Sikh bodies flay Makkar for Kumbh participation
“SGPC is participating in Kumbh Mela not to promote Sikhism but to prove that the Sikhs are part of Hindus. This participation can not be seen as representation of Sikh community. Only a political group influenced by RSS has joined. Sikh intellectuals and organisations have registered their opposition to this move of SGPC. Even the members from the ruling SAD opposed this decision. It is a Hindu tradition to take a holy dip during the Kumbh. It is for those who have faith in that philosophy, but the Sikh gurus have clearly rejected such holy baths,” said Hardeep Singh, member SGPC.
Rajinder Singh, a member of Khalsa Panchayat too questioned the move saying that the SGPC “has added a black chapter in the Sikh history by joining those who do not even recognize Sikhism as a separate religion”. “Sikh affairs are not safe with the present management of SGPC. In the past, anti-Sikh forces were working from outside, but now they have full control from within these Sikh institutions,” he added.
Similarly, Karnail Singh Peer Mmohamad of All India Sikh Students Federation said alleged that SGPC has failed to perform its real duties and was “trying to dilute Gurmat.”
Sources said that a few senior members of the SGPC executive also
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