News Akal Takht Releases Amended Nanakshahi Calendar In Haste (also In Punjabi)


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Akal Takht releases amended
Nanakshahi calendar in haste
Perneet Singh
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, February 17
Apparently prompted by the presence of Pal Singh Purewal in the holy city, Akal Takht and the SGPC swung into action and released the amended Nanakshahi calendar within moments of the end of Purewal’s press conference here today.

The release of the calendar was originally scheduled for Chet 1 (March 14), which is the first day of the Nanakshahi calendar. However, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and SGPC President Avtar Singh released the calendar at the Akal Takht Secretariat in an impromptu media gathering.

Justifying the early release of the calendar, the Jathedar said: “It is the right of Akal Takht to release the calendar whenever it wishes. Also the calendar needs to be sent to the Sikh sangat living far off ahead of the start of the new year.”

Apparently taking on Purewal, he said: “I appeal to the Sikh sangat to observe the events as per this calendar to uphold the respect of Akal Takht and follow the Takht’s edicts for the unity of the community.”

On the other hand, the SGPC President lashed out at Purewal and dubbed him egoistic. “It is not his personal calendar. The changes have been made as per the sentiments of the Sikh community and all rights to bring about any change lie with Akal Takht,” he added.

On clashing of events and other anomalies, he said: “We will cross the bridge when we reach it.”


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