Sikh bodies seek inauguration of Akal Takhat Jathedar over Amitabh Bhachchan’s presence on inauguration of Khalsa heritage complex
Published: November 22, 2011
Amritsar, Punjab (November 24, 2011): Sikh bodies like All India Sikh Student Federation (AISSF), Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) and victims of November 1984 approached Giani Gurbachan Singh, Jathedar Sri Akal Takhat Sahib seeking his immediate intervention to stop SAD (Badal) led Government of Punjab from inviting Amitabh Bachchan to the religious ceremony of inauguration of Khalsa Heritage Comlex.
Inauguration of Virasat-e-Khalsa which is the symbol of Sikh religious history is considered as the prerogative of the head of Supreme Seat of Sikhism, Jathedar Sri Akal Takhat Sahib.
Meanwhile, Shiromani Akali Dal (Panch Pardhani) led by Bhai Daljeet Singh Bittu, has also objected to inauguration of the complex by Parkash Singh Badal, leader of SAD (Badal) as this is considered to be prerogative of Panj Singh Sahibs.
In a statement sent to Sikh Siyasat Network Bhai Harpal Singh Cheema, Secretary General of Panch Pardhani said that Badal was working to create confusion among Sikhs at the behest of RSS.
As per information available with Sikh Siyasat Network, AISSF has presented before Giani Gurbachan Singh, Bibi Jagdish Kaur a victim of November 1984 who has seen Amitabh Bachchan on Doordarshan raising the slogan “Khoon ka badla khoon” in November 1984, demanding that a person who instigated Genocide of Sikhs resulting in the killing of thousands of Sikhs should not be invited to the religious function of Sikhism.
According to Karnail Singh Peermohammad, President AISSF, since Khalsa Heritage Project embodies the religious history of Sikhs and the struggle of Sikh nation against injustices, it must be inaugurated by and under the patronage of Giani Gurbachan Singh Jathedar Sri Akal Takhat Sahib. Since Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh has already issued a directive declaring the November 1984 killing of Sikhs as Genocide, Amitabh Bachchan who participated in that Genocide by instigating the killing of Sikhs should not be made a part of Virasat-e-Khalsa inauguration ceremony. Additionally, Sri Akal Takhat Sahib should issue a directive to Sikh community that no film star should be invited as “special guest” to religious functions of Sikhism, added Peermohammad.
While Amitabh Bachchan has not so far been charged by Indian Authorities for his role in the killing of Sikhs during November 1984, SFJ, human rights NGO has filed a criminal complaint with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Australia against Amitabh Bachchan. The complaint filed by SFJ is now under the investigation of “Australian Federal Police”, Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, legal advisor of SJF informed Sikh Siyasat Network.