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Panth up in arms against proposed changes in the calendar

January 1, 2010 | By

Amritsar (January 01, 2010): Various Sikh bodies at home and in Diaspora today join hands to call upon the Akal Takht and the SGPC to convene a Sikh conclave to discuss proposed amendments in the Nanakshahi calendar before Akal Takht puts its stamp on it.

Strongly objecting on the move to tamper with the calendar, Dal Khalsa, Akand Kirtani Jatha, DSGMC, Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat, Shiromani Akali dal (Panch Pardani), Sikh Students Federation, Sikh Youth of Punjab, Akal Federation, Shiromani Panthic Council in a joint statement said the calendar was a valuable asset of the community and no one has a right or monopoly to amend or alter it.

Firing a salvo against the SGPC chief Avtar Singh, leaders including Paramjit Singh Sarna, Manjit Singh Calcutta, Satnam Singh, Kanwarpal Singh, Harpal Singh Cheema, Parmjit Singh Gazi, Rajinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh Mann and Baldev Singh said he along with Jathedar Akal Takht was playing partisan role. They said in lieu of votes, the SAD leadership was hell bent to hurt the collective sentiments of the Sikhs. Taking tough stand against SGPC head for buckling under pressure before his political mentors, they said tampering with the calendar was unacceptable and intolerable.

The leaders warned the SGPC for going against the wishes and aspirations of the community.

Significantly, Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Sikh Youth of America, Sikh Federation of Germany, Switzerland, Australia & Canada, Dashmesh Darbar Surrey, Voices for Freedom, Khalistan Affairs Centre too have voiced their concern against the proposed changes.

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