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Ram Row: RSS Excuses Sonia, Targets "SIKH PM" !

Jan 7, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Ram Row: RSS excuses Sonia, targets 'Sikh PM'

New Delhi, September 15:
The RSS has sought to blame Prime Minister Manmohan Singh directly for the controversial affidavit on Lord Ram and pointed to his Sikh faith and its sacred texts that contain numerous references to the revered figure.

An editorial in RSS mouthpiece Organiser alleged that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi would not be able to understand India and its ‘identity Ram’ because of her foreign and Catholic origin.

"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a confirmed religious Sikh, should have known better, for the holy Guru Granth Sahib, holy Gurbani of revered Guru Gobind Singh are known for their salutations to Sri Ram," the Sangh mouthpiece wrote.

"Sonia Gandhi will not know. She will never understand this country. No foreigner can fathom the place of Sri Ram in the lives of the people of this country. Sri Ram is the identity of India. But the UPA action was premeditated and calculated," it said.

The write-up also referred to Gandhi's Catholic origin as it accused the government of regarding Ram as a fiction.

It also found ‘understandable’ Shipping Minister T R Balu's rejection of demands to realign the Sethusamudram project because of his Dravida background.

"The over enthusiasm of T R Balu on the subject is understandable, for he belongs to a creed that always reveled in sympathising with the heroism of Ravana, the abductor of Mata Sita," the editorial said. Earlier this year, the Akal Takht, Sikhism's highest temporal authority, took strong exception to an RSS statement posted on its Website that says Sikhs are part of the great Hindu Samaj.
Jan 7, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Sikhs flay RSS for saying Granth Sahib known for Ram's praise


NEW DELHI: Sikh religious leaders opposed to the BJP on Saturday condemned the RSS for stating in its mouthpiece Organiser that their sacred texts were "known for their salutations to Sri Rama".

"The Guru Granth Sahib is known for its message of monotheism and not for salutations to Lord Rama. The message is one but allusions and references from ancient texts of different faiths are numerous. The RSS' statement is highly condemnable," Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) chief Paramjit Singh Sarna said.

He wondered why the RSS journal "dragged" Sikhism and its sacred book into the Sangh Parivar's row with the Congress-led government over the Rama affidavit.

"We respect all religions and their founders. But what is intriguing is the RSS' attempt to drag Sikhism into its confrontation with the government," he said.

In his comments, senior leader of Punjab's Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and scholar Manjit Singh Calcutta said Sikh religious writings oppose human worship.

"The RSS needs to have a deeper study of gurbani. It is interpreting it with a pre-conceived notion and circulating that interpretation far and wide," Singh, a former Punjab minister, said.

Earlier this year, the Akal Takht, Sikhism' highest temporal authority, warned the RSS over its statement posted on its Website that Sikhs are part of the Hindu Samaj.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has often come under attack from his Akali critics for his links with the BJP.

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