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Controversial Sikh Groups Warn Against Reverting To Bikrami Calendar


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004

Sikh Groups Warn Against Reverting To Bikrami Calendar


AMRITSAR – A day before the Sikh clergy meeting, Sikh organisations supporting the original Nanakshahi calendar today said the Sikh high priests should not give in to the Sant Samaj’s demand of reverting to the Bikrami calendar and instead should work on building a consensus before taking a final decision on the matter. A couple of delegations also met the Akal Takht Jathedar here today.Expressing concern over the possibility of further changes in the Nanakshahi calendar, the American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (AGPC) urged Akal Takht to take all the Sikh organisations, including the AGPC, into confidence before taking any decision.Talking to The Tribune, AGPC coordinator Pritpal Singh alleged that efforts were on to completely do away with the Nanakshahi calendar “under the influence of the RSS”. They said such a move would not be acceptable to the Sikh Panth.The US leaders said Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singhmust convene a meeting of the Panth and seek the opinion of all concerned before taking any decision. “We will not allow the SGPC to do away with the Nanakshahi calendar,” he said, adding that they had already adopted the original calendar.

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