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Pacific Australian Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee Formed

Jan 6, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
April 16, 2011

Australian Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee formed

From ANI

Sydney, Apr 16(ANI): The Sikhs in Australia have decided to set up a separate Australian Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (ASGPC) on the pattern of American Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee.

The Sikh body was formed after the apex Sikh shrines management body in India, the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), failed to address the issues of the community in Australia.

The Sikhs in Canada and Germany have already set up separate Gurdwara management committees to protect the rights of the community. Many other countries are expected to follow the suit.

Dr. Pritpal Singh, convener of the American Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, who is in Australia to mop up support for the cause of the Sikh community, said that 20 leading Sikh Gurdwara Management Committees in Australia decided to form the Australian Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee during a meeting held at Gurdwara Rivesby on Saturday.

He informed that an ad hoc committee has been set up to finalize the constitution and frame of the new Sikh body.

The committee will prepare the draft of the constitution within three months for approval by the 20 Gurdwara Managements.

Mohinder Singh, President of Rivesby Gurdwara, has been appointed President of the ad hoc committee, Parshotam Singh, President of Gurdwara of South Wales, was made Vice-President and Gurbux Singh, from Malbourne Gurdwara, will be the General Secretary.

Dr. Pritpal Singh said that the Sikhs in foreign countries were unhappy with the present Sikh leadership in India, which is holding control over SGPC.

He said that Sikhs living abroad had high hopes from the Sikh leaders, but corruption and nepotism in the Sikh body is not serving the purpose of community.

He said that SGPC was playing to the political tunes of its masters and hardly making any efforts for religious service.

He also emphasized that the new generation of Sikhs in Punjab was inclined towards drugs and social evils only because of lack of awareness on sacrifices made by Sikh Gurus.

He said that the prosperous Sikh communities abroad would try to provide alternative leadership, so that their issues are effectively addressed.

By Ravinder Singh Robin

Copyright Asian News International/DailyIndia.com



May 9, 2006
Okay, noob question here, but does that mean that an Australian Sikh (ie yours truly) should follow what this new ASGPC issues (when it is fully formed)? Like, if they released their own RM? Or would that be a highly unlikely occurance? Do they need India SGPC final "stamp" of approval before they can start running?


Gyani Jarnail Singh

Sawa lakh se EK larraoan
Jul 4, 2004
No the SRM is already in place....after 30 years of WORLDWIDE SANGAT Participation....1920- 1945-48...even the SGPC hasnt changed it..( only NOT FOLLOWED it in gurdwaras takhats under it ....as ALL its paid servants are actually trained in NON-SRM/SGPC seminaries and so they follwo their own maryadas while working for SGPC !!..see how Sikhism/SRM was UNDERMINED in its homeground..) In Fact MORE Overseas Gurdwaras follow the SRM than SGPC Gurdwaras !!

2. The SRM gives more powers to the LOCAL SANGAT. There is no excommunication etc. That is a POLITICAL WEAPON used by the Punjab politicians to defeat their enemies !! Like BADAL can go to a Baba dera every day..no action..he cna go to a Hindu mandir, worship shivling..have tilak, ashes on hsi forehead..NOTHING ( becasue no written complaint is ever received by the Akal Takhat..how convenient )..BUT politicla enmies like Sarna of Delhi often threatened with excommunication...Capt Amarinder so threatened based on rumurs hew ent to ram rahim dera sauda...BUT Badal actually went and had PHOTOS Takena nd published all over...escapes becasue..you guessed it..NO WRITTEN COMPLAINT RECEIVED !!
Its all a big mess...needs DIASPORA ACTION to solve it...the American Sikhs have doen a wonderful job...rest should follow..japposatnamwaheguru:



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