DSGMC leaders under attack for honouring pro-RSS yoga master

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New Delhi, Feb 1 (UNI) The leadership of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has come under fire for organising an exhibition that allegedly portrayed the Sikh history and ethos in RSS perspective.

The exhibition, organised at Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, was inaugurated by yoga guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, seen in the Sikh circles as part of the Sangh Privar think-tank. He was also honoured by DSGMC leadership, once a fierce critic of the RSS and that of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

SAD's Delhi unit Chief Avtar Singh Hit flayed DSGMC chief Paramjit Singh Sarna for organising the event which he alleged had showed the Committee head as trying to shift loyalty towards the Sangh Privar ." The Sarna brothers have never been loyal to any particular organisation and now seem to be switching sides when Congress is on the losing wicket", Mr Hit said.

Even some of Mr Sarna's close associates are upset over the exhibtion which, they believe, attempts to project the Sikh faith as part of the Hindu Samaj.

"The title of exhibition itself is quite disturbing as it refers to the Sikhs as 'Defenders of the Indian Dharma', which what the RSS claims them to be", said a senior DSGMC Executive member.

Another Committee leader pointed out that the show was replete with anti-Islamic and anti-Christian insinuations. " How can you call Moghul governor Mir Mannu as as 'cruelest governor in the history of Islam'. This is distorted of history to suit the agenda of RSS. Mir Manu, an appointee of the then Delhi Durbar, was, no doubt, the cruellest but was not the crusader of Islam." The Sikh scholars also objected to projection of capturing of Multan Fort by Maharaja Ranjit Singh as a seizure of an Islamic Centre.

The exhibition displayed a board reading that eight lakh people in Punjab have been converted to Christianty during past one decade.

It, however, made no mention of killings of thousands of Sikhs in 1984 and gross human rights violations during the Punjab militancy by the appointees of the Delhi rulers. The exhibition is a sophisticated attempt to negate pluralism of the cpountry and to pit the Sikh minority community against other minorites, a Sikh theologian said.

"Besides, yoga is prohibited in Sikhism. It's blashphemy, if a Sikh religious leader showers religious honour on somebody promoting yoga. Also, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is addressed by his followers as 'guruji'. It's a matter of serious concern that Delhi's Sikh leadership is now extending honours to such people," said a Delhi Sikh leader.

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