Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar and Damdami Taksal chief Harnam Singh Khalsa launched website on late SGPC president Gurcharan Singh Tohra.www.gurcharansinghtohra.com was launched during a function held at Gurdwara Sri Fatehgarh Sahib. Though the website was related to late Tohra but none from Tohra family including his son and former minister Harmail Singh Tohra participated in the function. Even the detail of all family members were not given on the website. When the SGPC member Satwinder Singh Tohra was contacted, who was instrumental in making the website said that the website is yet to be fully developed. He said presently details about late Tohra’s wife was not given on the website, however, these will be updated later together with details of other members of the family.
When media persons asked Giani Gurbachan Singh about self styled Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, chief Jagdish Singh Jhinda, that Jhinda is repeatedly challenging Akal Takht and SGPC he could not give satisfactory reply. He only said action will be taken against Jhinda only if he will make nuisance at Gurdwaras.
When asked Jhinda is challenging to take control on Gurdwaras in Haryana why Akal Takht is not taking it seriously, he could not give satisfactory reply and said the Jhinda and his supporters should amicably settle the matter.
He said it is matter of pride that 79 year old Sir Mota Singh, UK's first Sikh and Asian judge, knighted by Queen Elizabeth II earlier this year, had received the 'Pride of India Award' 2009 instituted by an organisation India International Foundation that promotes science and culture of India.
Giani Gurbachan Singh said SGPC will accord welcome to US President Barack Obama during his Golden Temple visit. He expressed grief over the death of Satinder Kaur Ahluwalia, the first ever Sikh woman elected to a provincial assembly in Canada. He hailed the decision of Railway Minister Mamta Banerjee who announced to name Kotkatta Metro Station name on Guru Gobind Singh. SGPC president Avtar Sing Makkar accepted the offer made by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief Paramjit Singh Sarna to make part of a delegation of Sikhs to meet Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal in the first week of October for restoration of Gyan Godri
Gurdwara at its original place at Har-ki-Pauri in Haridwar.
Makkar said that SGPC will not set Sikh Institute of Higher Studies in Bahadurgarh earlier it was planned to set up at SAS Nager. He said a committee has been formed and now the institute will be constructed on 10 acre land at Bahadurgarh.
He said they are fighting for Sikh cause. Commenting on the decision taken by Gurdwara Paunta Sahib Managing Trust in which it removed Sukhdev Bhaur from the post of general secretary of the trust, Makkar said he is ex officio president of the trust and the decision was taken without informing him. He said the meeting was illegal so there is no legal validity of the decision. He said SGPC will open two schools and a college in Haryana.
Damdami Taksal chief Harnam Singh Khalsa appealed to Sikhs in Haryana to settle their issue amicably. He said it is not justified to take control of Gurdwara forcibly.
SGPC Director Education Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, SGPC members Didar Singh Bhatti, Karnail Singh Panjoli, Satwinder Singh Tohra, SAD district president Jagdeep Singh Cheema, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib principal Dr Jatinder Singh Sidhu, Sant Hari Singh Randhawawale, website developer Gurnam Singh Akida was also present on the occasion.
Photo Caption : Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar while launching website on late SGPC president Gurcharan Singh Tohra.
Photo by Gurpreet Singh Mehak
Contributed by: Gurpreet Singh Mehak
Date: September 23, 2010