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Pro-Kala Afghana Writer Harjinder Dilgeer Banned by European Sikh Sangat

February 20, 2009
Source: Khalsa Press

PARIS, France (KP)- Despite Akal Takht Sahib's strict stance against fabricating Sikh History, Dr. Harjinder Dilgeer is still trying to spread his heretical literature in Gurdwaras across the globe. Dilgeer was recently boycotted at a local Gurdwara in France, after he was trying to propagate his most recent heretical book “Sikh Twareekh.” To prevent the sangat from being misled by this sacrilegious impostor, the Gurdwara took a strong stance and refused to let Dilgeer spread his fiction here. In addition, the committee requested Akal Takht Sahib and the SGPC to do a thorough examination of Dilgeer's deceitful literature and prevent Dilgeer from preaching at any Gurdwara.

Singh Sahib Giani Gurbachan Singh fulfilled the committee's request and asked the Dharam Parchar Committee to establish a five member committee to fully examine and document the propaganda of Dilgeer's book “Sikh Twareekh” (History of Sikhs). Singh Sahib mentioned it was important to further prevent manmat literature to spread through our Gurdwaras and Sikh Institutions which the Kala Afghana lobby is already swiftly doing. While Akal Takht is investigating Dilgeer's erroneous work, Gurdwaras across the globe should boycott Dilgeer from speaking on stage. The sangat should not be conned by Dilgeer's deception.

Dilgeer's most recent book attempts to completely discredit authentic Sikh history and re-writes the history with a modern spin to make sense of Guru Ji’s mysterious unexplainable power. He goes as far as to question the story which explains how Guru Nanak Sahib Ji rotated Mecca. This sakhi is well documented and beautifully explained with great detail in Bhai Gurdas Ji’s Vaars (
http://www.sikhitothemax.com/page.asp?ShabadID=5572). Should we allow faithless cynics like Dilgeer to come to our Gurdwaras and question the writings of our most prominent scholar (Bhai Gurdas Ji) the Sikh panth has been blessed with? The book does not only undermine ancient Sikh history of Guru Nanak Dev Ji's time, it undermines all of Sikh history.

“Sikh Twareekh” is a box set of 5 books about Sikh History. The five books are set out in 5 different timelines. The first book includes the years 1469-1708. The second book includes the years 1708-1850. The third book is from 1850-1947, the fourth from 1947-1984 and the fifth includes the years 1984 to present day. Throughout this set Dilgeer has the audacity to make some of the most outrageous claims.

Recently a panthic meeting was arranged in the UK, and the sangat collectively concluded that such writings are anti-Panthic and must have been influenced by the works of heretics like Inder Ghaggha and Prof. Darshan Singh. The meeting was recently held at Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha Birmingham (Soho Road). Gursikhs from numerous Gurdwaras, Jathebandis and organisations attended.

These included Jathedar of Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, Bhai Mohinder Singh (GNNSJ), Bhai Jasdev Singh Rai (Southall), Bhai Charan Singh (Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji Gurdwara, Tividale), Bhai Soda Singh (Dudley Gurdwara), Bhai Balwinder Singh Chahheru (Sandwell Sikh Council), Cllr. Gurdial Singh Atwal, Bhai Sukhbir Singh, Bhai Gurmeet Singh Sidhu (Wolverhampton Sikh Council), Bhai Tarsem Singh Deol (British Sikh Council), Bhai Balbir Singh (AKJ UK), Jathedar Bhai Mohinder Singh Khera (Oldbury Guru Ghar), Bhai Jagdev Singh Boparai (Sikh Council Birmingham), Bhai Ranjit Singh (GNG West Bromwich), Jathedar Mota Singh (Nihung Singh Sabha UK), Bhai Kulwant Singh Dhesi (Coventry) Bhai Balihar Singh Ramewal (Shrimoni Youth Akali Dal), Bhai Sarbjit Singh Kooner (Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar) Bhai Ranjit Singh Rana (Sahib Magazine), Jathedar Joga Singh and Bhai Kuldeep Singh Chahheru (both coordinators of FSO - Federation of Sikh Organisations).

View FSO Press Release in PDF Format

At the meeting, the sangat collectively discovered that Dilgeer's book distorts the history of the Guru Sahibans, Sikh Shaheeds, and Sikh Gurdwaras. Objection was raised in regards to the claim of Dilgeer that states that Guru Nanak Sahib Ji never fed the hungry Sadhus with the money that his father Mehta Kalian Das gave him. Dilgeer states "Guru Sahib would never have wasted his money on Vehlereh (freeloaders)". The Sakhi of Guru Arjan Sahib Ji sitting on the tatti tavi (hot plate) was made up by poets and writers (page 220).

Dilgeer claims Gurdwara Sacha Sauda, Gurdwara Sant Ghat Sultanpur Lodhi, Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib as well as other numerous sacred gurdwaras are "fake gurdwaras." Dilgeer claims that the history connected with these Gurdwaras are made up by poets and other fake scholars. In addition, he states that the Panja at Panja Sahib is not of Guru Nanak Sahib Ji's because it had existed hundreds of years before Guru Nanak Dev Ji (page 123).

Going against the amrit sanchar, he states that the concept of “Aape Gur Chela” is inaccurate. He writes that Guru Gobind Singh Ji first used the Khanda to put five drops of Amrit in his own mouth before giving it to the Panj Pyaarey (page 316). He also writes that Sahibzada Ajit Singh Ji was married to Bibi Tara Kaur and had a son called Hothi Singh. After the Shaheedi of Sahibzada Ajit Singh ji, Bibi Tara Kaur was then married off to a Singh from a village called Burhanapur (page 405).

During the meeting, Sangat took a strong stance and concluded that they will not allow Dilgeer to propagate this manmat at any of the Gurdwaras they attend or manage. This is a great step since Dilgeer, who is a resident of the UK, will be prevented from spreading his heretical literature in his own country of residence. It is important that sangat from US, Canada, India, and other countries take similar measures to prevent anti-Sikh literature from spreading in Sikh institutions. If you happen to see this book in stock at any Gurdwara library please kindly remove it.


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