SikhFeed: Top 10 Blunders by the SGPC President in 2015 (supported by Akali Dal and appointed Jathedars)

1) Appointed Chief Secretary despite opposition by the Sikh Sangat

File Photo: SGPC president Avtar Makkar handing over appointment letter to Harcharan singh
File Photo: SGPC president Avtar Makkar handing over appointment letter to Harcharan singh

Harcharan Singh, a former banker with close ties with Rashtriya Sikh Sangat was appointed to manage day to day task of all SGPC secretaries.  The post of chief secretary was invented just to accommodate Harcharan Singh.  His monthly salary was set at Rs. 3 lakh, considereably higher than what is paid to other senior and executive SGPC members.  On average, an SGPC employee makes Rs. 5,000 per month.

CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), default quality2) Failed to take up Bargadi beadbi case in which a saroop of Guru Granth Sahib Ji was stolen

Despite numerous memorandums and appeals by Panthik leaders and Sikh sangat, SGPC showed no concern over the missing saroop of Guru Granth Sahib Ji.  SGPC was first appealed to intervene in the matter in July 2015, however no action was taken.  Four months after the saroop was stolen, local sangat recovered ‘angs’ of Guru Sahib scattered on the roads.

3) Suspended Akal Takht Sahib Punj Piare, Sri Harmandir Sahib Ragis and other SGPC employees

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Following opposition and a strict stand by the Akal Takht Sahib Punj Piare to summon Giani Gurbachan Singh and other appointed Jathedars, SGPC President Avtar Makkar at once issued their suspension orders.  In addition to expressing his authority to the Punj Piare, Makkar also single-handedly suspended a number of Ragi Jathas, including Bhai Harcharan Singh Khalsa.

4) Changed dates of Guru Raamdas Ji’s Gurpurab

The SGPC will this year celebrated parkash purab of Sri Guru Ramdas Ji on October 29 instead of October 9. Sikh devotees were left in confusion over the date.  The decision to amend the date was taken without taking Sikh organizations into confidence.  There are already confusions in the Panth over the dates of Gurpurabs of other Guru Sahibs.

5) Expressed No Solidarity with Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa or Sikh Political Prisoners

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After Bhai Gurbaksh Singh, Bapu Surat Singh took charge to seek release of Sikh political prisoners.  Even though the SGPC had earlier promised to take up the case of Sikh political prisoners, it failed to seek release of any prisoner.  SGPC further remained distanced from the struggle of Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa, at time, even condemning it.

6) Dharmik Darshan Yatra

To divert the attention of the Sikh Sangat from the Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa, SGPC inaugurated Punjab wide “dharmik darshan yatra” in which Guru Sahib’s historical artifacts were displayed in a bus.  SGPC came under huge criticism for faking several historical artifacts, including weapons and a kanga of Guru Gobind Singh Ji that were never in the SGPC’s procession.  It had simply used fake artifacts and labeled them as originals.

7) Refused to Allow Sarbat Khalsa

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SGPC President has refused to entertain the demand of Sikh organizations to call Sarbat Khalsa.  As per Avtar Makkar, only the Akal Takht Sahib Jathedar can call Sarbat Khalsa.  Sikh Sangat has resolved to meet on November 10 at Sri Akal Takht Sahib to decide upon important Panthik issues.  While Sarbat Khalsa have typically taken place at Sri Akal Takht Sahib, historically, Sikhs have also joined together in jungles to deliberate upon imminent threats to the Panth, similar to one that exists today.

8) Forced the Removal of Pingalwara Stall from Sri Harmandir Sahib

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In August 2015, The SGPC and the All India Pingalwara Charitable Society came face-to-face.  SGPC had received orders from Punjab Government that Pingalwara Stall was causing huge “nuisance” outside Sri Darbar Sahib.  The stall was installed outside Sri Darbar Sahib 60 years ago to raise awareness of climate change and other environmental issues, and to fund raise for the Pingalwara organization.  After growing protests, SGPC finally allowed the stall to be installed again, however at a different location.

9) Dismissed Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh

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Following Giani Balwant Singh’s allegations on the Akali Dal for working under the influence of the RSS, the SGPC took a strict notice and sacked the Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Jathedar without notice.   SGPC came under huge criticism for managing the appointment and suspension at the behest of the Akali Dal.

10) Did not intervene in the Forced Ghar Vapsi of “Low-Castes”

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SGPC failed completely at stopping the forced conversion of the low-castes by the right-wing fanatic Hindu factions.  These organizations are responsible for targeting vulnerable Sikhs living in poor conditions.  While SGPC sabotaged growing parchar in Madhya Pardesh by American Sikhs, it did nothing to stop the “Ghar Vapsi” of the people in Punjab.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Badal & Co… including SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar & Akal Takht Jathedar Gurbachan Singh must be declared as insanes, as they are miles away to understand the feeling & pulse of Sikh-Jagat. They don’t have any respect for sikh ethics & values. They are playing in the hands of RSS and have lost respect among sikh masses. This is high time, they must vacate their present positions & submit before the authority of Panj Piaras at Akal Takht Sahib in order to re-establish the sikh values… The newly created post of chief secretary of SGPC need to be abolished immediately.

  2. The Post of Jathedar of Akal Takht Sahib must be Supreme in all Sikh Affairs and SGPC must be under his command. He must be elected on-line by all the Sikhs living anywhere in the world after preparing a data-base of all the sikhs.

  3. I Dont know why this is happening, A Jathedar has no right to suspend the Panj Pyaras, they are above every one when Guru Gobind Singh Ji obey their order’s why cant these guys. This is a big shame for Sikh community. They are destroying the image of Pant Khalsa in the hold world.

  4. Some Smart and Knowledgeable Sikh fellow got to find a right equation for the relation between these Seven Sikh variables :–
    1) Sikh People — “x”
    2) Akal Takth — –“y”
    3) Akali Dal —— ‘z”
    4) SGPC ———–“a”
    5) Panj Payaras —“b”
    6) SGPC head —–“c”
    7) Small Sikh groups like :DSGPC, HSGPC ,Dal Khalsa ,5 Pardhani ,NRI etc ––“d”
    My suggestion of the order of precedence should be
    x—y—z—a—b—c—d
    This will Prevent confusion and cross talk
    This order can change from time to time
    May be Sikhs in different countries can set up their own precedence .
    This will then Prevent confusion like above from ensuing.

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