Congress and Akalis mixing religion with politics

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    The Congress government’s move in Haryana to have a Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) of its own in order to manage Sikh shrines in the State, has stirred the volatile Sikh religious pot. The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab is crying foul at the move, even as the Congress is determined to break the hegemony of the SAD-controlled SGPC of Punjab on Sikh institutions. After weeks of acrimonious statements from both sides, the Haryana Assembly passed the Haryana Sikh Gurdwaras (Management) Bill, 2014, setting the stage for a confrontation between the two parties.

    In 1996, SAD shed its Sikh religious moorings to become a secular democratic party with the aim of working for all communities. In practice, the party continues with its ‘gurudwara politics’ through the elected house of the SGPC, which is dominated by SAD members.

    The motives of the Haryana government are all too obvious. With the Assembly elections looming in October, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, whose stock among non-Jats is at an all-time low thanks to his pro Jat policies, is on a mission to woo all communities. He promised a Haryana SGPC in his first tenure in the 2005 election manifesto, and in 2007 he constituted a panel under Finance minister H.S. Chattha to explore its feasibility. The Chattha panel claims to have received more than two lakh affidavits from Sikhs in Haryana in support of a separate Haryana SGPC.

    Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress spokesperson and Haryana minister, says, “Haryana’s Sikhs are not given employment or representation in SGPC-run religious and educational institutions in the State.” Giving an example of the hegemony of the Badal family over SGPC, he points out, “The SGPC-owned Miri Piri Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Shahabad was taken over by a Trust, which has Mr. Badal as its head.”

    The SAD is virtually isolated in its stand as the Aam Aadmi Party, some radical organisations like the Dal Khalsa in Punjab, and some overseas Sikh organisations are also in favour of a separate Haryana SGPC.

    Stirring the volatile Sikh pot
     
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    Akalis call world Sikhs to stall Hooda's gurdwara body

     
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    Sikhs of Rajasthan to demand a separate Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee

     
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    Haryana Sikh leaders "excommunicated"

    The three Sikh leaders from HaryanaDidar Singh Nalwi, Jagdish Singh Dhinda were never summoned to AkalTakht or declared Tankhiya. While Jhnida and Nalwi were called to AkalTakht ten days back for a meeting Jathedar had said that they were called for meeting only and they were not summoned. Even when they did not turn up the AkalTakhtJathedar never declared them offenders or Tankhiya of AkalTakht directive or called them to explain their position.

    In fact Chatha's case stands apart as he was not even called for a meeting by Akal Takht Jathedar or never termed as Tankhiya by the clergy and he was unilaterally declared excommunicated.
     

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