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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Latest News from Punjab as it comes

Kanwaljit Singh cremated under heavy security

Sushil GoyalTribune News ServiceSangrur, May 18Kanwaljit Singh (28), a local resident, who died in a firing near Naam Charcha Ghar of the Dera Sacha Sauda at Sunam yesterday night, was today cremated amid great tension and under heavy security in the presence of Jathedar of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Balwant Singh Nandgarh, chief of Damdami Taksal Harnam Singh Dhuman, a former Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Bhai Jasbir Singh Rode, SAD (A) vice-president Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu, Sikh saints and leaders at the local cremation ground.Situation remained tense for about 15 minutes when a number of youths, carrying swords and lathis, stopped the vehicles, including the one carrying Kanwaljit Singh’s body, as they were insisting to take it to the cremation ground through the main bazars of the town, but the family and religious leaders had decided to carry the body through a shortest route (Baguana-Ubhawal-Sangrur road) to avoid any untoward incident.On this, Jathedar Nandgarh announced, “Jo ohda sir liayu, sone chandi naal tol diange” (who will bring the head of Dera Sacha Sauda’s chief, he will be weighed against gold and silver). This paved the way for carrying Kanwaljit Singh’s body to the cremation ground through the shortest route (Baguana-Ubhawal-Sangrur).In the wake of Kanwaljit Singh’s cremation, who got married about one and half years ago and had a six-month old daughter, all local shopkeepers had downed their shutters for the entire day. The BSF and the Punjab Police kept vigil on various spots in the town to prevent any untoward incident.In Sunam, a mob reportedly ransacked two houses and two shops of dera followers. All markets in the town also remained closed for the day. The mob also took out a protest march through the town while a BSF company took out a flag march.In Bhawanigarh, a protest march was also taken out by Sikh organisations against the dera head. In Dhuri, activists of Sikh organisations also burnt an effigy of the dera head.


Anonymous said...

I think they main thing lacking in all this incident is what is Dera Sucha Sauda all about. What does it stand for? This is important to understand because we (the Sikhs) need to know if our faith is being 'hijacked' here. Like some organisations have done in the past. Let me explain. To say you are a Muslim but then not believe in the Quran, the whole of the Quran, and only the Quran would be a lie (i.e. you cannot follow the Veda too). You can only be a Muslim if you believe in the Quran. To say you are a Christian and not believe in the Bible, the whole of the Bible, and only the Bible is a lie (i.e. you cannot also follow the Quran). You must believe in the Bible to be a Christian. To say you are a Sikh and not believe in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the whole of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, and only the Sri Guru Grant Sahib Ji would also be a lie i.e. you cannot just believe in some man who claims to be a Guru After Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji NOT IF YOU ARE A SIKH ANYWAY OR THINK OF YOURSELF TO BE A SIKH IN ANY SHAPE WAY OR FORM. The Same applies for all religions you must follow that religion. To try and 'pic n mix' is a persons choice but then they should not LIE and claim they are a member of just one of the religions that the leader of your Dera has chose to dress up like, because, he actually has no faith in the 'religion' he has started. It's upto any person what new religion they chose to 'make up' but to then try and associate themselves with any religion only shows that they actually have no faith in the religion, club, gang or dera they have started otherwise, they would be proud to be different and totally NEW! I am not saying people cannot observe other religions and compare them to their own but they must not undermine another religion by offending it or imitating it. If you like a religion follow it but do not offend any religion as this is the worst sin of all! And don't think that an arena full of gullible, innocent people makes this OK, that just makes you a charlatan, or Nakli Baba, all the more!!!!

Khalsa said...

paji thankyou for your comment and you have voiced your opinoun. If any other sangat has any views please feel free to leave comments. Your idea of a sikh being a good sikh, a hindu being a good hindu etc that is what Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa preached too and he also warned about cults that would try to ruin the image of the sikh panth. There is one main problem if a religion doesn't have good leaders then the religion is nothing, our leaders Parkash Singh Badaal, Joginder Singh Vedantti etc are these people really helping the panth?