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High priests: Resolve issue by Sept 26

Amritsar, September 2

The five Sikh high priests today asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to re-acquaint himself with Sikh principles and code of conduct so that he “ did not fall prey to the conspiracies of anti-Sikh forces”.

The Sikh clergy held an emergency meeting on the Sehajdhari and the Sikh marriage Act issues.

To a query, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said: “If the Sikh maryada is violated, being a Sikh, we can summon the PM and even initiate action against him. Even Maharaja Ranjit Singh was awarded tankhah (punishment for religious misconduct) when he violated the Sikh code of conduct.” He said Sikhs across the globe would not tolerate interference in the community’s affairs.

On the Centre dropping the proposal for a separate Sikh marriage Act, the Sikh clergy served an ultimatum on the Centre to resolve the issue by September 26, failing which they would initiate a “decisive move”. The Akal Takht Jathedar said the move had made the Sikhs feel they were “second-class citizens.” — TNS


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