CHANDIGARH, Punjab—SGPC is contemplating to re-write Sikh History starting with the lives of the Guru Sahibs up to the British rule era in Punjab. A panel consisting of various scholars has been set up under the patronage of Roop Singh, SGPC secretary. Namely, Dr. Jaspal Singh (Punjabi University VC), Dr. Prithipal Singh Kapoor, Dr. Kirpal Singh, Dr. JS Grewal, and Dr. Indu Banga have been named as the panelists. This announcement was made during a meeting held in Chandigarh.
SGPC President Avtar Makkar alleged that there was a great need to research the Sikh history and re-write it completely. Makkar shared that Sikh Sangat around the world had been demanding a fresh look into Sikh history for a long time.
The research would be published in 10 volumes and would also contain detailed history on the lives of S. Banda Singh Bahadur and Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Makkar said that although this process is going to take a long time, this endeavor would help the Sikh community understand Sikh history and way of life.
While there is a great need to filter Sikh history of objectionable or incorrect content, the move to re-write comes after the SGPC has been surrounded by many controversies. Its recent decision to attend the “Kumbh Mela” attracted a lot of criticism. Furthermore, the Gurdwara Management body already has a panel of Sikh historians who have published Sikh history through different books. Interestingly, enlightened scholars like Dr. Jodh Singh, Gurcharanjit Singh Lamba, Prof. Harpal Singh Pannu, and Dr. Anuraj Singh have not been named on the panel. These oversights combine to give many Sikhs doubts as to whether the rewrite will cause more harm than good.