AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—The apex Sikh body Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee is once again under fire after announcing the shifting of historic Sikh Reference Library in a new building to be constructed at Bhai Gurdas Hall (Town Hall) in Amritsar Sahib. Announcement in this concern was made by the SGPC president S. Gobind Singh Longowal after convening an executive meeting of SGPC held at Takht Sri Damdama Sahib on April 20.
Tendering a baseless excuse for shifting the historic Sikh Reference Library, Longowal said that the Indian army had taken away historic literature and manuscripts of this library during the holocaust of June-1984 but now the library has once again become a “treasure trove” of Sikh literature.
Sharply reacting to Longowal’s statement, Sikh activist Bhai Papalpreet Singh has said that Longowal is forgetting that a major portion of historic Sikh manuscripts is still in possession of Indian army and it has been repeatedly denying this possession. He questioned that how could Longowal claim that the Sikh Reference Library has once again become a “treasure trove” of Sikh literature when it is lacking a large portion of its valuable literature which is under possession of Indian state.
Commenting on the shifting of Sikh Reference Library, Bhai Papalpreet Singh has said that the shifting of this library is being done at the behest of Indian state. He added that the SGPC has become a tool of Indian state and it is continuously working to erase all the signs of June-1984’s holocaust committed by Indian army. “Sikh community won’t let the intentions of SGPC bear fruit at all” he said.Sikh24 Editors can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org