Spin ace Harbhajan Singh has run into trouble with the Sikh clergy again, this time over a dance-based reality TV show in which he appeared dressed like Ravana and wore vermilion on his forehead (
Taking strong exception to Harbhajan's act on Ek Khiladi, Ek Haseena, a show broadcast by Colors, acting Akal Takht (Sikhism's highest temporal authority) jathedar Gurbachan Singh has asked the cricketer to tender an unconditional apology to the community.
“By presenting himself as Ravana and applying tilak, Harbhajan Singh has violated Sikh religious tenets, besides hurting the sentiments of the community. His make-up… was disgusting,” the jathedar, Sikh high priest, said.
Harbhajan was paired opposite to television star Mona Singh, who played Sita.
On an earlier occasion, the cricketer had to apologise to the community after Sikh religious organisations objected to the offie appearing in an advertisement for a liquor firm with his hair undone.
Sikh men are required to keep their hair tied in a turban all the time. The religion also prohibits liquor.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has been seeking permanent representation on the Censor Board to avoid “misrepresentation of Sikhs”.