Certain Panthic organisations and religio-political groups seem in no mood to forgive veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar for having penned down certain 'objectionable and controversial' lines in his autobiography 'Beyond the Lines' and his assurance that these would be removed in the next edition.
These organisations and groups, at a meeting held here on Friday, have demanded that the Punjab government immediately ban the book as despite the author's assurance, it might take quite some time for removing the 'objectionable' portions.
A resolution adopted at the meeting pointed out that despite the assurance by Nayar, the publishers might not oblige him. In such a scenario it was best that the state government banned the circulation of the book.
"In case the government does not ban it, then it would be best for the publishers to withdraw the derogatory parts in the book, as the author has tendered an apology and has promised to take out these portions from the next edition," stated the resolution signed by leaders of these groups.
The resolution further said that the author should also withhold the stock lying with the publisher and insert additional pages to clear all 'false accusations' against Sikh personalities and their groups. The resolution also demanded that a note of apology also be inserted in the current edition.
In the resolution, the Panthic groups have warned that if by the end of one week Nayar failed to meet these demands, they would approach the Akal Takht and demand that all honours bestowed on the veteran journalist by Sikhs be withdrawn.
Nayar was honoured by the SGPC in July 2006 during the 400-year celebrations of the establishment of the Akal Takht for highlighting the plight of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims and demanding action against those responsible for these riots.
The resolution stated that besides withdrawing the honours bestowed on the journalist, they would demand that the Akal Takht hold Nayar guilty of "defaming Sikh martyrs", particularly former Damdami Taksal head Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.
A speaker at the open house meeting proposed that in case Nayar or the publisher failed to remove the objectionable portions, all Sikh groups should jointly oppose him and should not allow him to enter Punjab. Another speaker proposed that Nayar should not be allowed to organise his annual candlelight vigil on August 14 at the Wagah border.
Among the groups that participated in the meeting were the Dal Khalsa, Khalsa Action Committee of Bhai Mokham Singh, Akali Dal (Amritsar), Akali Dal (Panj Pardhani) and a number of other organisations. Former Akal Takht jathedar Bhai Jasbir Singh Rode was also present.
The meeting was also to discuss the demolition of a gurdwara at Warach village in Amritsar district but the heads of these Panthic groups decided to wait for the return of Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh from abroad and hear his views on the circumstances leading to the demolition. The inquiry report on the incident that took place in June is lying with the jathedar in a sealed envelope. The incident was inquired into by the SGPC on the directions of the jathedar.