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Meeting on scrapping ‘Mahan Kosh’ copies remains inconclusive

The expert committee meeting was called in the wake of “mistakes and distortions” pointed out by scholars and authorities in the reprinted copies of Mahan Kosh, an encyclopaedia of Sikh literature.

punjab Updated: Sep 15, 2018 22:38 IST
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The expert committee meeting was held at Punjabi University on Saturday.(HT Photo)

A high-level meeting to take a decision on scrapping of 24,000 copies of Mahan Kosh, an encyclopaedia of Sikh literature, remained inconclusive here on Saturday.

The expert committee meeting, held at Punjabi University, was called in the wake of “mistakes and distortions” pointed out by scholars and authorities in the reprinted copies of Mahan Kosh, university officials said. Dean of academic affairs, Punjabi University, GS Batra chaired the meeting.

In Saturday’s meeting, a decision on 24,000 copies of Mahan Kosh could not be taken, officials said. Batra said the next meeting will be called soon.

Mahan Kosh, written by Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha and first published in 1927, is considered one of the greatest works of Punjabi. It was reprinted during the tenure of Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in 2002-2007.

In 2016, some Punjabi language enthusiasts brought the “distortions” in the book to the notice of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the apex body of the Sikhs responsible for upkeep of gurdwaras, which formed a four-member committee to prepare a report.

Besides the “distortions”, 132 pages that were added to the work by Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha during his lifetime have not been included in the translated English copies, an expert committee member Harpal Singh Pannu said.

Acting on the report forwarded by the SGPC to the chief minister, the university had stopped the sale of the copies last year.

First Published: Sep 15, 2018 22:36 IST