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Damdami Taksal-managed gurdwara head murdered in Punjab’s Gurdaspur

Balwinder Singh, who was associated with Damdami Taksal for decades, was from the Sangrawan faction led by Giani Ram Singh. He was the nephew of the Sikh seminary’s 13th chief, Sant Kartar Singh Bhindranwale. He was also an office-bearer of the Sant Samaj.

Balwinder Singh, 60, who headed the Damdami Taksal-managed gurdwara near Ghuman village of Gurdaspur district, was murdered on the premises on Tuesday night. (Representational image)
Updated on May 01, 2024 01:12 PM IST

6 years on, ‘shaheedi gallery’ to open for devotees on March 9

Sikh clergy led by Akal Takht jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh will inaugurate the gallery in the presence of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Harjinder Singh Dhami and other religious personalities, said a spokesman of Damdami Taksal.

The gallery has been set up by Sikh seminary Damdami Taksal in the basement of the Operation Bluestar memorial or ‘Shaheedi Yaadgar’ established in 2013 in the form of small gurdwara amid a row over putting up the picture of slain militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who was killed during the operation carried out by the army to flush out the militants from the Golden Temple in June 1984. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Mar 09, 2024 07:16 AM IST
By, Amritsar

‘Khalsa Vahir’ procession: Damdami Taksal faction chief under house arrest

They were stopped from going to Gurdwara Guru Amardas Jee in Athwal village, from where they were due to take out a ‘Khalsa Vahir’ procession to Sri Goindwal Sahi

At the gurdwara in Athwal village, a number of Baba Ram Singh’s supporters arrived to take part in the procession that was recently initiated by Sikh separatist leader Amritpal Singh. (HT photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2023 06:40 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Damdami Taksal publishes traditional interpretation of Guru Granth Sahib

The Sikh seminary Damdami Taksal has published 16 volumes of interpretations of Guru Granth Sahib, titled 'Shiromani Damdami Steek'.

Akal Takht jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh releasing Guru Granth Sahib's complete interpretation in 16 volumes at Akal Takht in Amritsar on Tuesday. (Sameer Sehgal /HT)
Updated on Jul 26, 2023 12:59 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Punjab’s situation is more than one of law and order

Keep in mind that viewing the current scenario in Punjab solely through the lens of law and order would be a mistake. This problem has its roots in society and politics.

Since the death of Deep Sidhu, Amritpal’s popularity in Punjab has rocketed. If the state’s home department had closed in on him then, the current situation would not have arisen. (Reuters)
Published on Mar 26, 2023 09:21 PM IST

Akal Takht acting jathedar publicly punishes SGPC chief over missing Guru Granth Sahib saroops

Senior vice-president Rajinder Singh Mehta removed from all SGPC posts for a year; committee staffers who tossed nihang’s turban summoned at Takht

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Gobind Singh Longowal along with other office-bearers doing(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Sep 18, 2020 05:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By

5 years after his death, SGPC unveils Talwandi’s portrait in Golden Temple

Talwandi was known as the Iron Man (Loh Purush) of Akali politics and had also held the position of the SAD president twice.

SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowa (2nd from right), Damdami Taksal head Harnam Singh Dhumma and others after unveiling portrait of former SAD and SGPC president Jagdev Singh Talwandi at Central Sikh Museum at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Mar 15, 2020 09:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By

Hardliners seek probe into Happy PhD’s killing

Paying tribute to Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) leader Harmeet Singh, aka Happy PhD, who was killed in Pakistan a week ago, Sikh hardliners on Wednesday sought probe into his murder by an independent agency. The “bhog” ceremony was held at Sikh seminary Damdami Taksal-managed Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj, Railway Colony, in Amritsar.

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Published on Feb 05, 2020 09:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By, Amritsar

Dhadrianwale’s 3-day discourse concludes amid protests in Sangrur

The-three day diwan (religious discourse) by controversial preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale concluded on Wednesday at Gidrani village near Lehragaga town of Sangrur district amid protests in the area. Members of some Sikh organisations, who gathered at the local gurdwara of Kanakwal Bhanguan village, were stopped by the police when they tried to march towards the venue of diwan.

