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(Un)Holy fight

Reference the edit “Fighting for Gurdwaras” (July 23), the sane advice to avoid confrontation should be heeded to by all concerned, specially the Badal-controlled SAD. This political party, under the garb of religious fervour, is agitating and itching for a fight, only to divert the attention of the public from their sufferings at the hands of politicians in power. Gullible village folks are being goaded into believing the Akalis’ pet slogan that the “Panth in danger.” Armed Nihangs and SGPC task force have been sent to Haryana gurdwaras. It a very dangerous move.

It is to the credit of Haryana Sikh leaders that they are showing restraint and good sense so as not to vitiate the situation.

Akali leaders have not acted responsibily in dictating the Akal Takht to excommunicate Haryana Sikh leaders. The Badals’ pressure tactic to coax the Home Secretary into sending a letter to Haryana for withdrawing the consent of the Governor for the HGSMC is an act of desperation. If SAD believes that its cause is right, it should take recourse to courts, instead of readying to send jathas to fight an (un)holy war with their Sikh brethren.

LJ Singh, via email

Unbecoming clash

The Sikhs are a great and magnanimous community, known for their hard work, selfless service, sacrifice and faith in the Almighty. It does not behove them to quarrel among themselves. It matters little as to who controls the gurdwaras. The Gurus have taught us that there should not be any greed but a true and sincere will of serving the people. The Sikhs are saddened over the prevailing situation and mounting tempers. Things can be handled with patience and mutual consultations.


Local panels okay

Apropos the editorial “Fighting for gurdwaras” (July 23), our leaders should not politicise religion.

The Sikhs of Haryana have a right to manage their own gurdwaras. In Seoul (South Korea), I have seen Sikh boys managing two gurdwaras without the SGPC. There should be a local committee of each gurdwara for better management and it is in tune with the principle of decentralisation and proper use of donations.

Let the SGPC change its looks. actions and words. Let legal course of action be taken if the decision is not in tune with natural justice.

PROF MM GOEL, Kurukshetra

SAD misusing power

The advice given in the editorial “Fighting for gurdwaras” is sane and timely. SAD has been misusing religion for political ends. Led by a family, it has made a cocktail of politics and religion by interfering in SGPC affairs. Why is SAD seeking the assistance of the Central Government to sort out a religious matter? It is the job of Akal Takht, the supreme religious body, or the court of law.

It is the legitimate right of the Haryana Sikhs to have a separate SGPC, like in some other states such as Delhi. The Sikh community should sort out the issue without flaunting arms in public.

Manga Ram, Faridabad

Don’t politicise SPGC

The SGPC is a private autonomous religious body. Therefore, no state or government authority should intervene in its private affairs. To prevent political chaos, it should be left alone to decide its affairs according to its constitution and byelaws.

Rajesh Chadha, via email

A religious matter

If Delhi can have its own committee, why not Haryana? The Punjab Government must hold discussions on the issue instead of protests, which hurt Sikh sentiments. It is not a political matter but a religious one.

Ritu Thakur, Panchkula

Misplaced priority

Reference to the news items “Row over control of Gurdwaras in Haryana” and “It’s Panth vs Congress, says CM Badal”, I think it’s an issue of Badal vs Haryana SGPC golak. Punjab youths are dying with drugs. People aren't getting potable water or ample electricity. There is an immense shortage of coal. A whoopping number of youth is unemployed. Yet, Badals are more fretful about gurdwara golaks! They should focus on these issues.

Hardeep Singh, Morinda

A fight for ‘golak’

I fail to understand the row over the HGPC, which is legally constituted, and is the right of Sikhs in the state. I fail to understand the excommunication of few HGPC members when they have not done anything against the Panth. Rather, they have facilitated the Sikhs of Haryana to look after their interests better, by self-governance of their shrines. I also fail to understand the undue interest being shown by some political parties in the matter, and interference by the Centre in the issue which is a state subject.

But, one thing that seems to be clear is that our friends are on the boil not so much for religion but for power politics, and the control of 'golaks'. Yes, it is money which makes brothers fight, and relations break. So, lets not blow up the issue, and make it a law and order problem. Religion teaches us peace and brotherhood. Let’s follow what we preach, please.

Col RD Singh ( retd), Ambala Cantt

All-India Act needed

Reference the editorial “Fighting for gurdwaras” (July 23), the violent incident between two groups of gurdwara members in Delhi was unfortunate. Punjab leaders must have the sensibility to not politicise the matter. The editorial rightly says that Akali leaders should take steps cautiously in a peaceful manner.

There are different views on the move to form a separate committee for managing gurdwaras in Haryana. Despite assurance from the Haryana Government, the situation is likely to worsen in the coming days. More states may ask for separate panels for management of their gurdwaras. To avoid a confrontation on the issue, the formation of the All-India Gurdwara Act is the only solution. It is felt that politics is being mixed with religion and the real issue is not to have separate panels but control over the fat budgets of these religious institutions.




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