Sikhs Should Send Children Abroad to Study, Not for Menial Jobs: Akal Takht Jathedar || SNE
By TIME OF INDIA .
Jun 07, 2019
AMRITSAR: Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh has cautioned Sikhs against sending their children abroad for menial jobs. “Our children should go abroad not to do menial jobs but to study and work on influential posts,” he said while speaking from Akal Takht on the 35th anniversary of the Operation Bluestar.
“If the present trend among Sikhs of sending children abroad continues then there would be a day when no Sikh would be seen on higher posts in the state,” he added. In his message to the community, the jathedar said the then central government had attacked as many as 37 gurdwaras, including Darbar Sahib and Akal Takht on the martyrdom anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev and killed innocent Sikh pilgrims, including women and children. He added that about 92 saroop (forms) of Guru Granth Sahib were also injured and they are still preserved.
He demanded the Union government should reveal the names of ‘agencies’ behind the plundering of historical books and other articles of Sikh Reference Library during the Operation Bluestar, which have not been returned till date.
Without naming anyone, Giani Harpreet cautioned organization denigrating the Sikh institutions to stay in their limit. He added that several central and state-level forces were were trying to intervene in the religious and social issues of Sikhs to vitiate peaceful atmosphere of Punjab.
Informal Sarbat Khalsa-appointed parallel acting jathedar Dhian Singh Mand said the newly-formed Narendra Modi government as well as the Punjab government should pass resolutions in Parliament and assembly seeking apology from the Sikh community. “Leaders of central government have taken up the issue of Sikh genocide during the Lok Sabha poll campaign and if they are sincere, the first thing they should do is to seek unconditional apology from the Sikh quom,” he said and demanded immediate arrest of persons behind incidents of sacrilege incidents in Punjab.
A message of parallel jathedar Jagtar Singh Hawara, at present in jail, was also distributed to the media in which he exhorted Sikhs to continue their ‘struggle’.