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Published on Feb 05, 2020 09:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Sangrur | By, Sangrur

Dhadrianwale’s 3-day sermon starts amid opposition by Sikh organisations

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Published on Feb 03, 2020 09:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Sangrur | ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

CONTROVERSIAL DISCOURSES: Sikh preacher Dhadrianwale, aide banned in UK gurdwaras

Sikh bodies, gurdwara managements in UK urge Akal Takht to take strong action against him

Published on Dec 22, 2019 11:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Amritsar

Biography of slain militant Bhindranwale released at Nankana Sahib

SGPC member gifts copy of book authored by slain militant preacher’s nephew and ex-Akal Takht jathedar to Pakistan’s Punjab governor.

The book on slain militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was released at Nankana Sahib (in photo) in Pakistan.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 13, 2019 09:36 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By, Amritsar

‘HINDU RASHTRA’ REMARK Akal Takht jathedar demands ban on RSS

Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh on Tuesday demanded a ban on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) while terming as ‘divisive’ the statement of its chief Mohan Bhagwat that India is a ‘Hindu Rashtra’. Replying to a question, the jathedar said the RSS should be banned immediately for the benefit of the country.

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Published on Oct 15, 2019 06:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By, Amritsar

Six nihangs hurt as Damdami Taksal members fire at them in Chowk Mehta

Sources said the nihang organisation members were grazing a large herd of cattle near Gurdwara Gurdarshan Parkash, the headquarters of Harnam Singh Khalsa-led Taksal, when they were attacked around 4pm after the animals allegedly entered the Taksal-owned fields and damaged the paddy crop.

An injured nihang Jagtar Singh at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar on Friday.(Photo by Sameer Sehgal/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Aug 03, 2019 12:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | ByHT Correspondent

SGPC to rope in panthic bodies for jathedar Giani Harpreet’s coronation

Giani Harpreet Singh was given charge as acting Jathedar of Akal Takht on Monday .

Giani Harpreet Singh(HT File)
Updated on Oct 25, 2018 09:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Bhindranwale is a ‘community martyr’, Khattar has hurt Sikhs by skipping gurdwara visit, says SGPC chief

The Haryana CM was scheduled to visit the gurdwara at Dachar village on September 29, but he put the condition of first removing the portrait of Bhindranwale from the gurdwara

SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal(HT File)
Updated on Oct 02, 2018 09:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By

After bloody tussle, nihang bodies and satkar committee call truce

Two nihangs were injured on July 9 when nearly 15 activists of the satkar committee allegedly thrashed them in the surgical ward of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar, a day after the video of assault on a committee member was shared on social media.

Representatives of nihang organisations and leaders of Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committee on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 22, 2018 09:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By

Damdami Taksal, Muslim group extend support to Bargari protest

In a first, Damdami Taksal chief Harnam Singh Dhumma and parallel jathedar Dhian Singh Mand shared the dais during the protest at Bargari.

Former Akal Takht jathedar Jasvir Singh Rode (left), parallel jathedar Dhian Singh Mand (centre) and Damdami Taksal chief Harnam Singh Dhumma (right) at Bargari in Faridkot on Friday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 09, 2018 11:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bargari ( Faridkot) | ByGagandeep Jassowal, Bargari (faridkot)

Amarinder warns Damdami Taksal over ‘death threat’ to Dhadrianwale

Punjab CM also orders police to enhance Dhadrianwale’s security, and examine video in which the purported death threat is reported to have been issued to him.

Capt Amarinder Singh issued a ‘stern warning’ to the Sikh organisation.(HT File)
Updated on May 25, 2018 02:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh/Amritsar | ByHT Correspondent

What’s at the heart of Dhumma-Dhadrianwale rift?

In the latest, an alleged death threat was issued to Dhadrianwale, who had escaped an attempt on his life two years ago, by a Taksal spokesman in a video that’s gone viral.

Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale and Harnam Singh Dhumma
Updated on May 25, 2018 01:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh
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