Dera head's dresses
There is an uneasy calm at the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa, two days after a newspaper advertisement showed Dera head Sant Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim making ‘Jaam-e-Insaan’.
The Guruji continues with his daily routine. He holds two majlis (meetings). On Wednesday, he drove himself to the venue in a two-seater car designed by him and preached non-violence in his evening majlis.
But the Dera head is worried over the violence over his dress: “Bahut jada hairani hai, (it is very surprising),” he says, clarifying that he frequently changes his dress, which has never been an issue.
Interacting with reporters soon after his evening majlis on Wednesday, the Baba said, “I was wearing the same dress a few months back. Why nothing happened then?” Emphasizing that he never aped the 10th Sikh Guru, he said, “There is no similarity. The Gurus carry a bow, arrows and a sword.”
To a question, he said the violence could be politically motivated.
A few photographs in newspapers on Wednesday showed the Dera chief dressed like a king during his Tuesday’s majlis. On Wednesday he appeared in an ordinary kurta-pyjama with his traditional headgear. However, there was one difference: When he addressed the majlis, he wore a traditional headgear. But when he met the reporters, he donned a hat.
“The hat is a gift from a devotee,” he said.
To a question whether his “edict” for voting for the Congress had any bearing on the recent violence, he said, “I had issued no such edict. It was the Sangat (a body) who has a certain political belief”.
Why do his followers brandish sticks when he preached non-violence? The Dera head pointed towards his followers and said, “I have told them to find out what had happened”. A follower pointed out that since the protesters against him had carried swords, so the Dera followers had to use sticks in self-defence.
“I am telling everybody to shun violence”, the Dera head repeated.
On a possible solution, the Baba said, “I have told my people to get in touch with the opposite groups and defuse the situation”.
“Dera Sacha Sauda was among the first to reach the tsunami-hit Andamans. But if something is done wrong, it will definitely evokes a reaction”, said Ajmer Singh, a resident of Jandwala in Faridkot district.