Major Embarrassment to Badal, Makkar, and the SGPC
Sri Amritsar Sahib (KP) - When the right-wing Hindu militant BJP leader LK Advani visited Sri Darbar Sahib as part of a publicity stunt this week, the Hazoori Ardaasia Giani Kulwinder Singh declined to offer Advani the customary ‘siropa’ given to guests who donate Rs100 or more at the sancta sanctorum.
Some witnesses stated that the manner in which Advani presented his offerings in front of Sri Guru Granth Sahib also offended Giani Kulwinder Singh. It was reported that some of the politicians present inside Sri Darbar Sahib tried to persuade Giani Ji into presenting a siropa to the Hindu leader, but Giani Ji did not budge and later stated that his conscious and convictions did not allow him to honor a person like Advani.
Outside, Akali Dal Amritsar and other Sikh organizations vociferously protested the visit by the BJP terrorist, but they were cordoned off by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) ‘task-force’ security team. Slogans such as 'Khalistan Zindabad', 'Advani Murdabad' (Death to Advani), 'Advani Go Back’ could be herd around the complex.
- Giani Kulwinder Singh, Sri Dabar Sahib
It needs to be noted that LK Advani had openly supported and praised the June 1984 attack of the Sri Darbar Sahib complex in which thousands of innocent Sikh were killed and the building of Sri Akal Takht Sahib was left virtually destroyed.
As Advani was leaving the complex, opposition SGPC committee member Gupreet Singh Jhabbar representing Akali Dal Amritsar directly questioned Advani about why he supported the 1984 invasion on Sri Darbar Sahib resulted in the death of over 20 thousands Sikhs. Immediately, BJP stooge Navjot Sidhu interjected and threatened the SGPC member and barked: “You just step outside then I will deal with you!”
Meanwhile Akali Dal Amritsar and other Sikh representatives sent their appreciations to Giani Kulwinder Singh for refusing the siropa to Advani.
As was expected, the Badal controlled SGPC later presented a ‘siropa’ to Advani in a closed room session in the SGPC information office, but declined to offer details on who actually presented the ‘siropa’ to the despised Hindu leader.
In recent times, presenting 'siropas' to politicians and so-called VIPs has always been a controversial practice and Sri Dabar Sahib sewadars have been criticized and chided over this many times. When Parkash Badal's deceased wife, Surinder, once visited Sri Darbar, Giani Jaswinder Singh hastily left his Hazoori duty with Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and personally walked over and presented a siropa to Badal's patit spouse.
After this incident, respected Head Granthi Giani Mohan Singh Ji (who declined the offer to become Sri Akal Takht Sahib Jathedar in 1999 after Bhai Ranjit Singh was removed) caught up with Giani Jawinder Singh in the parkarma and reprimanded him for bringing denigration to the holy seat of Baba Budha Ji, the first Granthi Sahib of Sri Darbar Sahib.
Ironically, as word spread of this incident, as retribution by the Badal Clan, Giani Mohan Singh was forced into early retirement and dismissed of any future duties at Sri Darbar Sahib. Such is the treatment given to these sewadars whom the SGPC and Akali Dal considers as mere employees who could be dismissed from their religious seva at the whim of politicians.
Could the same fate await Giani Kulwinder Singh?
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SIKHS had called 'Surbatt Khalsa' in past and they should muster strength to call it again!
If Sangat decides and is united then they can't intervene in Religious affairs however, if so-called leaders sleep over the issues then anything is possible!
However why is it that PANTH awakes only when 'They loose everything and have nothing else to loose, they loose-it'
Full on respect to Giani Kulwinder Singh for not following the norms of the badal clan. He made all Sikhs who respect the values of dignity and integrity proud.
Down with these BJP Goons for supporting the attack against Sikhs and the Genocide against Sikhs and down with the Congress Party for starting it!
Guru has done what He, likes through his men.
Giani Ji did good.
Khaki Nikar wala Badal can do nay thing to please his fellow Khaki Nikar walas - the majority Hindus
I am glad to see that there are principled sewadars who take this responsibility with utmost care. My highest respect offered to Giani Kulwinder Singh Ji, may he encourage many more Sikhs to do the same. Principals before worldly attachments. He has inspired me!