AMRITSAR SAHIB—Taking notice of the violation of Sikh tenets whist filming the biopic of the Sikh emperor Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the Youth Akali Dal Amritsar has sought an immediate ban on the broadcasting of the TV serial Sher-e-Punjab: Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The show had been set to hit TV screens via channel Life OK today.
Speaking with Sikh24, YADA’s leaders S. Navdeep Singh, S. Amrik Singh Ballowal and S. Gursharan Singh Sohal said that the trailer for the serial depicts violations of Sikh tenets. They said that the father of Maharaja Ranjit Singh has been shown anointing the head of his son, while conferring him the leadership of the ‘Sukerchakia Misl’ which is strongly condemnable. They added that Maharaja’s father Maha Singh was a staunch follower of Sikhism and as such would have had nothing to do with the forehead anointing ceremony, a generally accepted Hindu practise.
Taking a dig at the SGPC for it’s silence over the issue, S. Navdeep Singh has said that it was very unfortunate that the Supreme Sikh body was maintaining a mysterious silence over the attack on Sikh practices by Indian media. He further said that the actor Shaleen Bhanot, who has played the role of Sardar Maha Singh, has openly said in an interview that the act of anointment in Sikhism had been checked with a ‘Granthi’ (Priest). “The SGPC should immediately check with the producing team of serial as to who is this Granthi was”, he added.
YADA’s Secretary S. Navdeep Singh announced that they were trying to contact SGPC President Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar to urge him take action against the producing team and that a memorandum is to be submitted to the SGPC president within a day or two.
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