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American Sikhs hold conference to implement original Nanakshahi calendar | SNE

By  Times of India .
Nov 18, 2017


AMRITSAR: American Sikhs representing various religious societies and intellectuals, including author of ‘mool’ (original) Nanakshahi calendar (MNC) held a MNC Implementation Conference at Chicago, aiming to make relevant corrections in the almanac and reach a consensus over it.
“The intent of the conference was to bring the long-lingering issue of correcting, then permanently fixing all the historic dates in perpetuity and finally, agreeing to implement the MNC across the diaspora,” an office-bearer of American Sikh Council (ASC), who didn’t wish to give his name, told TOI after conclusion of the three-day conference on Wednesday.

The ASC is an umbrella organization representing Sikhs in the United States. It is an elected body of Sikh gurdwaras and institutions. Currently, 73 gurdwaras and other Sikh institutions across the US, are its members.

Sikhs’ single largest representative body Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) had implemented the MNC in 2003. However, following pressure from various quarters, certain amendments were made in the calendar, despite objections by many Sikh bodies.

The ASC member informed that Sikh representatives of Palatine Gurdwara Sahib, Palatine, Illinois, took the initiative to hold the conference on the ‘implementation of the MNC, adding that they had also spent months canvassing dozens of gurdwaras across the nation and finally organized the conference.

 Over 300 Sikh Americans, prominently among them Pal Singh Purewal, Surinder Singh, Sarabjit Singh Sacramento, Jasbir Kaur, Niranjan Singh Dhesi, Pardeep Singh, Irwinpreet Singh and Harkirat Singh, participated in the conference.
 He said the conference, which included representatives from a few dozen gurdwaras, focused on bringing permanent stability to the dates of historic Sikh events that were in tune with Gurbani as well as the internationally-recognized solar calendar.

MNC architect Purewal, who has spent years researching about the calendar, explained in minute detail the intricacies that surround its technical and historic issues to the participants, said the ASC office-bearer.

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