Monday, May 26, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Mistakes in Guru Granth Sahib translation
Sarna takes up issue with Akal Takht
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 25
Many heads in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) may roll as a high-level probe conducted by the body has found many glaring mistakes in the translation of the Guru Granth Sahib.

The present executive of the DSGMC came to know about the mistakes committed by a Chennai-based translator, Mr Bhanumurti, who had taken lakhs of rupees as payment from it in the past over 10 years, when Mr Tarsem Singh, Chairman, Dharam Parchar Committee, examined the translated version of Japuji Sahib, Sukhmani Sahib and Jap Sahib and other banis into other languages, including Gujarati, Oriya and Telugu.

Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, President, DSGMC, while talking to TNS here today, said Mr Bhanumurti had taken lakhs of rupees from the committee for translating the Sikh religious matter into other languages. A computer was given to Mr Bhanumurti and the DSGMC had been paying regularly to his assistant also. He alleged that no person from the DSGMC had bothered to verify the translated version of the religious literature to find out whether it was authenticated or not despite the fact that thousands of copies of translated versions had been published.

“The DSGMC has asked him to stop the translation of the Guru Granth Sahib”, he said.

He pointed out that he had already taken up the matter with the Jathedar, Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti. A report in this connection would be submitted to him shortly to take action as per Sikh maryada.

He further alleged that some of his predecessors did not check the translated versions of the Sikh religious matter. They wanted to show to the “sangat” that they had made a big achievement by getting Guru Granth Sahib translated in many languages in their respective tenures. Some persons were even nominated as chairmen of the Dharam Parchar Committee by his predecessors to curb dissidence in their groups despite the fact that such persons were having little knowledge of the religion.



Sarna warns BJP

Bathinda, May 25
Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, President, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), today said that BJP would suffer heavily in the elections if it denied the committee the permission for taking a jatha of devotees to Pakistan for paying obeisance at Sikh shrines there.

Talking to TNS, he said the DSGMC had submitted an application to the Union Home Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, to allow it to take jatha of “unlimited” number of devotees to Pakistan. TNS


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