dalsingh101 Posted January 21, 2020 Report Share Posted January 21, 2020 Sikh and Punjabi culture different: Takht Jathedar AMRITSAR: Differentiating between Sikh and Punjabi cultures, the Akal Takht jathedar sought cancellation of cases registered against 9 Sikh youths held for vandalising the platform of Punjabi folk dancers's statues on the Heritage Street leading to the Golden Temple. The revamped street -- running from Town Hall building to the Golden Temple Plaza -- was unveiled in October 2016 during the fag-end of the tenure of the previous SAD-BJP government. The acting Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Harpreet Singh, said on Monday that Amritsar was the centre of Sikh religion and such statues should have not been installed in the 'Heritage Street'. "There is a difference between Sikh and Punjabi culture as the latter also covers Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and people of all other religions living in Punjab, but the Sikh culture is distinct," he said. SGPC mum, Sikh bodies want dance statues shifted Virtually absolving the youths who damaged the statue platform of any wrongdoing, the jathedar termed the action as emotional and said they had only damaged the statues’ platform, not the statues. On January 15, a group of Sikh youths had tried to vandalise the statues of Giddha and Bhangra artistes. But before they could achieve their onjective, they were overpowered by police and booked under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC and Section 3 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property (PDPP) Act. Despite the raging controversy over the statues, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) has kept mum over the issue. Even SGPC chief secretary Roop Singh has declined to comment on it. US-based Sikh bodies, Sikh Coordination Committee East Coast (SCCEC) and American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (AGPC), held a meeting to condemn installation of Punjabi cultural statues on Heritage Street and demanded cancellation of cases against the Sikh youths. SCCEC coordinator Himmat Singh said the SCCEC and AGPC had held a teleconference on the issue and there was unanimity among them over it being a grave mistake to install these statues near Golden Temple. These organisations expressed solidarity with Sikh bodies fighting for the cause. Meanwhile, various Sikh bodies have convened a meeting on January 22 to mount pressure on the government to release the arrested youths and to shift the statues from the 'heritage street'. https://m.timesofindia.com/city/amritsar/sikh-and-punjabi-culture-different-takht-jathedar/amp_articleshow/73468164.cms 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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