Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Former Akal Takht Jathedar and Survivor of 1984 Attack on Darbar Sahib, Passes Away

  • Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti was very knowledgeable on Sikh scriptures, Gurbani Grammer and Sikh history
  • Performed seva as Head Granthi at Sri Harmandir Sahib
  • Remained as Jathedar of Akal Takht Sahib from 2000 to 2008
  • He was present at Sri Darbar Sahib when the Indian Army invaded it in 1984
  • The Akali Dal and SGPC sidelined him after he spoke on the topic of Khalistan during a trip to New York in 2008
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti

Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, renowned for his scholarly research on Sri Guru Granth Sahib and other Sikh scriptures, today passed after suffering a heart attack. Giani Joginder Singh lived a quiet life over the past several years after the Akali Dal, and the SGPC sidelined him for openly speaking about the formation of a sovereign Sikh state during a New York Nagar Kirtan in 2008.

SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur has expressed deep sorrow at Jathedar Vedanti’s demise in a video shared online.

“Jathedar Vedanti was a great personality of the Sikh Panth; his demise has created a vacuum in the Sikh world,” she said.

Several other prominent Akali and SGPC leaders, including Sukhvir and Harsimrat Badal, shared their condolences after Jathedar Vedanti’s departure.


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