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SI LETTER TO JATHEDAR GURCHARAN SINGH
Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra
President, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandak Committee,
Sri Amritsar, India
Dear Sardar Gurcharan SinghTohra ji,
Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh
As you are already aware Jathedar of Akal Takhat Joginder Singh
Vedanti issued an order excommunicating Sardar Gurbaksh Singh Kala Afghana, the
writer of ten very informative and original books on Sikh theology. We have gone
through the proceedings of the action taken by the ‘Panj Singhs.’ On careful
examination, we find that the action is basically inspired by vindictiveness.
Step by step analysis of the proceedings also shows that the other motivating
force comprises the dictates of powers wedded to obscurantism, Baba culture,
vegetarianism and the worship of the so-called dasamgranth. You will
notice that all these powers are opposed to the mainstream Sikhi.
Under the influence of these sampardayas, Vedanti ji
planned to destroy Kala Afghana. Vedanti ji refused to supply a copy of the
complaint, did not hear the representatives of Kala Afghana, did not consider
the unimpeachable evidence presented to him and has nowhere indicated as to what
is found to be wrong with his writings.
After accepting Kala Afghana’s inability to appear before them
due to health and legal problems, the Five Singhs ordered him to appear for
videoconference at Sri Dashmesh Darbar Gurdwara in Vancouver (Surrey). This was
cancelled one hour before the conference was scheduled to begin. Recently when
the Five Singhs were present at Chicago, the sangat of Chicago proposed
that they hear Kala Afghana during that visit. This offer was spurned with
contempt. His books were banned long before the order of excommunication was
issued on July 10, 2003. All social intercourse with him was also forbidden at
Chicago much before that. All this has been done without giving a hearing and
without giving any justification for the drastic action.
It is obvious that this action has been taken at the behest of
the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and its associates the Akhand Kirtani Jatha, the
post 1984 Damdami Taksal and the dera-owners. The aim of all these organizations
is to impose their own Rahit Maryada on the entire Sikh panth. The RSS has never
failed to indicate that its aim is to destroy Sikhi as propounded in the Guru
Granth ji and to have it replaced by the tenets of ‘dasamgranth’.
Like the langar hukamnamah and the
excommunication of seven Canadian Sikhs, this ostracizing of Kala Afghana
by the Jathedar has divided the Sikhs in the Punjab and in the diaspora in to
two warring groups.
The excommunication of a Sikh is not authorized by
Gurbani, Sikh Rahit Maryada, Sikh tradition or by the Shiromani
Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee Act. It has no valid precedent. The
clergy in Sikhism are just scripture readers and caretakers of the shrines. The
clergy class has no justification for its existence in the Sikh religion or
Thanks to the new information revolution, the Sikh masses are
very well aware of the true message of Gurbani and the position of the clergy in
Sikhism. They now refuse to accept the dictates of the irresponsible clergy
trained at schismatic deras, taksals and sampardaya whose basic
tenets require them to militate against the true spirit of Sikhi
Their preaching is based on anti-gurmat writings grounded in spurious texts
such as Gurbilas Patshahi 6. (See attached summary of
anti-gurmat contents of this book in Punjabi).
Since as President of the SGPC you are the appointing authority
for the Jathdar of the Akal Takhat, it is important to bring to your notice that
the SGPC has taken a completely biased stand on this issue. The SGPC had in
recent past withdrawn the Gurbilas Patshahi 6 edited and promoted by
Joginder Singh Vedanti due to adverse publicity generated by Kala Afgana’s
critique of this book. The offending author Joginder Singh Vedanti is however
left unpunished for his deliberate attempt to grossly misguide the Sikhs and an
unbiased pro-gurmat writer like Kala Afgana whose forte is pure
gurmat is humiliated by ex communication.
Our contention is that all the books written by Kala Afghana
are in accordance with the dictates of the Bani of Guru Granth Sahib.
In the light of the above, we request you to take steps to
suspend the unauthorized and whimsical orders of the clergy in excommunicating
Gurbaksh Singh Kala Afghana and to take urgent steps to rescind the entire
action, at your earliest convenience.
Thanking you, With regards, Yours sincerely,
Hardev Singh Shergill, Secretary-General, SSI,
On behalf of the delegates at the 3rd Annual
Conference of The Singh Sabha International, held at Sikh Center Roseville,
California, USA on August 1 & 2, 2003.