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Judgment of the Ayodya dispute should be accepted by all, says SGPC chief Makkar

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar said that judgment of the Ayodya dispute should be accepted by all.

After presiding over the meeting of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Educational Trust, Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab, India, Makkar, who is also ex officio president of the trust, said that the people should accept the court verdict on Ram Janambhoomi Babri Masjid case which is imminent on September 24.

Makkar said he will lead 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. He said various Sikh organisations have passed a resolution that they will not raise the gurdwara at any other place in Haridwar than at its original place at Har-ki-Pauri. The Gurdwara, set up at Har-ki-Pauri in memory of Guru Nanak Dev who visited the spot in 1504-05, was demolished during the anti Sikhs riots in 1984. 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. Makkar said Mota Singh held various responsible positions in Kenya and the UK in the legal fields such as Secretary, Law Society, Disciplinary Committee, Member, Kenya Council of Legal Education in Kenya. He said that the SGPC had already honoured Sir Mota. 

He further said SGPC will accord welcome to US President Barack Obama during his Golden Temple visit, which is expected in November. He said Obama will pay obeisance at the Golden Temple and SGPC will request him to intervene to end hate crime against the Sikhs due to mistaken identity. He said SGPC will convey to Obama to see that the Sikh rights' to religious identity was not violated in any part of the world especially in America and France. 

He further said he will soon Asand in Karnal tomorrow to tell the people about true picture of self styled Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief Jagdish Singh Jhinda. He said people of Haryana are aware about the acts of Jhinda. 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.

During the trust meeting various decisions were taken. SGPC Director Education Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, trust members Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Karnail Singh Panjoli, Amarinder Singh Libra, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College principal Dr M.S. Grewal, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Polytechnic College principal Attamjit Singh also participated in the meeting.

Photo Caption: SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar while presiding over meeting of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Educational Trust, Fatehgarh Sahib. 
Photo by: Gurpreet Singh Mehak
Contributed by: Gurpreet Singh Mehak
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Country: India
Date: September 23, 2010
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