The Fact News Service
Amritsar, December 13
In view of the Sikh sentiments, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has completely banned the portrayal of Sikh Gurus and their family members through all sought of films till further decision.
This decision was taken in the SGPC’s Dharam Prachar Committee (DPC) meeting held in Amritsar, which was presided over by SGPC President Harjinder Singh Dhami.
Moreover, a decision has also been taken to form a joint committee of representatives of SGPC and Nihung Singh jathebandis (organizations), to mark the 200-year centenary of the martyrdom of Sikh general Akali Baba Phula Singh.
SGPC President Harjinder Singh Dhami said that due to the ongoing trend of making films on the Sikh Gurus and their family members, there has been a resentment among the Sikh Sangat, in view of which, the SGPC has decided to ban their portrayal through all kinds of films.
He said that on this serious matter, objections from various religious sabha societies and Sangat had been reaching SGPC repeatedly, due to which, films related to Sikh Gurus and their family members will be banned until further decision.
About the 200-year martyrdom centenary of Akali Baba Phula Singh, coming in March 2023, Harjinder Singh Dhami said that the SGPC and Nihung Singh jathebandis will jointly organise Samagams (congregations) in this regard.
He said a joint committee will be formed after consultation with Jathedar Baba Balbir Singh, head of Shiromani Panth Akali Buddha Dal. He added that this joint committee will comprise of three members each from SGPC and Nihung Singh jathebandis.
Harjinder Singh Dhami said to intensify the Dharam Prachar (Sikh religious preaching), events will be organised and a special van has been prepared in this regard, which will take the pracharaks (preachers) from village to village. He said border areas will be specially focused under the Dharam Prachar campaign.
He added that along with religious congregations in villages, the preacher groups will discuss with the families Sikh history, principles and Rehat Maryada (Sikh code of conduct), so that people can easily understand the basics and origin of Sikh faith.
Meanwhile, SGPC President also flagged off the special van prepared for the purpose of religious preaching, which will operate under the supervision of Shaheed Sikh Missionary College, Amritsar.
Present on this occasion included DPC members Bhai Ajaib Singh Abhyasi, Tejinderpal Singh, Avtar Singh Vanwala, Bhai Pritpal Singh, Manjit Singh Bappiana, Rampal Singh Behniwal, member in-charge of religious preaching campaign Bhai Rajinder Singh Mehta, in-charge Majha zone Bhai Ram Singh, secretary Partap Singh, OSD Satbir Singh Dhami, DPC secretary Balwinder Singh Kahlwan, additional secretary Kulwinder Singh Ramdas, assistant secretary Nirvail Singh, in-charge Shahbaz Singh, Varinder Singh Tharu, Kartar Singh, superintendent Malkeet Singh Beharwal, Principal Bibi Manjit Kaur, supervisor Harinder Singh, and Bikramjit Singh Jhangi.