CHANDIGARH, Punjab—Taking a dig at present incumbent of the Akal Takht Sahib for belittling his august post, the Dal Khalsa said it was painful to note at a function held to mark 100 years of the SGPC that the political authority of the Sikhs was holding the religious authority to ransom. The Sikh organization is of the considered opinion that the Badalization of the SGPC has led to the denigration of the Sikh institution.
Dal Khalsa president Harpal Singh Cheema said having become subservient to the dominant political leadership of the Akali Dal, Jathedar Harpreet Singh has reduced himself to the level of Dr. Daljeet Singh Cheema, spokesman of the SAD (Badal), who is duty-bound to defend his party interest.
Interestingly, Jathedar has candidly admitted that the SAD led by Sukhbir Badal is not Panthik as of now when he advised them to begin their journey from Punjab to Panth, said Cheema.
He said the entire show at 100 years celebrations was captured by Badal faction entirely giving a miss to splinter Akali groups. As per the Jathedar’s version, the Akali Dal led by Badals is a son of the SGPC, but he remained silent on splinter Akali factions. At least, Jathedar should have acknowledged that they too are sons of the SGPC, so what if they are foster sons, he opined.
Refuting the rhetoric at the function, Cheema said no devout Sikh could cause damage to the Akal Takht nor could think of destabilizing the SGPC.
Instead of pointing fingers towards factions opposing Badals, Jathedar should have applied his mind to find fault lines within Akali Dal and the SGPC, he said.
Analyzing the performance of the present house of the SGPC since 2011, mushrooming of heretical cults, pardoning of Sirsa cult head, inept handling of sacrilege cases, and 328 missing saroops have eclipsed the institution, observed Dal Khalsa leader.
Responding to general perception reiterated by Sukhbir Badal at a function that the SGPC was considered as a Sikh Parliament, he said it never functioned as such and moreover democratic norms are totally missing from its functioning. Ironically, SGPC is run and controlled by a single family, who are not even members of the apex body.