Mahan Kosh Controversy: Punjabi University asked to liaise with SGPC before republishing the Sikh Encyclopedia Due to Inconsistencies In Recent Publications

The Punjabi University has been asked to liaise with the apex Sikh body Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee before republishing the ‘Mahan Kosh’ (Encyclopedia of the Sikh Literature) Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha.

SGPC’s honorary chief secretary Harjinder Singh Dhami informed that the Punjabi University had to completely withdraw the last edition of Mahan Kosh after the orders of Punjab & Haryana High Court because a huge number of mistakes were reported in it.

“Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha’s Mahan Kosh (encyclopedia) is an important document related to the Sikh community, which deals with various topics according to the principles of Gurmat (teachings of the Sikh Gurus). It is the heritage of the Sikh community and must be preserved in its original form,” said Dhami.

“The Punjabi University should liaise with the SGPC to work on the Mahan Kosh and republish it so that any future controversy could be avoided”, said Dhami to Punjabi University Patiala’s vice-chancellor.

It is pertinent to note here that the Punjabi University has launched a search for scholars in the collective fields of English, Punjabi, and Gurbani for the compilation of the latest and corrected versions of the Mahan Kosh – encyclopedia of Sikh literature.


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