Clean chit to Radha Swami Dera Beas – four other Jathedars endorse Giani Gurbachan Singh’s decision
Published: August 16, 2012
Amritsar, Punjab (August 16, 2012): As per news reports Jathedars of four Takhats, other than Sri Akal Takhat, have endorsed to the clean chit given to Dera Radha Swami Beas on the issue of dismantling of a Gurdwara at Waraich. The decision of endorsement has come after a meeting of five Jathedars held on August 15, 2102 at Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Amritsar.
According to information available with Sikh Siyasat the meeting was attended by Akal Takhat Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, Takhat Kesgarh Sahib Jathedar Giani Tarlochan Singh, Takhat Damdama Sahib Jathedar Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Takhat Patna Sahib Jathedar Giani Iqbal Singh and Giani Jagtar Singh Granthi Sri Darbar Sahib as no representative of the Takhat Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib came to participate in the meeting.
“Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh of Takht Damdama Sahib and Giani Iqbal Singh of Takht Patna Sahib, endorsed Akal Takht’s decision in unequivocal terms and said that they fully supported Giani Gurbachan Singh in what he has done” reports YesPunjab (YP).
The matter did not rest here. A strange decision was also taken in light of controversy regarding shifting of Gurdwara Waraich. It was resolved that though no historical gurdwara can be altered or shifted, the non-historical gurdwaras can be altered or shifted with the consent and collective decision and as per the requirements of Sikh Sangat of the area.
The Jathedars also came in defence of Giani Gurbachan Singh and said that panthic groups should behave in such a manner that the supremacy of Akal Takht is not challenged. Without naming, but in context of the decision of some panthic groups to ‘boycott’ Akal Takht Jathedar, the four jathedars appealed to Sikh Sangat not to play in the hands of alleged anti-panthic forces.
Jathedars have also sought cooperation from the panthic groups and said that they should remain committed to Akal Takht so that glorious panthic traditions were maintained.
It is notable here that many Sikh organisations had given a call to ‘boycott’ Giani Gurbachan Singh keeping in view his decision to give a ‘clean chit’ to Dera Radha Soami, Beas on the issue of Gurdwara Waraich.
Sikh organizations are of the view that the decision of Giani Gurbachan Singh is taken under political pressure from Badal clan.
These organizations include SAD Amritsar, Akali Dal Panch Pardhani, Dal Khalsa, Khalsa Action Committee, Panthic Sewa Lehar and Damdami Taksal Ajnala.