Controversial Badal To Be Honored With "Panth Rattan Fakhar-e-Quam" Title At Sri Akal Takht Sahib

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Jan 7, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
November 26, 2011

Badal to be Honored with "Panth Rattan Fakhar-e-Quam" Title at Sri Akal Takht Sahib

Takht Jathedars, Nihang Leaders and Sants Become PR Puppets for Badal-BJP Alliance

Sri Anandpur Sahib (KP) - During the grand opening ceremony of "Virasat-e-Khalsa" complex that orchestrated by the Punjab government at Sri Anandpur Sahib, the Takht Jathedar announced that on December 5th, 2011 they would be honoring Parkash Badal for his "monumental seva to the Khalsa Panth" by giving him the title of "Panth Rattan Fakhar-e-Quam" (Jewel of the Panth, Pride of the Nation.)


Badal given Siropa by Takht Jathedars for his "gift" to the Humanity

The opening ceremony had already been marred by controversy when Sikh organizations discovered that various anti-Sikh personalities had been invited for entertainment as VIPs to the event.

Despite the call for boycott and a warning by Panthic organizations that this function was just another publicity stunt by the ruling Badal family for the upcoming elections, members of various Nihang Dals, and sant oriented deras were present during the ceremony in which religious traditions were disregarded and flouted.

The function stage was controlled by former Member of Parliament Tarlochan Singh who is infamous for his surreptitious connections with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and various Indian intelligence agencies. He has openly condemned the Sikh Freedom Movement of the 1980s and 1990s, and has even criticized the idea of establishing a memorial for the victims of June 1984 Army Assault of Sri Darbar Sahib Complex. Sri Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, meanwhile, had virtually a nil role in the entire proceedings – despite being labeled as the highest ranking Sikh leader of the Panth.

Instead, the entire attention and praise was directed towards Parksh Badal throughout the ceremony. Tarlochan Singh gave the entire credit for building the complex to Paraksh Badal, and stated that this complex was his “gift” to the Panth and entire humanity. Shamelessly both Badal and Tarlochan Singh asked the attendees to support the Badals in the future so they could continue providing such services to the Panth – a direct hint and a plea for votes for upcoming state elections.


Badal Family and various BJP politicians in VIP area on sofas in front row, representatives of Nihang Dals and Sant Deras can bee seen sitting on plastic chairs in the back rows

Even the sacred “Ardas” was not spared from politics. Performed by Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib Jathedar Giani Tarlochan Singh while most of the attendees stood wearing shoes; Parkash Badal’s name was mentioned no less than one half dozen times. The Jathedar in the Ardas asked for the “charrdi-kala” of Parkash Badal who had “gifted Virasat-e-Khalsa” complex to humanity. Ridiculously, Sukhbir Badal later went on to state that this complex was now to be the “eighth wonder of the world.”

Despite the call for boycott of this function by various Sikh organizations, leaders of various Nihang Dals and sant-doms could be seen sitting in the audience behind the Akali BJP politicians and “VIPs.” Other members of Nihangs Dals were strategically placed throughout the complex on horse-back and on elephants for dramatic effect.

It was clear that this was no religious function, but political publicity rally for the Akali-BJP-Sant-Samaj combine in which Takht Jathedars and Nihangs were used mostly as side-show puppets for cheap publicity by disgraced leaders.


Shameless Promotion of Badal was evident throughout the Complex

It is sad to see our Takht Jathedars and organizations such as Budha Dal and Tarna Dal, which once lead the entire Sikh Nation and from whom kings like Raja Ranjit Singh trembled, now being relegated to being cronies of traitorous apostates like the Badals who have been undermining the sacred institutions of the Khalsa Panth and supported anti-Sikh causes for the last three decades.

By honoring Parkash Badal with a "Panth Rattan Fakhar-e-Quam", the Takht Jathedars will be repeating the role of the traitorous Jathedar Aroor Singh who under the directions of the British-controlled Punjab Government denigrated his noble position by endowing General Dyer, the villain of Jallianwala Bagh massacre, a similar honor at Sri Akal Takht Sahib.

Jan 7, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Badal draws flak from Sikh bodies over award

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 26

Various Sikh organisations have reacted sharply to the Akal Takht Jathedar's announcement to award Panth Rattan Faqr-e-Qaum to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at Anandpur Sahib yesterday.

Former SGPC secretary and Shiromani Panthic Council chairman Manjeet Singh Calcutta, in a release issued here today, termed the announcement as "unprincipled" and said among Sikhs such an award was given to an individual for his services to the "Panth". He said there are several deserving Sikhs like Bhai Veer Singh, Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha, Prof Jodh Singh and Prof Mohan Singh who have served the religion immensely.

"If Badal has been given this award merely for raising memorials, then there are many Babas who have done a great contribution with their kar sewa," he said.

