Times of India – Peshawar crematorium triggers verbal duel between DSGMC, PSGPC

Yudhvir Rana

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 19 May 2018. Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) and Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (PSGPC) have locked horns over the logjam on the construction of the Peshawar cremation ground.

In a blame game, DSGMC has put the onus on the PSGPC for misleading the Sikh community and also questioned its stoic silence on the criticism of the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev by Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Abdul Rehman Makki.

Talking to TOI on Friday, DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK said PSGPC general secretary Gopal Singh Chawla had been misleading the Pakistani Sikh community on the cremation ground and was issuing baseless statements.

He questioned Chawla for holding a meeting of terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib recently and the committee’s silence on objectionable uttering against Guru Nanak Dev by Saeed’s brother-in-law Makki.

The spate of allegations began after a Sikh from Peshawar, Gurpal Singh filed a writ petition in the Peshawar high court seeking to direct the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to release Rs 3 crore as allocated by it in the 2017-18 budget to build a crematorium for the Sikhs and a graveyard for Christians.

GK asked the Pakistan government to allot a land for the crematorium in the absence of which he claimed that Sikhs of Peshawar were forced to bury the deceased. He had also offered financial assistance for the construction work.

“I had offered to contribute to both DSGMC and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee for the construction of the crematorium,” said GK.

Chawla in his video uploaded on social media on Friday advised GK to restrain himself from resolving issues related to Sikhs and India and intervening in the affairs of Sikhs in Pakistan.

He also denied Sikhs were forced to bury the deceased in graveyards. On the financial assistance offer by GK, Chawla, a close confident of Hafiz Seed, boasted that Sikhs of Peshawar were quite affluent and could send money to DSGMC. He had also claimed that there was a crematorium situated about 10 km from Peshawar.

GK said the nearest crematorium was at Attock, some 45km from Peshawar and blamed Chawla for lying to the community.



Sikh24.com – DSGMC Also Lodges Police Complaint Against Narayan Dass

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New Dehi – India, 17 May 2018. Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the General Secretary of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, on May 16 lodged a complaint against Narayan Dass who had hurt Sikh sentiments by accusing Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji of distorting verses of Bhagats.

Sirsa lodged this complaint with SHO of Delhi’s North Avenue police station seeking registration of an FIR against Narayan Dass for hurting Sikh sentiments by using derogatory remarks against fifth Sikh master Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji.

It is pertinent to note here that a video of Narayan Dass, who portrays himself as a disciple of Baba Sri Chand Ji, had gone viral over social media in which he could be seen accusing Guru Sahib of distorting verses written by the Bhagats.

Furthermore, he had also insulted the great martyrdom of Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji by saying that Guru Sahib was punished for his sin of distorting verses of the Bhagats.

Apprising the SHO about Narayan Dass’ attempt to spread hatred among society, Sirsa wrote in the complaint that Narayan Dass intentionally did so to hurt Sikh sentiments and create communal tension in the society.

Meanwhile, a campaign urging Sikhs to lodge police complaint against Narayan Dass in their respective police stations has come to fore over social media.

The news item does not explain in what way Guru Arjan is supposed to have distorted Bhagat bani !
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The Times of India – Preserving Panjabi culture: Sikh body to organise biggest summer camp

New Delhi – India, 09 May 2018. To teach people about the glorious history of the Sikhs and to encourage the use of Punjabi, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak (Management) Committee is set to organise its biggest-ever summer camp this year.

At ‘Maa boli’, to be held in Gurdwaras and Singh sabhas, people would be taught about Sikh Gurus’ history and the culture of Sikhism. There would be a separate workshop for parents to teach them how to tie pagri (turban) too. The camp would be open for all; anyone who wants to learn Punjabi can enroll.

“The history of the Sikh is very dignified. But today, people are not interested. More importance is given to other languages than Punjabi. School children are not opting for Punjabi language due to which they are getting away from Punjabi history and culture. So, it has been decided to spread Punjabi history through the camp.

Local Singh Sabaha Gurdwaras too have been asked to join the camp. Letters are written to them so that along with children, elderly people can also join the camp,” said DSGMC general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa.

