16 more gurdwaras in Canada, 96 in US ban entry of Indian officials

American Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee claims nod from 96 gurdwaras in US, says number could rise.

Written by KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR | Amritsar | Published: January 9, 2018 10:30 am
gurdwaras in Canada’s Ontario, US gurdwaras, entry of indian officials banned in gurdwaras, RSS, Shiv sena, Indira gandgi killing, indian express, gurdawara management committees An announcement in this regard was made on Sunday at New York’s Gurdwara Sikh Cultural Society. (File)

Days after 14 gurdwaras in Canada’s Ontario province banned the entry of Indian government representatives, more gurdwara management committees in Canada and the US followed suit and barred Indian officials, RSS and Shiv Sena members from entering gurudwaras under their control.

An announcement in this regard was made on Sunday at New York’s Gurudwara Sikh Cultural Society right after a religious congregation organised to observe death anniversary of Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh, who were given death penalty killing former PM Indira Gandhi.

Sikh Coordinator East Cost and American Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee representative, Himmat Singh, said, “Total 116 gurdwara management committees had participated in teleconference on Saturday night and 96 of these gurdwaras had confirmed agreement to proposal to bar entry of Indian officials in gurdwaras, along with representatives of RSS and Shiv Sena.”

He claimed that some gurdwaras couldn’t confirm due to technical glitches in teleconferencing. “We have been getting emails of many gurdwaras and numbers will increase further,” claimed Himmat Singh. Surjit Singh, US president of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), headed by Simranjit Singh Mann, also supported the resolution to ban entry of Indian officials.

Himmat Singh added,”Following Ontario gurdwara committees, we have been making it official that Indian officials will not be allowed for any intervention in management of gurdwaras in US. There will be no ban if someone visit Gurdwaras in personal capacity as devotee.” Similarly, 16 gurdwaras in British Columbia and Alberta provinces of Canada passed a similar resolution on January 4.

Statement released by these gurdwaras read, “This initiative was moved forward in western Canada by Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar (Surrey, BC) and Gurdwara Dasmesh Culture Centre (Calgary, AB) and a total of 16 Gurdwaras in BC & Alberta agree and support that sewadars of Gurdwara Sahibs reserve the right to bar access to the stage and entry to officials of the Indian government. This would include, but not be limited to, Indian elected officials, Indian Consular officials, and members of organizations like RSS and Shiv Sena.” It said, “To be clear, no individual is being banned from Gurdwara Sahibs, but Indian representatives in official capacity will not be permitted to address the sangat.”

The statement added: “Although this policy of restriction exists informally, it is due time for a formal declaration. This step is being taken not to restrict access to the Guru, but rather to ensure that the Gurdwara Sahib remains independent from the interference of corrupt officials who represent a government that for the last four decades has committed genocide against the Sikh community and has never had positive intentions in dealing with Sikhs as a separate nation of people.”

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  1. Sharad Sharma
    Jan 10, 2018 at 2:01 pm
    I think all Hindus should abide by this and pledge not to visit any gurudwaras in their life time They consider their religion so out of politics n the perfect religion well they just are the opposite of that all It’s taliban in the making and not very long they will also be like Islamic terrorists blowing up bombs everywhere That’s the path they have chosen Be ware Indians boycott gurudwaras n sikhs as a whole .
    1. Rocky Wadaich
      Jan 10, 2018 at 12:05 pm
      They should also ban all Pakistani people and officials because they were responsible for the Sikhs being killed and kicked out from the Punjab in 1947. The whole Punjab with its 5 rivers which now lies in Pakistan and the lands and property which were looted by hounding by punjabi-muslims, instead I hope they do not welcome and jee-aya-nu pakistan bhiras from ISI and punjabi-military. and bashing gandhi and nehru who welcomed these refugees with open arms into India when they were running away from Punjab in Pakistan. Also, British officials should be banned because of their responsibility for Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. height of lethargy and hypocrisy.... few people with nothing to do create an aura of hate against the whole community.
      1. Ml Pandit
        Jan 10, 2018 at 10:49 am
        How about those who supported and sponsored the killers of PM Indira Gandhi? When security personnel of VVIPs themselves kill the person they are charged to protect..... should the community
        1. Zorawar Singh Jatt
          Jan 10, 2018 at 1:47 am
          Hindoos are subhuman creatures, they bathe in the polluted ganges river, they worship rats , cows, snakes and drink cow pee . Hindoos are weak creatures who been ruled by outside forces for a 1000 yrs . Sikhs are right not to want to be labeled with them .. Hindoos are also very ugly . Indra i was a wicked B itch and now she's in He L L . Enjoy
          1. Zorawar Singh Jatt
            Jan 10, 2018 at 1:44 am
            Cow Pee drinkers deserve to get banned . Indra i is burning in H ell right now, lol. And I'm enjoying some cow god burger right now . XD HAHA
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