Fatehgarh Sahib: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee will restore the scriptures of Sikh Reference Library which was burnt and ransacked by army during June 1984 armed incursion into the sanctum sanctorum, Sri Harmandir Sahib. Informing this SGPC president Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar said efforts are being made to restore the scriptures during meeting of Sikh Research Board held at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib. Taking strong notice of distortion being made to Sikh history during recent times, Prof. Badungar said that the SGPC was committed to motivate research work on Sikh history and to modernize the ‘Sikh Reference Library’.
It may be mentioned here that the SGPC had made several efforts in the past to get back the removed Sikh scriptures from the government but none of their efforts bore fruit. Eyewitnesses had exposed the looting of Holy Sikh Scriptures by the Indian army during the attack.
SGPC president said an appeal would be made to worldwide Sikh masses to share any type of traditional rare Sikh scriptures and other artefacts they own. He said old books and clippings of newspapers will be digitalized to preserve old record.
The meeting of Sikh history Research board was attended by scholars Dr Balwant Singh Dhillon, Dr Paramvir Singh, Prof. Prabhjot Kaur and Harwinder Singh Khalsa and SGPC general secretary Amarjit Singh Chawla, Chief secretary Harcharan Singh, Dr Roop Singh, Balwinder Singh Jodasingha, Dr Paramjit Singh Saroya and Simarjit Singh.
While presiding over Dharam Parchar Committee meeting, SGPC president said search scholars from world, would be provided all modern facilities in search work so that they could thoroughly study Sikh history. During Dharam Parchar committee meeting discussion was held to start Refresher Course for employees of SGPC and intensify working of various missions established in various parts of the country. The SGPC president said SGPC will extend full cooperation in 350the Parkash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh at Patna Sahib and duties have been assigned to SGPC employees.
He said to provide training to SGPC Parcharaks, katha wachaks, Ragis, Dhadis and Kvishris Jathas, six training schools will be opened at Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra Advance Sikh Studies Bahadurgarh (Patiala) and these centres will be start working in first week of January next year.
Talking to media persons Prof. Badungar said Sikhs are facing numerous issues at this juncture that should be resolved through a collective approach and we have started working in this direction. On the memorial for Hondh Chillar, he said that due arrangements were already being made for this and has also discussed the matter with concerned persons. It may be mentioned here that it was in February 2010 that the Ludhiana based Sikh Manvinder Singh Giyaspura raised the issue of genocidal massacre of Sikhs at Hondh Chillar in November 1984 after which the then SGPC chief and Jathedar Akal Takhat Sahib had laid the foundation for the memorial. But even after 6 years the project is still hanging in lurch.
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