Just days after the entry of Indian government representatives was banned in 14 gurdwaras of Canada’s Ontario province, more gurdwara management committees in Canada and the US followed suit and have now barred Indian officials, RSS and Shiv Sena members from entering gurudwaras under their control. According to a report by The Indian Express, an official announcement about the same was made on Sunday at New York’s Gurudwara Sikh Cultural Society right after a religious congregation organised to observe the death anniversary of Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh, who were given death penalty for teh assassination of former PM Indira Gandhi.
“Total 116 gurdwara management committees had participated in teleconference on Saturday night and 96 of these gurdwaras had confirmed agreement to proposal to bar entry of Indian officials in gurdwaras, along with representatives of RSS and Shiv Sena,” Sikh Coordinator East Cost and American Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee representative, Himmat Singh was quoted as saying in the report.
Sing added that they have tried to reach out to these gurdwaras through e-mails and the numbers are likely to increase in the coming days. Surjit Singh, US president of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), headed by Simranjit Singh Mann, also supported the resolution to ban entry of Indian officials.
On January 4, 16 gurdwaras in British Columbia and Alberta provinces of Canada passed a resolution to bar access to the stage and entry to officials of the Indian government.
“This initiative was moved forward in western Canada by Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar (Surrey, BC) and Gurdwara Dasmesh Culture Centre (Calgary, AB) and a total of 16 Gurdwaras in BC & Alberta agree and support that sewadars of Gurdwara Sahibs reserve the right to bar access to the stage and entry to officials of the Indian government,” the statement read.
“To be clear, no individual is being banned from Gurdwara Sahibs, but Indian representatives in official capacity will not be permitted to address the sangat,” it added.