Radical Sikh bodies give Nayar a week to take ‘corrective steps’

Representatives of radical Sikh organisations led by the Dal Khalsa and the Khalsa Action Committee on Friday passed a resolution against allowing the entry of veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar into Punjab,in case he failed to take ‘corrective measures’,within a week,regarding his remarks on Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale,Bhai Amrik Singh and the Dal Khalsa.

Written by Express News Service | Amritsar | Published:July 21, 2012 2:29 am

Representatives of radical Sikh organisations led by the Dal Khalsa and the Khalsa Action Committee on Friday passed a resolution against allowing the entry of veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar into Punjab,in case he failed to take ‘corrective measures’,within a week,regarding his remarks on Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale,Bhai Amrik Singh and the Dal Khalsa.

The resolution states that Nayar should either get the edition of his autobiography ‘Beyond the Lines’ recalled from the market or insert a page admitting his mistake and issue an apology. The representatives of the Sikh organisations have decided that if Nayar failed to do so,they would even object to his candle lighting ceremony that he has been holding at the Attari border for years on the eve of Independence day,to seek peace and brotherhood between India and Pakistan.

They also said that Nayar should tender an apology to Akal Takht. They added that if Nayar failed to take the corrective measures they would approach Akal Takht to initiate action against him for insulting “Sikh martyrs”.

Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said the Sikh bodies would write to the publisher of the book seeking withdrawal of all derogatory pages. Khalsa Action Committee spokesperson Bhai Mohkam Singh termed the remarks by Nayar as being “mischievous”.

Nayar has been under fire of Sikh hardliners for chapters in his autobiography,in which,he claimed Bhindrawale was a “creation of the Congress”, Bhai Amrik Singh was an “IB agent” and that “Giani Zail Singh had blessed the foundation of the Dal Khalsa to needle the Akalis”.

Friday’s meeting was also attended by representatives of some Muslim,Christian,Dalit and Hindu organisations,who also condemned Nayar for his remarks on the issues in question.

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