Akal Takht rejects harmless kirpans made by Italian firm
Representatives of the company ‘Kirpal Legal worldwide’ had approached the highest temporal seat of Sikhs on June 26, seeking approval for manufacturing kirpans with flexible material that bends when it comes in contact with anything.Updated: Jul 28, 2017 09:28 IST
The Akal Takht on Thursday rejected samples of blunt and harmless kirpans (daggers) made by an Italian company, which offered to manufacture these in view of Italy’s ban on carrying kirpans.
Representatives of the company ‘Kirpal Legal worldwide’ had approached the highest temporal seat of Sikhs on June 26, seeking approval for manufacturing kirpans with flexible material that bends when it comes in contact with anything. They had presented samples of such kirpans to Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh.
During a meeting of five Sikh high priests on Thursday, it was decided that such a kirpan will not be allowed as it fails to accomplish the “purpose” of kirpan, said the jathedarh, without elaborating on the matter.
He said, “We have gone through the references regarding kirpan in Sikh history and scriptures. Such a kirpan, which is made of a different material, is not as per Sikh ethos.”
He added, “As far as the ban (on kirpans) imposed by the Italy government is concerned, various Sikh organisations and gurdwara bodies should make joint efforts to ensure that it is lifted.”
Taking a serious note of the incident in which three SGPC employees were held with a sex worker in a sarai of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo, the jathedar directed the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to make “strict arrangements” at various serais.He also directed SGPC members to stop patronising employees who indulge in such “illicit” practices.
The jathedar also said the Akal Takht has found spelling errors in Guru Granth Sahib’s bir penned down by Jaswant Singh Khosa, installed at Takht Sri Damdama Sahib.
He directed action against Takht manager Jagjit Singh and other employees concerned, besides summoning Khosa for the act which “hurt Sikh sentiments”. Observing that Sikh scholar Harjinder Singh Dilgir has also hurt Sikh sentiments by his “objectionable” writings on Sikh maryada and traditions, the jathedar called for a complete boycott of the scholar and banned his books.
He also held the advertisement of ‘gutkas’ as an unfair act. The jathedar also took on the gurdwara managements for sacrilege incidents of Guru Granth Sahib and directed them to ensure foolproof arrangements to prevent such instances.
First Published: Jul 28, 2017 09:28 IST