“GOI Should Fulfill Every Promise Made To The Sikhs Since The Partition Of India”, Says Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib

During a congregation held at the historic Gurdwara Manji Sahib at Diwan Hall in Sri Amritsar Sahib on the Parkash Purb of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, officiating jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Harpreet Singh, said to gain the trust of Sikhs, the Centre should sincerely fulfil every promise made to them since Partition.

“The motive of the martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur was to provide the right to practice any faith/religion to everyone, but today in India, the religious beliefs of minorities are being suppressed. Sikh issues are not being resolved. The promises made to the Sikhs since Partition have not been fulfilled so far and that is why there is an environment of disbelief among the Sikhs,” he said.

Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib stressed that the Union Government should fulfill every promise made to the Sikhs since the partition of the country so that trust could be restored. He said that there was no secret that Sikhs were being attacked today. Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh in his address also asked for a united response to the attacks on Gurbani under a well thought out conspiracy.

He said that in the past a person named Thaminder Singh Anand had distorted and published Gurbani in connection with which a Panthic meeting has been convened on May 3 at Akal Takht. A concrete decision will be taken from Sri Akal Takht Sahib according to whatever consensus is formed during this gathering.

He also appealed to the Sikhs living abroad to make efforts to connect their future generations with Sikh history and Sikh doctrines.

Advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami, President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak , also appealed to the Government of India to resolve the Sikh issues on the occasion of the 401st birth anniversary of the ninth Patshah Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib. He said that the ninth king had raised his voice against those who were suppressing the values of religion, but today his followers were being prevented from guarding the humanity of religion in the country. Sometimes the issues of kirpan and sometimes turban etc. are being deliberately confused and it is a pity that despite writing to the governments such incidents are not stopping. He appealed to the government to take a serious Stance on these issues.

“Today when the Union Government was also organizing ceremonies at the Red Fort in Delhi, it would have been better if the Prime Minister had dedicated himself to Guru Sahib to release Sikh prisoners, hand over the management of Sikh shrines to the Panth and Sikhs and to announce concrete steps against racial attacks in the country”, he further added.

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