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Tampering with Nanakshahi Calendar Unacceptable Unbearable says Sikh Youth of Punjab

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    Tempering with Nanakshahi calendar unacceptable, unbearable, says
    'Sikh Youth of Punjab'

    Punjab Newsline Network
    Saturday, 26 December 2009

    HOSHIARPUR: At its first annual conference, the activists of Sikh
    Youth of Punjab from all over the state emphasized on the need to
    focus on education and skill development if the community has to
    realize its potential in the next 25 years.

    There was a consensus amongst the participants that the young boys
    and girls of the state should change the trend of 'running to western
    countries' for better lives as their absence has been filled by heavy
    inflow of migrants that have posed threat to language, culture and
    peace in the state. The resolution to this effect was adopted on the occasion.

    Earlier, the delegates of the youth organization elected Gurpreet
    Singh Mann their next president for the term of 1 year and authorized
    him to resurrect the organizational structure afresh.

    Around 300 delegates of the organization from Punjab today converged
    at local Gurdwara and choose Mann to lead the party.

    Mr Mann's name was proposed by the outgoing president Ranbir Singh,
    which was unanimously approved by the house. Mr Mann, 34 who hails
    from Jalandhar is engineer by profession. He did B.E. in 1998 from
    Bidar College, Karnataka.

    It is pertinent to mention that the "Sikh youth of Punjab' was formed
    on Dec 21 last year with an aim to promote the spirit of Sikh
    Nationalism and to instill a sense of pride among young Sikhs for
    their own religious and cultural identity.

    Exercising his power vested on him by the delegates, he appointed
    Prabhjot Singh as vice-president, Saravkar Singh as general secretary
    and Noblejeet Singh as organizing secretary. He also named 5 other
    office bearers including Tarjinder Singh from Gurdaspur, Karan Singh,
    Jagsir Singh. A 30 member working committee was also named to
    streamline the working of the organization.

    Mr Mann during the three hour meeting repeatedly asked party
    activists to strengthen the SYP at College and University level and
    underlined the fact that there should be no laxity on the part of
    party workers.

    As a guest speaker, Dal Khalsa president H S Dhami exhorted the youth
    to be on the forefront to lead the movement against drug menace and
    apostasy to its logical end.

    "I salute the valour and contribution of Sikh youth for the just
    cause. It is high time for them to come on the forefront of the
    non-violent movement for justice and dignity of the Sikh people.
    Youth can act as catalysts to strengthen our movement," Dhami said.

    Another speaker Kanwar Pal Singh expressed concern over the denial of
    the status of holy city to Amritsar. "While a number of other cities
    like Varanasi and Hardwar have been declared as holy by the so-called
    secular government of India, they have been steadfast in ignoring the
    claims of Amritsar, says Dal Khalsa leader.

    The conference through a resolution reiterated its unflinching
    respect for Guru Granth Sahib and appeals to one and all to flush out
    all such cults and deras that have been cropped up to undermine the
    basic fundamentals of the Sikh religion. The resolution further reads
    " by using the teaching and hymns of the Gurus as enshrined in the
    Guru Granth Sahib, a number of cults have mushroomed all over the
    Panjab and elsewhere, purporting to be the true heirs to the Sikh
    legacy. He asked the Sikhs to oppose the cultist activities of the
    Sauda dera and Mahant Aushotosh.

    In another resolution the gathering warned the SGPC against tempering
    with the Nanakshahi calendar. Instead of amending three dates
    including Guru Nanak's birth anniversary, Bandi Chorr Divas and Hola
    Mohalla that has been inherited from Bikrami calendar, the SGPC is
    doing otherwise. It is hell bent to kill the basic purpose and spirit
    behind the formation of the calendar, which is true manifestation of
    the separate and unique identity of the Sikh Nation.
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