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Radicals criticise Sikh clergy openly at Akal Takht

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    source: The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Amritsar PLUS

    25th anniversary of Operation Bluestar
    Radicals criticise Sikh clergy openly at Akal Takht
    Varinder Walia
    Tribune News Service


    Amritsar, June 12
    Are the Sikh high priests facing open challenge these days? The answer seems to be in affirmative because the leaders of radical Sikh organisations openly defied them (Sikh clergy) on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Operation Bluestar.

    The leaders of radical Sikh organisations came down heavily on Jathedar, Akal Takht, Giani Gurbachan Singh for eulogising the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in his message, delivered from the rostrum of Akal Takht to mark the anniversary of the Operation Bluestar. Though the Jathedar, Akal Takht, called for panthic unity, but minutes after his message, the leaders of rival Akali factions and panthic organisations showed total disunity, in gross violation of his directive.

    The jathedar in his message, delivered from Akal Takht, had appreciated the SGPC for taking steps to rehabilitate the victims of the Operation Bluestar and the Army men who had deserted their barracks after the Army action in June 1984. What annoyed the radicals most was the reference of word “Akali” in his (jathedar’s) message. Though criticism of jathedars have become a routine, yet it was after 1986 that radicals openly criticised the Sikh clergy from the Akal Takht itself.

    The unruly scenes witnessed at Akal Takht could be attributed to the mismanagement of the SGPC and Akal Takht secretariat who failed to make appropriate arrangements to prevent untoward incidents, notwithstanding the tall claims of the authorities. The SGPC’s task force was a silent spectator even as radicals continued to deliver the provocative speeches.

    The mismanagement on the part of the SGPC also gave an opportunity to slogan-shouting radical youths to roam freely with unsheathed swords in the parikarma of the Golden Temple. The SAD (A) president, Simranjit Singh Mann, raised a number of slogans in favour of “Khalsitan” and left the scene.

    However, senior leaders of other radical outfits, especially SAD (Panch Pardhani), led by Daljit Singh Bittu and Harwinder Singh Norway, continued to address the gathering for more than two hours.

    Minutes after the speech of the Jathedar, Akal Takht, leaders of radical Sikh organisations started criticising the SGPC and Sikh clergy in front of Akal Takht through battery-operated public address system. The spokesman for the Damdami Taksal , Bhai Mohkam Singh, asked the Sikh high priests to appear before the “Panj Pyaras” (five beloved ones) of Akal Takht for allowing Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to sit in a chair in one of the rooms of the Takht at the time of starting Akhand Path for speedy recovery of the Sant, injured in Vienna.

    He alleged that the Sikh high priests and SGPC president were sitting on the floor while Badal was sitting in the chair in “gross violation of the maryada”. It was for the first time that the radical Sikhs used harsh words in front of Akal Takht against the jathedar. They alleged that the jathedar appreciated the SGPC, which itself was “responsible” for the circumstances that led to the Operation Bluestar.

    The radical Sikhs openly criticised the Jathedar, Akal Takht, for using the word “Akali” in his speech. The radical Sikhs alleged that the Operation Bluestar was not aimed against Akalis as mentioned in the message of the jathedar. They claimed that it was against Jarnail Singh Bhinderanwale, the then chief of the Damdami Taksal, who had become challenge to the Union Government. Had the SGPC accepted the demand of radical Sikhs to organise the 25th anniversary at Manji Sahib, they could have avoided the unsavoury situation that was witnessed at Akal Takht.
     
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    :crazy:

    any surprises?
     
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    No. And where are we headed with all of this?
     
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    aad ji

    i have a completely diametric opinion on this

    why does SGPC exist?

    it is about control..

    over what?

    remove the object of Desire and the power disappears

    ponder.....
     
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    amar ji

    I asked -- where are we headed with all of this? My opinion is in the scheme of things unimportant.
     
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    i am at loss aad ji

    could you elaborate :D
     
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    i was not talking about the manifestation but the root cause
     
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    In 19th century There was No SGPC .What was the condition of Gurdwara's then ?
    was it better?
     
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    Kds ji

    many people say that people were "better sikhs" then... less "patit" or whatever people like to call

    what about that?
     
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    I take it that the Object of Desire is power, control, money? Maybe all three since trouble tends to come in 3's. There is only one society that I am aware of -- the Semmai I think of Borneo -- who do not have a concept of "leadership" where power and control is vested in one person or in an elevated group.

    All societies develop social structures in order to "control" behavior, and in most instances, to control beliefs an values as well as behavior. Leadership, which is a reflection of how a society allocates the power to control, is one of those structures. In some societies structures are fluid and change; in others they are inflexible. Some societies are more adaptible than others and change more quickly. A society itself creates structures so that reality becomes predictable and every action does not have to be thought out by each person every time a decision is needed. So like it or not, societies control individuals. In fact, through structures they control almost every aspect of our lives.

    The eternal dialectic -- the individual versus the collective -- is always painful for individuals who think as individuals. Sometimes they are cast out. Sometimes they are labeled radicals. Sometimes they are viewed as thugs. Sometimes they are imprisoned for their thoughts or put to death. Sometimes they are viewed as visionaries or heroes. The story above has many of these same lables and elements within it.

    There is no getting away from it. If X is in charge, and Y protests and succeeds, then Y will be in charge, and then Z will complain. So today the SGPC is in control, and tomorrow it will be some other group. Perhaps it will be a better group with a better grasp of issues and the will of the community to lead more effectively and in a different way. But even the new group will have its adversaries and its critics.

    More insights are available from Guru Nanak.
     
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    Of course many sikhs were better then because People use to practice religion more strictly
    in 19 th century.But My question is related with condition of Gurdwara's and their management
     
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    aad ji

    my question is

    1. Objective of Guru Nanak's message
    2. Objective of sikhism
    3. Objective of groups in a religion
    4. Objective of individual who reads/understands Guru Nanak's message

    All seem to be at logger head to each other. OMG
     
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    kds ji

    you answered your questions yourself.
     
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    Criticising SGPC or any Gurdwara committe is like criticising democracy.IF i accept your logic then there should be no democracy.As elections or acquiring any post is all about power and not about service
     
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    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa..Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh...

    "saara kursi da kehl hai" (whole game is about power )

    no body wants to loose power and are slaves of politicians....has Guru Ji created such sikhs... everybody wants to be Jathedaar, president...even in local Gurdwaras.....(not all).....

    Chardi Kala......
     
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    lol

    KDS ji

    SGPC is way different from Democracy.

    their elections are not democratic.

    also,

    i am not even talking about SGPC's management/mismanagement

    key point is: WHY do we even need SGPC or even Gurudwaras?
     

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