Hollande was the guest of honour for this year’s celebration of the 67th Republic Day.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT File Photo)
Hollande was the guest of honour for this year’s celebration of the 67th Republic Day.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT File Photo)

Akal Takht slams Centre for keeping Sikhs out of R-Day parade

A day after the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) expressed annoyance over keeping Sikh Regiment out of the Republic Day parade where French President François Hollande was chief guest, the Akal Takht also said it was displeased with the Union government over this matter.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Amritsar
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2016 10:35 AM IST

A day after the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) expressed annoyance over keeping Sikh Regiment out of the Republic Day parade where French President François Hollande was chief guest, the Akal Takht also said it was displeased with the Union government over this matter.

Taking the exclusion as “a cruel joke on the Sikh community”, Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said on Friday here: “Sikhs face a lot of issues in France, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was required to take those up with the French President. That he didn’t is great injustice to Sikhs. In France, Sikhs are not allowed to wear turban and now even in their own country, for which they have even sacrificed their lives, they are kept out of a military parade. We are hurt.”

The jathedar said that for all this, Sikh disunity was also to blame to an extent.

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