.

CBI reopens investigation into sacrilege cases of Burj Jawahar Singh Wala and Bargari

Sikh24.com – SGPC seeks passports from Sikhs aspirant of celebrating Vaisakhi in Pakistan

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 07 December 2019. The apex Sikh body Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee has sought passports from the Sikhs aspirant of celebrating next year’s Vaisakhi at Gurdwara Sri Panja Sahib (Pakistan). Notably, the Sikh jatha from India will depart from India to celebrate Vaisakhi in April-2020.

Sharing the development with media, SGPC secretary Manjit Singh Bath informed that the aspirant Sikh devotees can submit their passports at SGPC’s headquarters in Amritsar Sahib by 30 December. “A proof of identity, either Aadhar Card or Voter Card, passport size fresh photographs along with a recommendation letter from the concerned SGPC constituency will also be required,” he added.

SGPC seeks passports from Sikhs aspirant of celebrating Vaisakhi in Pakistan

Hindustan Times – Kartarpur travel not allowed, US citizen creates scene at ICP

His travel documents were not complete

HT Correspondent

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, A young Sikh US citizen created a scene at the Integrated Check Post (ICP) here on Friday when he was denied passage to Kartarpur Sahib as his travel documents were not complete.

According to the information, Amritpal Singh, 23, went to the immigration counter and showed the slip that he had applied online for travel to Kartarpur Sahib. When the officials asked for the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) slip, he failed to produce that.

He argued with the immigration officials and created a scene after which the officials called the BSF, who took him out of the ICP.

It is also learnt that officials of the IB also questioned him and later he was handed over to Batala police.

Batala SSP Opinderjeet Singh Ghuman said they were investigating. During preliminary questioning, the police found nothing objectionable. “If the immigration officials lodge a complaint against him, action will be taken accordingly, otherwise, he will be released soon,” he said.

Amritpal has a valid passport and Oversees Citizen of India (OCI) card and after showing these cards. As per the guidelines, a foreign national is allowed to travel only if he/she has the OCI card and once the application is received online, ETA is issued, which is necessary for the pilgrimage.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/kartarpur-travel-not-allowed-us-citizen-creates-scene-at-icp/story-wKSVvycfqxsV5VJEPnvQ1M.html

The New Indian Express – Amit Shah’s remark on Balwant Singh Rajoana’s death pained Sikhs: Akali Dal

Rajoana, who is currently lodged in Patiala Central Jail, is the prime accused in the case and he will now serve life imprisonment.

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 03 December 2019. Saying the Sikh community was pained and anguished, the Akali Dal on Tuesday described as “very unfortunate” the statement of Union Home Minister Amit Shah on not commuting the death sentence of Babbar Khalsa terrorist Balwant Singh Rajoana for the assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.

Shah made the announcement in the Lok Sabha while responding to Congress MP and Beant Singh’s grandson Ravneet Singh Bittu during Question Hour.

Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal, whose party is in alliance with the BJP in Punjab, said in a statement: “We all feel aggrieved today. We thought we had moved ahead when news statements appeared last month disclosing the death sentence of Rajoana had been commuted.”

“However, today’s assertion has shocked everyone. There is a feeling of hurt that justice has not been done to the Sikh community and the spirit of the clemency which was espoused on the occasion of the 550th Prakash Purb has not been carried through.”

He said the Akali Dal stood for adopting a humanitarian approach in the case and had conveyed in this regard to the Union government through various representations.

“We feel this is a deserving case for clemency as Rajoana has spent more than 23 years in prison without parole. The SAD is against the death penalty as a matter of principle and has also represented to the Union government as well as the President on this issue,” Sukhbir Badal said.

He said a high-level delegation would meet the Union minister soon and apprise him about the sentiments of the Sikh community and urge that Rajoana’s death sentence be commuted.

Addressing the Home Minister, the Ludhiana MP asked in the Lok Sabha: “Why did you commute the death sentence of Balwant Singh Rajoana?”

Responding in Hindi, Shah said: “Please, don’t go by media reports. Koi maafi ki nahi gai (the sentence has not been commuted).”

The Home Minister’s statement was contrary to the reports last month which said that the Union Home Ministry had commuted Rajoana’s death sentence.

Rajoana, 52, who is currently lodged in Patiala Central Jail, is the prime accused in the case and he will now serve life imprisonment.

A former Punjab Police constable, Rajoana was sentenced to death on August 1, 2007, by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Chandigarh.

The Home Ministry this September had approved the commutation of Rajoana’s death sentence to a life-term as a humanitarian gesture ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, a decision which was criticised by Bittu.

Besides Rajoana, the Home Ministry had granted a special dispensation to eight other Sikh prisoners from various jails in the country on the occasion.

