Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (ad hoc) leader Didar Singh Nalwi has demanded a panel of eminent Sikhs to assess the role of various institutions of the faith, including the Akal Takht jathedar.
Referring to the developments since the Akal Takht pardoned controversial Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for alleged blasphemy and then withdrew the decision, Nalwi said the Sikh institutions had become tools in the hands of politicians. On Friday, he told HT that Sikh high priests and the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), religious parliament of the faith, functioned in a non-transparent manner.
“A panel of vice-chancellors, progressive writers, retired judges and other Sikhs of impeccable integrity should discuss the relevance of retaining all five jathedars in modern times. If they are relevant, their appointments and functioning should be re-looked into and all Sikh institutions should be subjected to public scrutiny, leaving no scope of taking decisions in locked rooms,” Nalwai said.
“In the present chaos, Sikh sangat is confused by what people holding important religious seats are doing. The Akal Takht jathedar’s giving clean chit to the Sirsa dera head smacks of political pressure from the ruling SAD in Punjab. When the jathedar has been forced to withdraw his decision under public pressure, the SAD and the SGPC are working to save him from Panj Pyaras. No one seems accountable for these decisions,” he said.
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