Noted journalist Kuldip Nayar has submitted his apology to Sikhs for unintentionally hurting the feelings of the community in some chapters of his book, 'Beyond the Lines: An Autobiography'.
In a statement released to the media by another senior journalist Satnam Manak on his behalf, Nayyar said, "I have always raised my voice for justice and genuine demands of the Sikh community. I have always championed the cause of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiyat. There is a long history about such activities."
Manak is Nayar's close aide, especially on Punjab-related issues."During the sad happenings of Operation Bluestar and the Sikh massacre in November 1984, I joined prominent citizens like Inder Kumar Gujral, Air Marshal Arjan Singh, Gen Jagjit Singh and justice Rajinder Sachar to raise voice against the excesses committed on the Sikh community," Nayar added.
He assured that "objectionable" portions of the book would be removed from the next editions. "I had no intention of hurting the feelings of Sikhs, so I have decided to remove portions to which objections have been raised and these would not be printed in the next editions of the book. Still, if some portions have hurt the feelings of some sections, I regret and apologise," Nayar said in the statement stated.
Nayar courted controversy by claiming that Dal Khalsa was "blessed" by the Congress and that All India Sikh Student Federation leader Bhai Amrik Singh was an agent of the IB (intelligence bureau).
The Dal Khalsa was the first to ask Nayar to apologise for his "false accusations", terming his autobiography "vilified propaganda" against Sikh personalities and Panthic groups. The Khalsa Action Committee has already convened a meeting of all Sikh groups on July 20 in Amritsar to chalk out a strategy against Nayar's allegations.