On March 28, 2012, the Home Ministry had stayed Rajoana’s execution following clemency appeals filed by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the Sikh body managing religious shrines.

Beant Singh and 16 others were killed in an explosion outside the Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh on August 31, 1995.

Dilawar Singh, a Punjab Police officer, had acted as a suicide bomber to assassinate Beant Singh.

Rajoana was the second bomber in case Dilawar Singh failed to kill the Congress leader. Rajoana had cited the 1984 anti-Sikh riots as the reason behind the killing of Beant Singh.

https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2019/dec/03/amit-shahs-remark-on-balwant-singh-rajoanas-death-pained-sikhs-akali-dal-2070902.html

Sikh24.com – How Guru Nanak’s langar is helping UN achieve its ‘zero hunger’ goal?

Divya Goyal

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 19 November 2019. In 2015, the United Nations’ member nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a universal call to end poverty and protect the planet. The deadline to achieve these goals is 2030.

Of 17 goals, the second one, ‘zero hunger’, aims to end extreme hunger and malnutrition, especially among children, by 2030. The Indian Express explains how Guru Nanak’s ‘langar’ is contributing to achieving this goal and reducing malnutrition in African countries, bringing down ‘preventable children deaths’.

What is langar?

Langar refers to a system of developing a community kitchen, where people irrespective of their caste, religion and social status sit together on the floor and have food. The institution of langar finds its roots in two teachings of Sikhism, ‘Kirat karo, Naam japo, Vand chako’ (work, pray, and share with others whatever you earn) and ‘Sangat aur pangat’ (eat sitting together in rows on the floor).

According to Paramvir Singh, professor, department of encyclopedia of Sikhism, Punjabi University, Patiala, the word ‘langar’ has its origin in Persian, and means a public eating place where people, especially the needy, are given food.

What is the link between Guru Nanak and langar?

It is said that when Guru Nanak was a boy, his father gave him Rs 20 and sent him to buy goods, sell them and return with some profit. However, on the way, he met some hungry sadhus (holy men). He used the Rs 20 to arrange food for them. He made them sit on the floor and served the food with his own hands.

When Nanak returned home, his father was furious as he had returned empty-handed. But Nanak said that he did a ‘Sacha Sauda’ by feeding hungry men, which he said was ‘the most profitable deal’ for him. Currently, Gurdwara Sacha Sauda stands at Farooqabad in Sheikhupura district of Pakistan, which is where Guru Nanak is believed to have fed those sadhus.

Later in his life, Guru Nanak strengthened the practise of langar at Kartarpur, his final resting place, where he had established a dharamsala for prayers and everyone was served food without any discrimination.

How have other Sikh gurus contributed to this tradition?

The second Sikh guru Angad Dev and his wife Mata Khivi played a crucial role in strengthening the tradition of langar. Professor Paramvir Singh said Mata Khivi used to work in a kitchen, serve langar to sangat and her contribution also finds mention in the Guru Granth Sahib.

The third Sikh Guru, Amar Das, too devoutly followed ‘sangat aur pangat’ and anyone who used to come to meet him, was first served langar. It is said that even when Emperor Akbar came to meet him, the Guru suggested he should first have langar sitting with everyone on the floor, which Akbar accepted.

What is the UN’s ‘Zero Hunger’ goal all about?

The goal of ‘zero hunger’, specified under 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN, says, “Extreme hunger and malnutrition remain a huge barrier to development in many countries. There are 821 million people estimated to be chronically undernourished as of 2017, often as a direct consequence of environmental degradation, drought and biodiversity loss.

Over 90 million children under 5 (years) are dangerously underweight. Undernourishment and severe food insecurity appear to be increasing in almost all regions of Africa, as well as in South America.” It further says, “In 2017, Asia accounted for nearly two-thirds, 63 per cent of world’s hungry and nearly 151 million children under 5, 22 per cent, were stunted in 2017 across the world.”

What is the aim?

The target, as per the UN website, is, “By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round.

By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons.”

How are Sikh organisations using langar to reduce hunger?

Several Sikh organisations like Khalsa Aid, Langar Aid, Midland Langar Seva Society and others are now branching out to other countries where langar is used to provide nutritious meals to the undernourished.

One such organisation is ‘Zero Hunger With Langar’ which is specifically working in two African countries, Malawi and Kenya, which are among the countries with the highest malnutrition rates among children and feature in the UN’s target list.

What does ‘Zero Hunger with Langar’ do?

Founded in 2016, ‘Zero Hunger With Langar’, working under its parent body ‘Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha’ based in the UK, is currently serving over 1.50 lakh meals a month to malnourished children in Malawi and nearly 8 lakh meals a month in Kenya. Jagjit Singh, who founded the project in 2016, says, “We aim to fight world hunger with langar.