DSGMC chief Paramjit Singh Sarna said the five Sikh high priests should tell the community as to why they should feel proud of Badal. "Should we be proud of the fact that Sikhism is on the decline in Punjab under the SAD-ruled SGPC?" said Sarna. "Golden Temple's Head Granthi Bhai Jaswinder Singh himself stated at Anandpur Sahib yesterday that 90 to 95 per cent Sikh youth in Punjab had become 'patit' (apostate)."

Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwarpal Singh said the announcement had led to mockery of the significance of the award. Addressing the media in Hoshiarpur, he said, “Badal is not Faqr-e-quam (pride of the community) but fiqr-e-quam (headache for the community).”

SAD (1920) senior vice-president Raghubir Singh Rajasansi said the Jathedar should review the matter.

Meanwhile, Khalra Mission Organisation chief Harmandeep Singh Sarhali said the Sikh Panth would never acknowledge the award bestowed upon the CM as it was against the teachings of Sikh Gurus. He accused Badal of "rewarding the officials who worked against Sikh interests in the 1984 Operation Bluestar and the subsequent turbulent days of militancy in Punjab".

BJP for Nobel to CM

BJP leader Tikshan Sud has sought Nobel Peace Prize for Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for his “service to humanity as well as world peace during his political career”.

Oct 21, 2009
A Request
Anyone who is well versed with the Provisions of Gurudwara Act, 1925 may kindly contact me for clarification on some points. It shall be my endeavor to see that some thing is done so that Indian Courts are not approached to minimize the Government’s Intervention and some amendments are carried out in the Act itself. Much to the shame of Panth, in July, the issue of eligibility of Shajdharis to vote in election was decided by the Indian Courts. Our Panth is divided over the issues and there has to be unity amongst us.

If we want to let the above not happen, we shall have to invoke the writ Jurisdiction of the Courts as per constitutional provisions and the matter may go to the Courts again and it shall be in the interests of all Politicians be it BJP, Congress or RSS.
Oct 11, 2006
"BJP leader Tikshan Sud has sought Nobel Peace Prize for Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for his “service to humanity as well as world peace during his political career”."

BJP will be happy to confer every award on people like Badal and co. who are gadaars of the Kaum and gradually undermining every institution of Sikhism.:angryyoungsingh:
Apr 15, 2010
new delhi
je badal ne sikhi di koi seva kiti hundi.. sikhi ton patit ho rahe noujwana te koi tthal payi hundi ya sri amritsar sahib varge pavitter shehar nu dry city bna ditta hunda. punjab ch nasheyan ch dubdi jwani nu bacha lya hunda tan te eh panth ratan da khitab asal vich ditta jana shobhda hai. per hun jis maksad lyi ditta ja reha hai uh vi akal takhat te..??
ki kahiye panth di jameer hi mari gyi hai...
Jan 7, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Letter to the Editor

SO, the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Gurbachan Singh, is going to confer a khitaab on Parkash Singh Badal. He is henceforth to be known as Panth Rattan, Faqr-e-Qaum. Historically, it has been a rare thing for the Akal Takht to confer any sort of title. Even Sher-e-Punjab, the epithet by which Maharaja Ranjit was known was a matter of popular acclaim with no Panthic connotation. But then, naturally, Maharaja Ranjit Singh hardly bears comparison with Parkash Singh Badal.

Perhaps this is only the beginning and more titles will soon be rolling out of the Akal Takht. One can easily think of others who are (almost) as deserving of the Panth Rattan honour – Bibi Jagir Kaur, K.P.S. Gill, or Nihang Ajit Singh Phoola or Ajit Singh Sandhu.

The main criterion for receiving this honour is that the person must have blood on his or her hands. They must be acclaimed by ghostly voices such the dead and disappeared of 1984 through 1994, or that of the pregnant Harpreet Kaur. The late Akal Takht Jathedar Gurdev Singh Kaunke would certainly speak up for Parkash Singh and so would MP Jagdev Singh Khudian.

The new Panth Rattan will be remembered for suffering behind bars in Coimbatore throughout the dangerous days of the ’80s and ’90s. At that time, he even sent his young son into exile to the distant America. What sacrifice!

Badal makes quite a choice as an example for the Panth. His name will surely become a byword for Rattan (although maybe a different spelling would be more accurate).

