Sri Amritsar, Punjab: In an event organised by ‘Sikh Jago Lehar’ at Guru Nanak Bhavan Sri Amritsar, Sikh scholars, theologians, and representatives of various Panthic organisations gathered to mark the release of epic book on the history of Sri Dasam Granth by Dr. Harbhajan Singh, Punjabi University Patiala. The first copy of the book was presented to the Head Granthi of Takhat Sri Hazoor Sahib, Giani Pratap Singh.
The formation of a committee called ‘Sri Dasam Granth Prabodh Sabha’ was also announced at the occasion. The sabha which constitutes of Jathedars of Takhats, Granthis of Sri Darbar Sahib, Sikh scholars, historians, and representatives of various panthic organisations including Nihung Jathebandis, Sant Samaj and Damdami Taksal will work towards countering the wrong prachaar against Sri Dasam Granth which is being carried out by some quarters. An open challenge has been given to those who are engaged in negative propaganda against Sri Dasam Granth to face the committee within a month, given that they have the intellect to understand the intricacies of poetry including formation of Chhand.
Among those who spoke at the occasion included Giani Pratap Singh, head granthi of Takhat Sri Hazoor Sahib, Dr. Jodh Singh and Dr. Harpal Singh Pannu from Punjabi University Patiala, S. Jagdish Singh from Naad Pragas Sanstha, S. Anurag Singh from Ludhiana, Giani Sher Singh Ambala, Sant Hari Singh Randhawewale, Dr. Harbhajan Singh Dehradun, S. Kashmir Singh, head of Sikh Jago Lehar, Dr. Inderjeet Singh Gogoaani, Bibi Shobha Kaur, Delhi, Baba Maan Singh Marianwale, Giani Gurmeet Singh, Bhai Tardeep Singh, Prof Avtar Singh, S. Amarjit Singh Delhi, Sant Ram Singh Kherewalem Baba Sarabjot Singh Bedi, and Baba Avtar Singh Sursinghwale.
The speakers equivocally stated that Sri Dasam Granth contains the compositions of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Sahib, and some people are creating unnecessary controversies on it. Hence in order to counter the negative propaganda ‘Sri Dasam Granth Parbodh Sabha’ is constituted. Those who have been appointed to the committee include Baba Sewa Singh Rampurkherewale, Sant Giandev Singh, S. Amarjit Singh Khosa, Giani Mall Singh and Giani Jaswant Singh, (both Granthis Sri Darbar Sahib, Sri Amritsar), Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar Takhat Sri Patna Sahib, Giani Kulwant Singh, Jathedar Takhat Sri Hazoor Sahib, Baba Harnam Singh Khalsa, Chief Damdami Taksal, Baba Joginder Singh, Jathedar Buddha Dal, Baba Nihal Singh Harianwelan Wale, Baba Daya Singh Sursinghwale, Baba Sarabjot Singh Bedi, Sant Jodh Singh, Sant Baljinder Singh, Mahant Chamkaur Singh and Baba Maan Singh Marianwale.
Additionally another committee of Sikh Scholars has been made which will work towards doing positive prachar among sangat.
Last year Sri Akal Takhat too had declared Sri Dasam Granth as an inseparable part of Sikh panth and had branded its controversy unnecessary. In 2006 the Panj Singh Sahibaans had passed a Matta at Sri Akal Takhat calling those speaking against Sri Dasam Granth as ‘Shararti Ansar’ (mischievous miscreants).