Citing a report from the United Nations, Sirsa said that Punjabi is among 4000 languages that are going to be extinct in the next 50 years. “Thus it’s our responsibility to spread it as much as we can,” says Sirsa who has appealed to parents to talk to children in Punjabi at home.

They have been asked to tell their children about Sikh history, Gurus and Gurbani.

The camp will be organised in May and June. The committee is yet to finalise and announce its dates.


The Print – Ahead of Macron’s visit, Sikhs write to Modi & Swaraj against ‘unjust’ French law

The law in question bars Sikhs from wearing turbans on every official ID, and was discussed with ex-President Sarkozy on his visit to India too.

Sanya Dhingra

New Delhi – India, 9 March, 2018. As French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in India for a three-day visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj have received letters from the Sikh community to address an “unjust law” hurting the Sikh diaspora’s identity in France.

In a letter written to PM Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, general secretary of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, has sought to draw their attention to the “unjustified law for mandatory removal of dastaar (turban) of Sikhs living in France on every official ID”.

Arguing that the turban and the Sikhi kakaars – five items that Guru Gobind Singh commanded Khalsa Sikhs to wear at all times – are not “fashionable items for Sikhs”, and are instead an “inseparable part of Sikh culture and the Sikhi way of living”, Sirsa has requested the Prime Minister to discuss the issue with the French President during the visit.

“The issue was taken up earlier during (former French President Nicolas) Sarkozy’s visit to India as well, but nothing was done. Even earlier, we have conveyed to the French government to not see our issues as those of other religions,” said Sirsa, the MLA for Delhi’s Rajouri Garden, representing the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance.

In his letter to Swaraj, Sirsa has raised the issues of wearing turbans and other Sikh symbols in schools and workplaces as well. “Even Sikh children are not being allowed to wear dastaar and other Sikhi kakaars in French schools. Furthermore, there are no jobs for Sikhs wearing dastaar in France,” the letter states.

However, the issue of removing turbans for official IDs is the “most important”, Sirsa told ThePrint. “Even if I say we won’t send our kids to French schools, for example, we can’t not have ID proofs,” he said.

In 2016, the French embassy in New Delhi clarified that there was no ban on wearing turbans in public spaces. Even then, a charge was made by a Sikh organisation that the community had been fighting for its right to wear religious symbols in France.


The Tribune – Manjit Singh GK takes on CM over ‘clean chit’ to Rajiv Gandhi in ’84 riots

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New Delhi-India, 12 February 2018. A day after CM Amarinder Singh claimed that Rajiv Gandhi was in West Bengal when the 1984 riots broke out, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjit Singh Greater Kailash today asked the CM to examine the facts before giving the “clean chit” to the former Prime Minister.

The CM had yesterday accused SAD leaders of resorting to desperate measures to malign Rajiv.

The DSGMC chief said Amarinder Singh either did not want to speak the truth or had been directed by the Gandhi family to issue a wrong statement.

He said former President Pranab Mukherjee’s book ‘The Turbulent Years’ had given details of Rajiv’s whereabouts on October 31, 1984. Manjit Singh GK said Rajiv was informed through a police wireless message at 9:30 am about the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi when he was in Contai (West Bengal).

At that time, Cabinet Ministers Pranab Mukherjee and Ghani Khan Chaudhary were with Rajiv. Mukherjee wrote that he had directed senior police officers to bring a special aircraft from New Delhi.

Rajiv, Mukherjee and Ghani Khan reached Kolghat, covering a distance of 100 km by road, from where they departed for Kolkata in a chopper. About 1 pm, Rajiv and his colleagues had left for Delhi in a special aircraft of Indian Airlines, Manjit Singh GK said, quoting the book.

Then President Giani Zail Singh, who was on an official tour to Oman, had returned by 4 pm that day, the SAD leader said.

Manjit Singh GK stated that after being elevated as Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi and ministers Mukherjee, P Shivshankar, P V Narasimha Rao and Buta Singh had called a meeting and directed that Indira’s body would be kept for three days at Teen Murti Bhawan.

