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source: http://www.punjabmailonline.com/


Fatehgarh Sahib June 3:

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti has said that Takht Sri Patna Sahib, Jathedar Giani Iqbal Singh, has no right to summon Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar.

Talking to mediapersons at Gurdwara Sri Fatehgarh Sahib here on Monday, Vedanti said that Giani Iqbal Singh also had no right to summon former Akal Takht Jathedar Prof Darshan Singh Ragi. It may be mentioned here that Giani Iqbal Singh had recently summoned Makkar on the issue of publication of a controversial book by the SGPC and Prof Darshan Singh on his stand on 'Dasam Granth' and 'Raag Mala'.

Vedanti said that it was only the domain of the Akal Takht to decide all panthic issues as it is related to the Sikh community. Jathedars of various Takhts can decide issues related to their respective areas only but all the panthic issues can be decided by Jathedars of all Takhts jointly at the Akal Takht Sahib. He said Giani Iqbal Singh had taken certain decisions on issues on which he had no domain. Hence, these were not valid.

He said that a meeting of the Sikh clergy would be held at the Akal Takht on June 6, where important issues would be discussed. Vedanti refused to comment on any controversial issue. On some issues, where Vedanti could be held in a tight spot his personal assistant Prithipal Singh Sadhu answered the queries. He said that 'Parkash' of Dasam Granth could not be conducted parallel to 'parkash' of Guru Granth Sahib. Guru Granth Sahib is the only 'Guru' and no other granth could be installed parallel to it.

Asked about the controversy about 'Dasam Granth', he said that a committee of scholars had already constituted to go into the matter. When asked about his closed-door meeting with SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar where the latter expressed his displeasure about Vedanti's statement regarding a separate State of Sikhs (Khalistan), the Akal Takht Jathedar said that this issue was not discussed at the meeting. He said that it was a routine meeting. He handed over his mobile phone to mediapersons to contact Makkar to know what actually transpired at the meeting. Baseless reports were appeared in a section of the Press on this issue.

When asked about his statement regarding Khalistan during his US visit, he said that the position would be cleared at an appropriate time. On the translation of Guru Granth Sahib in other languages, Vedanti said that first of all there was need for a Guru Granth Sahib 'tika', which is acceptable by all. He said that a committee had been constituted in this regard. After publishing of 'Tika', the translation work could be started.

Source : Punjab Mail Online

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