SGPC book has hurt Sikh sentiments: Sarna

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Chandigarh, Nov 3 (UNI) Taking strong exception to the contents of the book titled 'Sikh Itihas' published in Hindi by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) today claimed that it had hurt the sensibilities of the Sikh community.

The book is full of glaring discrepancies, distortion of facts and blasphemous references to the Sikh Gurus, DSGMC president Paramjit Singh Sarna said at a media conference here.

''It is very unfortunate that some mischievious elements have creeped into the fold of SGPC to tarnish the image of the Sikh religion, its Gurus and institutions'', he alleged.

Mr Sarna further said that it was ironical that a representative body of the Sikhs like the SGPC should project a distorted image of the Sikh identity and present misleading accounts of the long established facts and traditions of Sikhism. This has raised a big question mark on the bonafides of SGPC and it's functioning, he added.

Mr Sarna demanded that the SGPC convene a special meeting to examine the matter with all its ramifications so that necessary amendments and rectifications could be made at the earliest and such pitfalls could be avoided in the future.

''It is imperative to hold accountability and those held responsible should be penalised'', he added.

UNI

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