Gurdwara Sudhar Lehar II launched at Fatehgarh Sahib
**It is worth noting that although there was a huge turnout of many huge panthic personalities, the Indian media gave no mention of it in any papers or broadcast channels.**
Fathegarh Sahib- August 4- In a bid to drag the Panthic ground from beneath the feet of Parkash Singh Badal, the major political, social as well as religious bodies representing the voice of the Sikh Nation today launched another Gurdwara Reform Movement after the span of almost one century.
The announcement to this effect was made at a Convention held at the historic Gurdwara to mark the 24th anniversary of Dharam Yudh Morcha. The occasion was the bhog ceremony of Akand Path Sahib organized by the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) in lieu of Sewa pronounced by the Five Singh Sahibans on party president Simranjit Singh Mann and five other activists on July 18.
Addressing the mammoth gathering Mr Mann announced the constitution of a Panthic Committee, comprising representatives of all groups representing the entire spectrum of Sikh polity, to streamline the working of the movement.
The upbeat mood of the organizers was evident as they announced a series of programmes to checkmate Badal on the religious domain. In order to embarrass Jathedar of the Akal Takht, the conglomerate of the Panthic bodies decided to assemble at Akal Takht on a daily basis to impress upon Jathedar Joginder Singh to pursue all pending cases of maryada violation against Badal, his coterie and Rashtriya Singh Sangat. The Jatha of 51 members would go to Akal Takht starting from August 16 and after reciting Gurbani for two hours they would hand over a memo to Jathedar reminding of his role and responsibility in bringing the violators of maryada and traditions to book, said Mr Mann amidst slogans of Bole So Nihal and Raj Karega Khalsa. The first Jatha will comprise of the entire senior leadership of the Panthic Committee and on the first day, the Panthic Committee will place a Black Report Card of all the acts of omission and commission of Badal and Co., said Mr. Mann.
To give sleepless nights to the present incumbent of the SGPC, Mr Avtar Singh the organizers declared the formation of a shadow SGPC. Though the SGPC was conceived as the Sikh parliament, it has not been functioning as such said Manjit Singh Calcutta, chairman of the Sikh Mission (International). To set an example of how the SGPC should function, what should be the qualities of an SGPC member and what should be the relationship between the Akal Takht and the SGPC members, a shadow SGPC comprising the present SGPC members of all Panthic groups and other leaders would be made public shortly, said Mr Calcutta. He further said that the body would also work to create a consolidated fund for the smooth, uninterrupted and non-coercive working of the Akal Takht Jathedar and his companion Jathedars.
He narrated the audience of the background and basis that led to the launching of First Gurdwara Reform Movement in early nineties and the Dharam Yudh Morcha in 1982. He said the positive outcome of the First Reform Movement was the formation of the SGPC and the creation of the Sikh code of conduct.
Launching a frontal attack against Badal, Parmjit Singh Sarna, president of the Akali Dal (Delhi) said the coward and corrupt Badal was sponsoring and furthering petty interests at the cost of the interests of the Sikh Nation. He said at the behest of Badal, Gurdwaras and other Sikh institutions, run by the SGPC have become the stronghold of anti-Sikh forces threatening the fundamentals of the Sikh religion and foisting upon the Sikh people, an alien culture, language, thought, religion and political processes.
Addressing the gathering, Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, president of the SAD (Longowal), said the pseudo-Akali leadership was denigrating the status of Akal Takht Sahib by systematically demeaning the institution and undermining the authority of the Jathedar of Akal Takht Sahib and other Jathedars. The Congress-BJP-RSS triumvirate by their constant interference in the Sikh religious affairs was vitiating the religious and political climate of Panjab.
Listing the religious, social, and cultural demands for the Sikhs, Satnam Singh Paonta Sahib, president of Dal Khalsa said the present Akali leadership led by Badal bitterly failed to get these demands and issues resolved. He said thousands have suffered ignominy at the hands of the Indian police and security forces which were executing the genocidal policy of the Indian state.
Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu, senior vice-president of the SAD (A) said we were the inheritors of the Panthic legacy. He said since last two decades, we have consistently upheld the interests of the Sikh nation and have resisted the onslaught of the Indian state including anti-Sikh forces –Congress, BJP and RSS. In continuance of our commitment, we have decided to start Gurdwara Sudhar Lehar II.
Those who addressed the gathering were Prof Jagmohan Singh, Rajinder Singh (Khalsa Panchayat), Kanwar Pal Singh, Dr Jagjit Singh Chauhan, Jaswant Singh Mann, Bhai Tarsem Singh, SGPC members Ravinder Pal Singh, Karnail Singh Panjoli and Harcharan Singh Burjhari, Bhai Mohkam Singh, Darshan Singh Issapur.
The names which figure on the high profile list of the Panthic Committee include Simranjit Singh Mann, Daljit Singh, Bhai Ram Singh, Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, Hardeep Singh Mohali, Karnail Singh Panjoli, Paramjit Singh Sarna, Singh, Prof. Harminder Singh, Harvinder Singh Sarna, Bhai Tarsem Singh, Ravi Inder Singh, Ranjit Singh Chajjalwaddi, Darshan Singh Issapur, Manjit Singh Calcutta, Justice Ajit Singh Bains, Satnam Singh Paonta Sahib, Jaspal Singh Dhillon, Rajinder Singh, Jarnail Singh Nawan Shahr, Navkiran Singh Advocate, Baba Harnam Singh Dhuma, Bhai Ram Singh, Bhai Mohkam Singh, Rajinder Pal Singh, Dr. Jagjit Singh Chohan, Jaswant Singh Mann , Giani Harinder Singh, Mandhir Singh Narain Singh Amrik Singh Dharmi Fauji, Gurkirpal Singh, Baba Sarobjot Singh Bedi, Sant Baljit Singh Daduwal, Jaswinder Singh, Jagdish Singh (Haryana SGPC member), Dr. Gurcharan Singh Sirsa, J & K Gurdwara Management Committee representative --Sudarshan Singh Wazir, Karnail Singh Pir Mohammed, Nihang Baba Deep Singh and Balwinder Pal Singh Thekedar.