The Tribune – SGPC, Akal Takht back Gurmehar Kaur

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, 1 March 2016. The SGPC and Akal Takht today came out in support of Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur. The 20-year-old student of Lady Shri Ram College recently invited the ire of a certain section of people for propagating India-Pakistan peace.

SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar said it was an unfortunate instance and a section of disgruntled elements should be subjected to harsh punishment for their inhuman approach. He said SGPC officials would soon meet her.

“People threatening the daughter of Captain Mandeep Singh, who laid down his life for the nation, should be liable to face stern legal action,” he said. Similar views were expressed by Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh.

‘Focus on studies’

Jalandhar: While it took much coaxing for the media to get Gurmehar Kaur to talk, when she did, she said precious little. Visibly apprehensive, while speaking to mediapersons gathered at her home on Wednesday, the 20-year-old said she was now just concentrating on her future and was thankful to all those who supported her.

“I don’t want to talk about the past. I am just concentrating on finishing my masters. I’m thankful to all those who have supported me,” said the DU student in her first outing after she withdrew from the campaign against the ABVP on Tuesday amid mounting pressure.

While she was accompanied by her mother and sister Bani, her mother kept telling the media not to ask her anything about the incidents of the past week.


The Tribune – Dera Row: SGPC to form probe panel

DSGMC wants action against Sikh leaders

GS Paul, Tribune News Service

Amritsar, 5 February 2017. A day after the Akal Takht announced to initiate action against the Sikh leaders who recently sought the support of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda for the Punjab elections, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) declared that it would form a committee to probe the matter.

SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar said, “As soon as we receive the official communication from the Akal Takht, we will set up a panel to identify the leaders who attended the dera congregation and ascertain their purpose of going there. As per the Akal Takht Jathedar’s directions, action would be taken on the basis of the probe report.”

Meanwhile, the SAD-backed Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has submitted a complaint with Akal Takht, seeking stern action as per Panthic maryada against the “erring” leaders. “A copy of the complaint has been sent to the SGPC,” said DSGMC chief Manjit Singh GK.

The Akal Takht Jathedar maintained that the 2007 ‘hukumnama’ against dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was intact, while ruling out the resumption of the sect’s ‘satsang’.

In the run-up to the Assembly elections, SAD leaders of nine constituencies of Bathinda and Mansa had attended a meeting of the dera’s religious wing.

Dal Khalsa chief H S Cheema and spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said, “For 72 hours, Giani Gurbachan Singh kept quiet. The moment voting was over, he made an announcement for a probe. This is nothing but an eyewash.”

They observed that the Sikh electorate had already given its verdict against the Akalis for their wrongdoings, including hobnobbing with the Sirsa dera.

The Tribune – Kirpal Singh Badungar for enacting All India Sikh Gurdwara Act

No Kirpal Singh, we need Sikh organisations with Sikh constitutions that work independently from state or national governments ! The SGPC, thanks be to God, has no authority outside Panjab & Haryana. It is a management committee of historical  gurdwaras,  not a religious authority.
We are under Guru Granth, Guru Panth !

Man in Blue

Sarbjit Dhaliwal, Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, 14 December 2016. SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar today said he was all for enacting the All India Sikh Gurdwara Act and would strive hard to get it done.

The SGPC chief said that the draft of the Act had been sent to the Union Home Minister long back. The ministry had raised certain objections after going through it.

“We will do whatever is required to update it and send it back to the Home Ministry,” he said.

The enactment of the All-India Sikh Gurdwara Act was an important demand in the Anandpur Sahib resolution. Though the draft was submitted to the Union Home Ministry, it was perceived that the Shiromani Akali Dal was not interested in pursuing the matter. For that reason, it remained buried for years. Badungar gave a fresh thrust to it today.

He said the SGPC would set up a committee of 31 Sikh NRIs settled in various countries. The committee would be made an associate of the SGPC and would take up the issues related to NRI Sikhs at the appropriate level.

“We are preparing a list of people to include in the committee. One member will also be taken from Pakistan,” he added. “Sikhs face many religious issues abroad like the one related to turban in France.

A need has been felt to form a committee to address such issues and take those up at the diplomatic level through the proper channel, the Government of India,” he said.

“Another 31-member committee will also be set up. Except the states represented by the SGPC, representatives of Sikhs from all other states where Sikhs are settled in the country will be made members of this committee to address the issues raised by them,” he said.

He said that important religious issues are often raised by Sikhs settled in the South, North-East and other regions.