SGPC Withdraws Honour Conferred to Journalist Kuldip Nayar for anti-Bhindranwale Remarks

SGPC Condemns Usage of Word Terrorist for Sant Bhindranwale
Kuldip Nayar had compared Bhindranwale to Gurmeet Ram Rahim

FATEHGARH SAHIB, Punjab—In its executive meet on October 10 at Sri Fatehgarh Sahib, the SGPC decided to withdraw the ‘Shiromani Journalist’ award conferred to journalist Kuldip Nayar.  Kuldip Nayar was conferred this award by SGPC in 2006 ignoring the sharp criticism by Panthik leaders and resentment among common Sikh masses.  

Sikh24 has learnt that the move has come in reaction to the Nayar’s attempt of comparing Sant Jarnail Singh Khalsa Bhindranwale with rape convict Sirsa cult chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim. The SGPC members have also condemned the use of words like ‘terrorist’ for Bhindrawale by the author Kuldip Nayar in his book ‘Beyond the lines’.  

Interacting with media, SGPC executive member Gurcharan Singh Grewal said that the sentiments of the Sikh community were hurt over the writings of Kuldip Nayar presenting Sant Bhindranwale in negative light. “Every year the Sikh community observes June 1984 anniversary where Sant Bhindranwale’s life and legacy are honored.  He has already been declared a the martyr oby Sri Akal Takht Sahib which the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs,” he added.

“There was resentment in the community over the use of foul language against Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale in an article written by Kuldip Nayar. So, we have passed a resolution to withdraw the honour conferred to him in 2006,” informed SGPC via press note.

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