In a bizarre twist of events, a blog exposing Niddar (www.sarbloh.com) who has proclaimed himself as the “Last Sikh Warrior” has close ties with number of organizations who tie themselves with Sikh heritage. The UK Punjab Heritage Association (“UKPHA”), Golden Temple 1588 (GT 1588), and Kashi House have all been clearly linked with Niddar. Niddar who has proclaimed him self as a “Nihang” has been clearly disowned by the Dals via a public statement to say he in no way represents Nihang Dals. In a recent blog post shastervidiya.org exposes connection between these organizations and Nidar. Several organizations run and created by Nidar’s cult members’ support him. Like GT 1588 who have over 5000 likes on facebook and UKPHA, Eastern Arts Partnership, as well as Asian Health Initiative, all run by Parmjit Grewal and Amandeep Madra. They had to change their name due to the Sangat associating UKPHA with Niddar .
Parmjit with his Master Nidar
Here are two examples of just some of the Grants they have received:
Applicant: Asian Health Heritage Amount awarded: £49,900 Applicant: Eastern Arts Partnership Amount awarded: £59, 000
They have applied for approximately 20–30 grants we know about ranging from £10,000 to £100,000 totalling an estimated 2 million pounds. They have received grants from English Heritage, British Academy, National Heritage Memorial Fund, HLF, private donors and others, posing as genuine Sikh Historians. Through this they invite Niddar and pay him large sums to attend, and support his parchar. Without them Niddar cannot survive financially. Report them to local bodies for ‘Inciting Religious Hatred’ 2006. All they do is cause trouble to get attention. This year at their lame exhibition it was repeatedly said at one of the main talks that Khalsa is from Shiva! and Khalsa is Hindu-Sikh. Boycott these lame accountants and pseudo kung fu nangs!
Someone who attended their last exhibition at the Brunei Gallery GT 1588 (where Niddar was the main speaker) Mani Singh had the following to say:
I personally did attend the exhibition and yes there was some very interesting artifacts there. The people undertaking the guided tours were very professional and articulate. It is just a shame that they were promoting sanatamism. The guide, many times made comparisons between hindus and sikhs i.e. a sikh can be there is no difference between someone keeping their hair and those that chose not to, he talked about the rituals performed at Hazoor Sahib, which many right thinking individuals know to be totally against sikhi, they stated that was what our Guru ji’s wanted and what was happening outside Hazoor Sahib was largely the modernized version of sikhi!! I was just ashamed that anti-sikh practices were being promoted is such a professional manner, something which is totally alien to the majority of sikh camps, lectures, literature or like minded events. (Mani Singh)