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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Punjab the latest - Arya Samaj trying to sort out Dera standoff?

Indian Press:
The Dera-Sikh standoff might be heading towards a resolution. Arya Samaj Activist Swami Agnivesh and other religious leaders met Dera Chief … on Tuesday. “
Perhaps the Swami needs to first apologize for the kartootan of their Anti-Panthic founders, see below :
During the Lahore Arya Samaj anniversary celebrations in 1866, Lala Datt Arora in a speech sharply criticised Sikhism. Pertinently, he said that so what if Swami Daynand called Guru Nanak Dev Ji a fraud ! ”Swamiji had the sum of the Vedas in his hands, he touted. He continued that “Guru Gobind Singh was not even a hundredth part like our Maharishsi Sawami Dayanand Saraswati and it is difficult to say whether the Sikhs have any religion or not, but surely they have no knowledge of any kind.” Other Arya speakers, speciafically Pandit Lekh Ram and Lala Murli Dhar rose to second Lala Guru Datt’s comments and addedctheir own words of sarcasm to the criticism of Sikh religion.
-Ref. “The Sikhs in History,” by Sangat Singh, 1995.

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