The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) is targeting ‘patits’ — Sikhs with shorn or cut hair — youngsters for inculcating the values of Sikhism in them so that they stop cutting their hair short and bring about a transformation in their outwardly appearance.
This is a part of the SGPC religious campaign ‘Sikhi Saroop Mera Asli Roop’ launched on the occasion of the 350 years of the foundation of Anandpur Sahib town — often referred as the birthplace of the ‘Khalsa panth’.
The SGPC had chalked out a number of religious programmes for the occasion, including laying stress on bringing patits back into the Sikh fold by motivating them to embrace Sikhism in its ‘true form’.
The true form — ‘mera asli roop’ — implies that an individual who believes in Sikhism must not cut his hair short and he must also support a turban on his head. Due respect should be given to the turban, an important symbol of the faith.
While addressing ‘pracharaks’ (preachers) of the religious body at the Teja Singh Samundri Hall on the Golden Temple complex here on Wednesday, SGPC secretary Manjit Singh listed out details of the campaign.
Pracharaks from all over Punjab and some neighbouring states attended the meeting, which had specifically been called on the instructions of SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar.
“Though the campaign is aimed at all patits, we are specifically targeting school and college going Sikh youngsters so as to reverse this trend of cutting the hair, which is quite common among the youth. Stress is also being laid on the importance of the turban to encourage all Sikhs to wear it,” stated the SGPC secretary.
In his address to the preachers, Manjit Singh noted that during the short span of three months, their (preachers) efforts had yielded positive results. He claimed that around 12,000 patit youngsters had signed a (form) pledge of the SGPC, declaring that “henceforth, they would not cut their hair short and that they would support a turban”.
“It is a good beginning and we must keep up our efforts,” he added.
The SGPC secretary asked all pracharaks to remain in their respective areas of posting as this will help them to keep a constant tab on the youngsters they had established contact with. He also asked them to brush up their knowledge of ‘Gurbani’ so that they could put forth the teachings of the Sikh gurus before the youth.
He told the preachers that those who excelled in their task would be rewarded by the SGPC president. Likewise there would also be rewards for youngsters turning a new leaf, he added.