Former SGPC secretary Manjit Singh Calcutta on Friday lashed out at Kuldeep Nayar for the veteran journalist's opposition to construction of a memorial to those who died during Operation Bluestar by the SGPC in the Golden Temple complex.
"It is not the Sikhs who owe an explanation to the nation, but the nation owes them an explanation for betraying the Sikh community time and again," Calcutta said in a statement here. He was reacting to Nayar's views expressed in a recent write-up that the Sikhs owed an explanation to the nation on the memorial.
He sought to remind the veteran journalist of the promises made in the Rajiv-Longowal pact, which to this day had not been fulfilled. The former SGPC secretary suggested that Nayar take a peep into the events that led to Operation Bluestar and after.
"A war cry has been raised against the present Punjab chief minister for merely forwarding a mercy petition of Balwant Singh Rajoana and against the SGPC for the Operation Bluetsar memorial. Even after more than two decades, those responsible for the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 have not been punished and nobody has raised a voice for giving the Sikhs justice," said Calcutta.
Calcutta also reminded Nayar of the high esteem in which Akalis held him for speaking out against the 1984 riots. He also hit out at Nayar for his suggestion to scrap the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925, governing the SGPC, a statutory body under the Act.
Meanwhile, the Dal Khalsa, in a separate statement, took a dig at Nayar for recommending to the Centre the scrapping of the Sikh Gurdwara Act. Dal Khalsa spokesman Kanwarpal Singh asked Nayar to return the honour he had received from the SGPC in 2006.