The DSGMC chief asked Amarinder Singh to wait for the truth to surface before questioning the SAD’s demand for an inquiry into the Gandhi family’s alleged involvement in the riots.


The Times of India – Four Delhi gurdwaras plan to go green

New Delhi-India, 5 February 2018. Four famous Sikh shrines in Delhi, including Rakab Ganj and Bangla Sahib gurdwaras will go green and use solar energy to meet their daily power needs from April.

The four gurdwaras, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, Rakab Ganj, Nanak Piao and Majnu Ka Tila, will get rooftop solar panels with a total capacity of 1 Mega Watt (MW), said Manjit Singh GK, the president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC).

“The commissioning of solar plants will be completed by March-end,” he said, adding a ceremony will be held next week to start work on the project.

A company enlisted with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has been selected through competitive bidding, for executing the project, GK said, adding a power purchase agreement has also been signed and the DSGMC is likely to save around Rs 60 lakh per year as power bill.

The solar project is a tribute to the 7th Sikh Guru Har Rai whose love for the nature and teaching for its preservation inspire the community to take care of the environment, he added.

The DSGMC president said the project will generate around 4,000 units power per day, touching approximately 1.3 million units per year.

“It will allow the gurdwaras to use peak-hour load during the day. The solar project will work on photo voltaic effects and around 3,125 solar panels will be placed on rooftops of these gurudwaras for tapping cheap and clean power,” he said.

Stating that 1 MW solar power reduces 1,300 tons of CO2 emission a year, he expressed hope that over 25 years, the project will reduce around 30,000 metric tons of CO2 emission.

Harjit Singh, who is the head of the renewable energy wing of the DSGMC, said the capacity of the project will be increased from 1 MW to 2 MW to meet growing future demands of these shrines. “Efforts will be made to bring other gurdwaras under the net of clean energy too.”

“Other green measures like biogas project, langar waste and water management, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) energy saving projects are also being implemented by the renewable energy wing,” he added.


Sikh24.com – SGPC and DSGMC to celebrate 300th Birth Anniversary of Sikh General Jassa Singh Ahluwalia

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Amritsar Sahib-Panjab-India, 26 January 2018. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee have decided to celebrate 300th birth anniversary of the great Sikh general Jassa Singh Ahluwalia at large scale in April this year.

Special religious programs have been chalked out in this concern by the SGPC and DSGMC.

Speaking with Sikh24 on January 26, SGPC President Gobind Singh Longowal and DSGMC President Manjit Singh GK informed that a Gurmat Samagam commemorated to 300th birth anniversary of Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia will be held at Gurdwara Manji Sahib Diwan Hall on April 22.

A religious procession will be commenced on April 23 which will conclude at New Delhi on April 27 after traversing various cities and towns of Punjab and Haryana on the way.

They added that programs in relation to Delhi Fateh Diwas will be held on April 27 & 28 in Delhi and Khalsa Sports Meet will be organized on April 29.

The duo leaders said that they were also making efforts to organize programs at village Ahlu of Lahore (Pakistan) which is the birth place of Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia.

DSGMC General Secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa said that these Sikh generals fought relentlessly to end the Mughal Empire from the present day India*. He added that the Indian President and Prime Minister will also be given invitation to attend these celebration programs.

Avtar Singh Hitt from Delhi said on this occasion that it was very unfortunate that the foreigners give so much respect to the bravery of great Sikh generals but Sikhs themselves do not make any effort to apprise our children about such bravery tales.

Budha Dal’s Chief Baba Balbir Singh, Sardar Paramjit Singh Rana, Sardar Harmeet Singh Kalka, Sardar Vijaypal Singh and others were also present on this occasion.

*From present day India ? Not from present day Pakistan ?
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Sikh24.com – Police Complaint Lodged Against Historian Harjinder Singh Dilgeer

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New Delhi-India, 11 December 2017. Speaking with Sikh24, the acting president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Harmeet Singh Kalka said that he has lodged a formal complaint against Sikh historian Harjinder Singh Dilgeer.