Inderjit Singh Jaijee
Sector 36, Chandigarh


Gyani Jarnail Singh

Sawa lakh se EK larraoan
Jul 4, 2004
btw I am more interested in the list that contains the..Gadreh-Kaum, the excommunicated, the ones BANNED etc by this group of syncophants....THOSE will be the REAL Diamonds..the Kaum de Heereh....Gurbaksh Singh Kala Afghana, Prof darshan Singh etc..and earlier ones Gyani Gurditt Singh Bhag Singh Ambala etc... Badal as FK is in good company of general Dyer of jallianwala baagh massacre..that Gora too was awareded the fakhre kaum once by simialr syncophant jathedars...
Jan 7, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Announcement of religious award for Badal invites strong criticism

by Parmjit Singh

Published: November 30, 2011

- Dal Khalsa writes to Parkash Singh Badal

- Panch Pardhani equates him with traitor Dogras

- Sikh Federation Australia raised opposition with Giani Gurbachan Singh

Ludhiana, Punjab (November 30, 2011): Announcement of Panth Rattan: Fakhar-e-qaum honour for Punjab chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, by Giani Gurbachchan Singh Jathedar of Akal Takhat has invited a strong wave of criticism from Sikh circles across the globe.

Many Sikh organizations of Punjab such as Shiromani Akali Dal (Panch Pardhai), Dal Khalsa, Sikh Students Federation and AISSF (Peer Mohammad) have already expressed their opposition in this regard. Similarly, there is strong wave of criticism for the proposed move among Sikh diaspora circles also.

Ludhiana: "Badal shall get single-line mention"- Panch Pardhani

Equating Punjab CM and patron of ruling Badal Dal, Parkash Singh Badal with Dogras, who betrayed the Khalsa Raj established by Maharaja Ranjeet Singh, Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur, Media Committee member of Shiromani Akali Dal (Panch Pardhani), said that Badal would get only single-line mention in Sikh history like Dogras.

"Dogras find their mention that: they betrayed the Khalsa Raj, though they were enjoying political seats at that time. Likewise Parkash Singh Badal will find similar mention that: Badal betrayed the Sikh nation, though he is enjoying political power now days." added Manjhpur.

Melbourne, Australia: SFA raised opposition with Giani Gurbachan Singh

Sikh Federation of Australia has already submitted it’s opposition with Giani Gurbachan Singh over phone. "Jathedar has told us to send opposition in writing and we shall be doing so very soon, along with signatures of thousands of Sikhs living in Australia", Jaspreet Singh Karnal and Gurtej Singh Akali told Sikh Siyasat Network.

Constructing opposition on social networking

Similarly, a campaign against this proposed move has already begin on social networking website Facebook. Groups like "Qaumi Awaaz Radio Program" are organizing this campaign.

Amritsar: Dal Khalsa writes to Parkash Singh Badal urging him to withdraw his name for Panth Rattan title

Alleging that Parkash Singh Badal is neither dutiful nor faithful to the Panth, the Dal Khalsa in a communique has urged him (Badal) to withdraw his name for Panth Rattan Faqr-e-quam title.

In a memo faxed to Chief Minister, the party’s political secretary Kanwar Pal Singh said the arbitrary decision of Jathedar Gaini Gurbachan Singh to bestow the title of ‘Panth Rattan’ on Badal at Akal Takht on Dec 5 has plunged the community into crisis.

According to the letter, the proposal by the jathedar Gaini Gurbachan Singh was an outcome of the sycophancy culture prevailing in the society and argued as to how the decision of the Jathedar was not influenced by merit.

Defining the Panth, the letter states, "It’s an embodiment of the collective consciousness of the Sikhs (in the light of Sikh principles and ideology and not numerical strength).

Arguing as who should be considered for this honour, he said ‘the one whose contribution towards the Panth is selfless, remarkable and unparalleled and whose dedication is unflinching’.

Taking a dig at Badal, he said it has never been "your aim to stand for the Panth or if need be make the supreme sacrifice for the Panthic cause".

"In fact, your motto has never been ‘Panth first’. Your first and last priority has always been self, to remain in power and enjoy pelf and privileges at all cost or at any cost", reads the letter.

It further states, "you could be anyone but not Panthic, that’s for sure and this impression is widespread even outside Panthic circles. It’s this non-Panthic character of Badal that makes him ‘most favoured’ (Sikh) politician’ in the eyes of country’s political establishment".

The radical group however, accepted that Badal was a tall leader of Punjab and successful politician with secular credentials. Acknowledging his participation in various agitations and years spent behind bars, Kanwar Pal Singh pointed out that Badal has earned maximum political capital out of it.

In the history of the Akal Takht, Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra, Sant Singh Maskin and Jasbir Singh Khannewale were conferred with the honour of Panth Rattan that too posthumously. And this decision of Akal Takht to bestow the title posthumously is based on certain principle and that is ‘to err is human’, said he. The letter further stated that Bhagat Kabir ji, says in Guru Granth Sahib on page 1366: Your boat is still out at sea; who knows what will happen.

The letter pleaded that since Badal was the leader of the party that nominates the president of the SGPC and appoints Jathedar Akal Takht, it’s he who should voluntarily ‘refuse to accept the title of Panth Rattan’ as the Jathedar can’t be of any help to bring the community out of crisis.

The letter concluded with a hope that Badal would see the reasoning behind the Panthic outcry and would turn down the offer made by the Jathedar of Akal Takht.


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