New York, USA: Prof. Darshan Singh Ragi has recently surrounded himself in controversy after narrating a fictitious story which he falsely claimed appeared in Dasam Granth. While doing kirtan on 23rd August at Rochester, New York, Ragi said, “Guru Gobind Singh went to the den of a prostitute in the middle of the night. He removed his robe and sat on the bed of that prostitute who offered herself to him. Guru Gobind Singh got into dilemma that if he does not oblige her then she will create alarm and defame him but if he does develop conjugal relationship with her then the one who will be born out of that relationship will be a bharua (pimp)”.
These outrageous comments by the Ragi created ruckus amongst the community but controversial Ragi refused to relent. When this story was aired on New York based JUS Punjabi TV channel, Ragi sticking to it said he will clarify it after a period of six months. As the pressure mounted on him he decided to come on air. He was interviewed by JUS Punjabi TV for more than an hour where he was asked to give reference to his story, but he failed to show where in Dasam Granth these derogatory and damaging remarks about Guru Gobind Singh are written. Ragi was hopping from one page to another trying to dodge his blasphemous remarks. It became obvious that the highly objectionable remarks reeled out by the Ragi were mere concoction of his own mind.
Earlier the Ragi had blamed on the translation of Dasam Granth by Dr. Jodh Singh, Prof of Sikhism, Punjabi University Patiala, saying that he had quoted that translation in his kirtan. However Prof Jodh Singh issued a statement rebutting Ragi’s claims and criticizing him of hiding a lie with another lie. He also criticized the Ragi of his sudden U-turn on the banis of the Tenth Guru.
Even earlier Akal Takht had issued edicts against Ragi Darshan Singh asking the Sikhs to beware of him as he is spreading canards against the Gurbani, Nitnem and trying to scuttle the tri- centennial celebrations of the Gurta-gaddi of Guru Granth Sahib.
Dasam Granth or the Bani of Guru Gobind Singh Ji was never the issue, but Prof Darshan Singh and those trying to wriggle him out of the rot were trying to bring in other absolutely irrelevant issues.
The moot issue was that controversial Ragi Darshan Singh had slapped an absolutely fictitious story, which he claimed was from Dasam Granth, where he denigrated the life and personality of Guru Gobind Singh Ji by using derogatory words which neither appeared in the original text nor in any translation. He was asked to clarify his contentions, and even after getting sufficient time, he failed to do so.