We started this project after UN announced ‘zero hunger’ as its goal. In Kenya, we are cultivating 300 acres of land and aim to serve 10 million meals a year. Malawi is among the countries with the highest levels of malnutrition in the world hence we started serving there first.

We are targeting children in primary schools, nurseries because there children are exploited for something as basic as food. They are made to work in return for food. Now we are serving highly nutritious porridge meals with maize, soya etc. rich in carbohydrates and other vitamins, minerals to them.

Since 2016, we have served more than 3 million meals in Malawi. Poor families here were just mixing water in maize flour and drinking it to fill their stomachs.”

What has been the impact of the ‘Zero Hunger with Langar’ movement in Malawi? How severe is the problem here according to UNICEF?

Jagjit Singh says, “Attendance in primary schools and nurseries has improved considerably. We are more than 90 per cent malnutrition-free across our centers where we serve in Malawi.”

According to a UNICEF report published in 2018, “In Malawi, malnutrition still remains a serious challenge and contributes to preventable children deaths. Twenty-three per cent of all children deaths in Malawi are related to undernutrition. Four per cent of under-5 children here still suffer from acute malnutrition.

There is occurrence of anemia in 64 per cent of children from 6 to 59 months. Thirty-seven per cent children are affected by stunting and just 8 per cent children from 6 to 23 months of age meet the minimum acceptable diet.”

In India, which are the largest kitchens serving langar?

The langar kitchen at Sri Harmandr Sahib (Golden Temple) in Amritsar feeds nearly a lakh people a day daily. In Delhi, Sri Bangla Sahib gurdwara kitchen serves langar to 45,000-50,000 persons a day.

Originally published by The Indian Express @ source URL:

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/explained-how-guru-nanaks-langar-is-helping-un-achieve-its-zero-hunger-goal-6118818/

How Guru Nanak’s langar is helping UN achieve its ‘zero hunger’ goal?

Sikh24.com – Janam Sakhi does illustrate Guru Nanak Sahib’s visit to Ayodhya but not to Ram Mandir, says Dr. Harpal Singh Pannu

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 11 November 2019. Although the Supreme Court of India has cited Guru Nanak Sahib’s visit to Ayodhya to favor the claims of Hindu community over the 2.77 acres disputed land of Babri Masjid, Sikh intellectuals don’t hold the same opinion as of Supreme Court’s judges.

Notably, the Supreme Court judges have given reference to several Janam Sakhis to back their verdict in the favor of Hindus.

Speaking to Sikh24, Sikh intellectual Dr Harpal Singh Pannu said that there is an illustration about Guru Nanak Sahib’s visit to Ayodhya in the Bhai Bale Wali Janam Sakhi but it has not been written anywhere that Guru Nanak Sahib went to a Ram Mandir.

It is pertinent to note here that the authenticity of Bhai Bale Wali Janam Sakhi has always remained under questions and it has never been accepted by all the sections Sikh Panth.

Dr Harpal Singh Pannu is currently serving as a Chair Professor of Guru Gobind Singh Chair at the Central University Punjab (Bathinda).

Disagreeing with the lines written in the Supreme Court’s verdict that Guru Nanak Sahib went to Ayodhya to have darshan of Ram Janam Bhumi, he said that Guru Nanak Sahib also went to several prominent cities like Banaras, Kashi, Mecca etc. and everywhere he taught the humanity to get rid of superstitions.

It is noteworthy here that the five member SC bench delivered its verdict in favor of Hindus by citing Guru Nanak Sahib’s visit to Ayodhya in 1510-11 while the Babri Masjid came into existence in 1528-29.

Earlier, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had told the Supreme Court of India that the mosque was constructed on pre-existing structure which was not Islamic. However, the ASI also didn’t say that this structure matched to Hindu architecture.

“Janma Sakhies, which have been brought on the record contains a description of visit of Guru Nanak Devji to Ayodhya, where he had darshan of birthplace of Lord Ram. It is true that from the extracts of Janma Sakhies, which have been brought on the record, there is no material to identify the exact place of Ram Janma Bhumi but the visit of Guru Nanak Devji to Ayodhya for darshan of Janma Bhumi of Ram is an event, which depicted that pilgrims were visiting Ayodhya and were having darshan of Janma Bhumi even before 1528 A.D.
The visit of Guru Nanak Devji in 1510-11 A.D. and to have darshan of Janma Bhumi of Lord Ram do support the faith and beliefs of the Hindus,” reads the point no. 71 of verdict’s addenda.

Janam Sakhi does illustrate Guru Nanak Sahib’s visit to Ayodhya but not to Ram Mandir, says Dr. Harpal Singh Pannu