Monday, 15 March, 2010

SGPC releases amended version of Nanakshahi calendar

SGPC releases amended version
of Nanakshahi calendar

By Jagmohan Singh

AMRITSAR: Jatedhdar Akal Takht (highest Sikh temporal seat) Gyani Gurbachan Singh and President SGPC Avtar Singh Makkar here today jointly released the amended version of Nanak Shahi Calendar (separate Sikh calendar).
Speaking on this occasion jatehdar Akal Takht said that entire community all over the world should adopt and follow the amended version of Nanak Shahi calendar in letter and spirit.
Launching scathing attack on some Sikh organizations which vehemently denied following the amended version of calendar as they would follow the old one, jatehdar said that such people creating confusion among Sikh community and described them anti Sikh.
Jatehdar said that it was need of the hour to bring certain amendments in the calendar as various Sikh intellectuals brought in notice a range of short comings, since various religious days were clashing with one another. Hence, keeping in view all the aspects amendments were brought in practice, he added.
Dal Khalsa a radical Sikh Organisation spokesperson Kanwarpal Singh rued that the SGPC has killed the letter and spirit of the Nanakshahi Calendar by mixing it with Bikrami calendar, which had its roots in Hinduism.
“We had mentioned dates of Gurpurabs (Sikh religious days) according to original calendar adopted in April 2003 as we believe that the amended version has a imprint of RSS ideology”, Kanwarpal Singh said.
However, on January 3, this year, amidst chaos Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) Executive members had given final
approval to bring amendments in Nanak Shahi Calendar, following green signal from Akal Takht.
Leaders of various Sikh organisations said that while rejecting the SGPC decision said that the entire Sikh Diaspora would remain stick with the original Nanak Shahi Calendar which was adopted by the General House meeting of SGPC in March 29, 2003.
Earlier, Pal Singh Purewal, a Canada based Sikh intellectual who crafted the 'Nanakshahi, calendar had requested Akal Takht Jathedar to consult him before making any change in it but in vain. Purewal said that it was highly objectionable as any change in the calendar would reduce it to carbon copy of 'Bikrami Calendar'. He said that Nanakshahi calendar was based on religious, historical and scientific research of many years.

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