“I submitted a police report on December 8 in the Police station of North Avenue against Harjinder Dilgeer for hurting religious sentiments of the Sikh community. I am hoping the police will take action against Mr Dilgeer at the soonest,” he told Sikh24 earlier today.

Kalka’s complaint has been lodged on the basis of some objectionable facts found in the books penned by Harjinder Singh Dilgeer.

Speaking to Sikh24, S Harmeet Singh Kalka said that Harjinder Singh Dilgeer has challenged the sacred visit of Guru Nanak Sahib to Mecca and has also objected on the historic incident of letting a blind and mute person read Hindu Scripture Geeta by placing a stick on his head.

Kalka further told Sikh24 that Harjinder Dilgeer was trying to detract Sikh youths from Sikhi by challenging spiritual aspects of the religion.

Responding to Kalka’s allegations, Dilgeer told Sikh24 that similar complaints need to be filed against Giani Pinderpal Singh, Bhai Banta Singh, Paramjit Singh Rana, Manjit Singh GK and others who speak from the stages of the DSGMC.

“Their stories also raise doubts within the minds of the Sikh community, why aren’t they being challenged,” Dilgeer said in a statement published on his Facebook account.

“I wonder if the Delhi police are going to laugh at the complaint filed by DSGMC or actually take any action”, Dilgeer posted. “DSGMC has filed similar complaints with the court and police in past; however, till date, they have not found any success. “If there was any questionable content in my books, why did the SGPC or DSGMC publish them?”

The DSGMC want us to belief in a Guru who did miracles
The Guru Granth Sahib teaches about the Guru who speaks truth and lives truth
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The Tribune – Mixed response to SGPC stand

Neeraj Bagga, Tribune News Service

Amritsar, 1 October 2017. The SGPC’s decision that its president Kirpal Singh Badungar will not appear before a government-appointed commission probing sacrilege cases has evoked a mixed response.

United Akali Dal (UAD) president Bhai Mohkam Singh said the SGPC move would help those involved in desecration go scot-free. He said the stand proved that the then SAD-BJP government had allegedly played a role in such incidents.

He said most of the desecration cases had occurred in 2015 and 2016 and the Akali government had remained in power for nearly a year and a half since then. He also accused the the government of implicating those Sikhs in false cases who had been searching for culprits.

Former SGPC secretary Manjit Singh Calcutta said the Akal Takht Jathedar never appeared before any court or commission.

However, the Justice Ranjit Singh (retd) Commission had summoned only the SGPC president and sought record of the Akal Takht. He said the SGPC was constituted after the promulgation of an Act and its president could appear in a court, adding that its former presidents had done so in the past.

Meanwhile, Jathedars of three Takhts, including Akal Takht, and other Sikh religious institutions, endorsed the SGPC’s decision.

Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said the Akal Takht was the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs and an independent institute whose record could not be shared.

Takht Damdama Sahib Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh, Damdami Taksal head Giani Harnam Singh Dhumma, Nihang organisations head Baba Balbir Singh, too, supported the SGPC’s decision.

Dhumma accused the Congress government of hatching a conspiracy to interfere in the affairs of the Sikh community.

The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) backed the SGPC’s decision to reject the commission. “This (setting up the commission) is a conspiracy hatched by the Congress to weaken top Sikh institutions. We warn the commission to desist from interfering in the affairs of these institutions,” the DSGMC said.


Sikh24.com – Hawara and Lahoria beaten badly by jailers

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New Dehi-India, 24 September 2017. The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee has demanded a CBI probe into an attack on Sikh detainees, Jathedar Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara and Bhai Daya Singh Lahoria in Tihar Jail.

The Sikh political prisoners were brutally thrashed by jail staffers and others some days ago. It is reported that the CCTV cameras of that area of the jail were switched off during that exact period of time.

Speaking with Sikh24, DSGMC’s legal advisor, Jaswinder Singh Jolly said that the DSGMC President Manjit Singh has written a letter to the CBI Director in this concern.

Labelling the incident as a violation of the jail code, as well as human rights, Jolly said that the minorities were being targeted in the jail deliberately and even records have proven that in Tihar jail, the victims of most incidents were from minorities.