Akal Takht takes note of Harbhajan's portrayal of Ravana

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Amritsar, Oct 8 (UNI) The Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikhism took a serious view of portrayal of Ravana by Team India's spinner Harbhajan Singh in a TV-show and asked him to tender a 'simple' apology to the Sikh masses for this act which is against the traditions of Sikhism.

"I appeal to Harbhajan Singh not to indulge in acts that hurt the sentiments of other religions" Takht Jathedar, Giani Gurbachan Singh said here today.

The Jathedar however made it clear that he was not summoning the off spinner, as no formal complaint had been received by him in this context. "I only came to know from the media", he added.

Harbhajan along with TV-actress Mona Singh, of 'Jassi, Jassi kohi nahi' fame appeared as Ravana and Sita respectively in the show 'Ek Khilari, Ek Hasina' telecast by Colors channel recently.

The Jathedar said that "Sikhs have a very large heart and are not narrow minded and it was not appropriate for a Sikh to appear in such shows that may hurt sentiments". The cricketer should tender a simple apology for this act which may have been committed "knowingly or unknowingly", he added while rejecting the idea of summoning the offie to the Akal Takht.

The Jathedar however made it clear that the matter could have been serious had the off spinner been a baptised Sikh. The portrayal of gods and goddess and application of 'tilak' on the forehead is banned for baptised Sikhs in Sikhism and is considered as a major religious offence.

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandik Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar too criticised Harbhajan's portrayal of Ravana and said that this was against the traditions and principles of Sikhism. Like the Jathedar, he too advocated that the cricketer tender a simple apology to the Sikh masses.

Harbajan had invited the ire of the Sikh clergy last year when he appeared in an advertisment along with other cricketers with his long hair hanging over his shoulders.


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