Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, on Monday, called upon all Sikh members of Parliament (MPs) to raise issues concerning the Sikh community in both the Houses -- Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
“Irrespective of party affiliations, all Sikh MPs should raise matters concerning the community in the Parliament. The MPs must continue to raise the issue of the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 and the denial of justice to the families who lost their near and dear ones in this massacre.
Other cases of atrocities committed on Sikhs also need to be highlighted so that members of communities know about our problems and difficulties,” the Jathedar stated in a statement issued by the Akal Takht secretariat in Amritsar.
The jathedar signalled out Anandpur Sahib’s Akali MP Prem Singh Chandumajra for praise, saying, “He has constantly been raising issues concerning the community. He has time and again highlighted the denial of justice to the ‘84 riot families.”
Referring to the recent debate in the Parliament over the issue of intolerance (religious and others), the jathedar said for checking this, the public must be made aware of the verses from “gurbani” that highlight the religious and other forms of tolerance.
“It is due to these verses that the Sikh community is gifted with the spirit of tolerance, which helps them to respect all religions,” he added.
The jathedar also made a reference to cases of sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib as well as the cases where disrespect had been shown to the Sikh scripture. He advised all Sikhs to show tolerance in such matters and approach the judicial courts instead of taking the law into their own hands.
SGPC objects to gurbani quotes on German product
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar has taken exception to the use of verses from the “gurbani” by a pharmaceutical company of Germany on one of its products .
He claimed that “gurbani” verses were printed on labels (of bottles) of an anti-allergic product manufactured by the company. “This product is being sold in the market in Germany,” he added.
He said the company had tendered an apology to the Sikhs after some of the community members settled in Germany brought this to the notice of the company officials.
However, he demand that the company remove and destroy all labels containing “gurbani” verses, including from bottles of the medicine that had made their way to the retail markets in that country.