SAD core committee holds emergency meeting on “the assault on Sikh history and heritage”
The Shiromani Akali Dal today declared that it would launch a “a massive struggle” to force the Congress party and its government in Punjab to “apologise to the Khalsa Panth for deliberate and persistent insults cast against the great Guru Sahibaan in the history books meant for 10+2 students in Punjab School Education Board.” Declaring this, the SAD president Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal told newsmen that the party leaders would perform an Ardas at Shri Akal Takhat Sahib on November 1 before launching the struggle to bring the CM Amarinder Singh and the Congress government in Punjab down on its knees for its brazen assault on the sacred image of the great Sikh Guru Sahiban, especially Guru Arjan Dev ji, Gur Hargoibind ji , Gur Tegh Bahadur Sahib and the tenth Guru Guru Gobind Singh ji. The details of the struggle would be announced in Amritsar after the Ardas.
Mr Badal demanded that the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and his Congress government must immediately apologise to the Khalsa Panth and to humanity at large for their sin against the great Guru Sahibaan. He also demanded the registration of criminal cases against those associated with the preparation of such outrageous sacrilegious material and that they be dismissed from their respective positions and punished . The new books containing these humiliating portions must be banned and with withdrawn immediately and be replaced with the old books which had been in use for decades,” said Mr Badal.
Mr Badal said that if the Congress government did not accept the demand to undo the damage immediately, “it should prepare to face the wrath of the Khalsa Panth. The SAD struggle will continue till the Congress is brought to its knees before the might of the Panth,” he said.
The Core Committee of the party held an emergency meeting at the party headquarters here this afternoon to consider the issue of “sacrilegious distortions in the history of the Great Guru Sahiban and deliberate insults cast on their heroic acts.”
Giving details, the party spokesperson Harcharan Bains said that the meeting, which lasted nearly four hours, was chaired by the SAD president Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal and was attended among others , by the former Chief Minister Sardar Parkash Singh Badal and the president of the SGPC Jathedar Gobind Singh Logowal .
The Core Committee members were shocked at the “deep-rooted conspiracy of the Congress party behind not only the deliberate distortion of the Sikh history but also over the casting of insults on the great Gurus by the Congress government through the new books , describing the holy figures as “deserters, absconders, patrons of irreligious criminals.” These portions of history as they appear in the new PSEB text book were read out to the Core Committee members by the party senior president Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema.
Addressing the media after the meeting which had been specially convened to discuss the “ assault on Sikh history, heritage and traditions”, Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “ It is hard to believe that these scurrilous and sacrilegious distortions of history had been included AFTER the Punjab government had earlier been forced to remove some other similar sacrilegious portions from the same books. This shows that this is not an inadvertent act but that the Congress government is working on a deep rooted conspiracy to destroy and disfigure the history of the great Guru Sahibaan. The Khalsa Panth, the entire Punjab and the SAD would never tolerate this .’
Mr Badal pointed out the new history books of the Punjab government claim that he the Fifth guru Shri gur Arjan Dev ji was not martyred by the Mughals but was merely fined. The book also says that the Guru patronized “ criminal elements” On the 6th Guru Hargobind Rai Sahib, the history book says that the Mughals differences with him were not because of any ideological or religious reasons but just because the Guru was hunter and kept hunting dogs. The books also claim that the 10th Master gur Gobind Singh ji Maharaj “deserted the battle of Chamkaur Sahib without informing anyone.” Thus according to the book, he did not go as Uch da Peer as directed by his beloved followers.” These are shocking claims about the history of the great Gurus by the Punjab government. What are they trying to teach our children and the whole world by changing the facts in the bhisotry of the Gurus.,” the SAD president asked.
The Core Committee also passed resolution to condole the demise of the former Delhi CM ShriMadal lal Khurana and late Brigadier (Retd.) Balbir Singh Grewal, ex-MLA Gurdev Singh Sidhu and Jathedar Labh Singh.
Senior leaders who attended the meeting included , SGPC President S.Gobind Singh Longowal , Former SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar, Former SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar besides senior leaders Jathedar Tota Singh, S.Balwinder Singh Bhundar,S Charanjit Singh Atwal, S.Nirmal Singh Kahlon, Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, S Maheshinder Singh Grewal, S. Janmeja Singh Sekhon, Bibi Upinderjit Kaur, S. Sikander Singh Maluka, S Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Bibi Jagir Kaur, , S. Gulzar Singh Ranike, S. Hira Singh Zira, S. Bikram Singh Majithia, S. Surjit Singh Rakhra, Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, S. Baldev Singh Mann & S. Virsa Singh Valtoha, Mr Harcharan Bains & SGPC members S. Rajinder Singh Mehta, S. Amarjit Singh Chawla & S. Gurcharan Singh Grewal. EOM.