BIRMINGHAM, UK—During a meeting on October 9, 2016 at Gurdwara Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib in West Bromwich, the Jago Wala Jatha and supporters have sought action against Bhai Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale. The meeting organizers agreed to ask SGPC Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh to take strict action against Dhadrianwale for allegedly speaking against the amrit-sarovar (sacred pool) in a recent diwan.
While the meeting was attended by only two dozen individuals, mostly Jago Wale followers and local leaders of the International Panthik Dal, the meeting organizers claimed to be representing the entire UK Sikh Sangat. However, while doing so, this group not only condemned Dhadrianwale, but also legitimized the authority of SGPC appointed Jathedars who were sacked at Sarbat Khalsa in 2015.
“We ask the Akal Takht Sahib Jathedar to take strict action against Dhadrianwale for causing misinformation within Sikhs. Until the Akal Takht Sahib Jathedar takes action as per Sikh standards, we ask Sikh Sangat to completely boycott Dhadrianwale,” the meeting organizers said.
The allegation itself has been branded baseless by numerous individuals and organizations online, who having listened to the Dhandriwale’s recording in question, have claimed to have found no such blasphemous comments.
A press statement from Gurdwara Parmeshar Dwar, the organization that Dhandriawale heads, reads.”Deliberate attempts are being made to disseminate misconstrued information that Bhai Ranjit Singh Khalsa Dhadrianwale has spoken against certain Sikh traditions such as ‘Ishnaan’ (bathing) in the Sarovar. Furthermore, a picture is being painted that Bhai Ranjit Singh Khalsa has “attacked Gurbani” and has “attacked Darbar Sahib”. Not only is this bizarre but it is far from the truth.”
“Many are often quick to form an opinion based on short video clips edited to suit an out-of-context message. In order to understand the core point and realize the context, the explanations and discussions should always be analysed in full. Sikhs must never be influenced by hearsay, and accepting information purely due to the fact it has come from groups considered to be their own.”
Providing clarification over his stance, Bhai Dhadrianwale said, “One individual approached me about not being able to go to Punjab, and consequently not being able to do darshan ishaan at Sri Amritsar. I simply told this person that while the ishnan at Sri Amritsar is very pious, he should not carry the weight that he is less of a Sikh for not being able to do ishaan. I explained to him that he can still read Gurbani and take ishnaan of Gurbani at home.”
The Jago Wale Jatha who headed the recent meeting have been widely criticized by Sikh Sangat via social media, for giving support to Badal appointed Jathedars, and stirring up false accusations against a panthik personality.
Some of the comments posted on Jago Wale Jatha’s Facebook wall include –
“Interesting to know what the view of UK Taksal groups is on Baba Dhumma and Sarkari Jathedars. It disappointing that affiliated groups that stem from UK Taksal support Baba Dhumma and Jasbir Singh Rode, as well hide the facts that their own kathavachiks in the UK have met and greeted RSS leader Sadhvi and have serious accusations against them for wrong behaviour with ladies. Instead they hell bent on picking small points from other prachariks and jathebandis who get more popularity and more Sangat behind them. These people have become known for intolerance, lack of pyaar to others not agreeing to their Maryada and version of history, and inciting senseless violence and cold murder.”
“What jathedaars, the ones with sirsa wale? Why not say anything about them and the real panth dhokis? u guys are jealous and have a lot of hate and you call yourself Singh’s… Jagowale are with rss and support dhumma end off people had a lot of respect for you guys.. Anyways what goes around come around…”
“This is just pathetic. All the jathedars works for government they are wrapped around government’s little finger including you lot. you all work for government. Jathedars can’t even speak for themselves how they going to speak for someone else.”
“Why you people doing anti Sikh activities, Sant Bhindrawale always wanted all Sikh sangat together under the Nishan Sahib, but your policy looks similar to divide and rule. Check comments below this post ,they all sikh and they wont expected this type of ਕੂੜ ਪਰਚਾਰ from jagowale.”
Jago Wale Jatha have courted much controversy over the last few months as they release statements and videos which have been accused of being hateful and malicious.