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SGPC withdraws its booklets having ‘inaccurate’ content

SGPC withdraws its booklets having ‘inaccurate’ content

GS Paul

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 4

The SGPC is caught in an embarrassing situation as it had to withdraw its own publication for carrying inaccurate content. The booklet, dedicated to the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, was to be distributed free.

On October 25, SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal had released a set of two multi-lingual tracts based on Guru Nanak Dev’s udasis (travels) associated with countries like Turkey, Iran, Europe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, central Asia, Saudi Arab and Bhutan.

To make it reach globally, it was decided to rope in embassies of various countries based in New Delhi.

But, before the move could be implemented, Dharam Parchar Committee member Ajaib Singh Abhyasi and Damdami Taksal spokesperson Sarchand Singh found some distorted content in the booklet.

SGPC chief secretary Dr Roop Singh said the copies had been withdrawn and the amended version would be released again.

Sources said many copies had been already distributed during a nagar kirtan.

Though the officials were tight-lipped about the number of copies that were scrapped, sources said between 25,000-30,000 copies had already been published, incurring a loss of Rs 5-6 lakh.

The two tracts titled as “Satguru Nanak Pragtaya” and “Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee Da Sultanpur Lodhi” under the name of then Dharam Parchar Committee secretary Balwinder Singh Jodhasingha had overlooked the concept and significance of the ‘mool mantar’. The ‘mool mantar’ is said to be the first composition uttered by Guru Nanak upon enlightenment at Gurdwara Sri Sant Ghat Sahib, located on the bank of the Bein in Sultanpur Lodhi.

Being the basis of Sikhism, it encapsulates the entire theology of the Sikhism. When a person begins to learn Gurbani, this is the first verse that he or she learns.

Sarchand said omitting the ‘mool mantar’, the tracts erroneously mentioned that Guru Nanak had narrated the message of “Na ko Hindu na Musalmaan”, which was wrong.

He claimed the fact that Guru Nanak had dived into the Bein and disappeared. After coming out from the Bein three days later, Guru Nanak gave the world ‘mool mantar’ . The bank was named as Sant Ghat.

Ironically, Gurdwara Sri Sant Ghat is being run under the control of the SGPC and a “Mool Mantar Asthan” is being set up here.

“The mool mantar context did not find place in SGPC-sponsored literature. We had lodged a complaint with Akal Takht too, following which a committee was formed by the SGPC to review the content,” he said.

Abhyasi said he had pointed out the error in a Dharam Parchar committee meeting. “Acting upon it, the literature had been withdrawn and the committee will revise the text”, he said. On the other hand, Jodhasingha said the booklets contained the text as per the references he could gather from the available sources.

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