Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar on Monday wrote to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav demanding action against a Bihar-based tobacco products manufacturer after the apex Sikh body received a large number of complaints that a pouch of the company named Giani Paan Samagri carried the photo of Guru Nanak Dev.
Makkar said there was acute resentment and anguish in the entire Sikh community over the act of the Rajapur Chitrakoot-based tobacco company which printed the photo of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji,the first Sikh Guru who had founded the Sikh religion,on a pouch containing tobacco and named Giani Paan Samagri.
With the publication of this shameful act by the tobacco-making Kumar Enterprises of Chitrakoot,the SGPC has been flooded with representations and telephone calls conveying anger and demanding the forthwith ban on the company and the sale of the product in addition to bringing the culprits to book,a speedy trial and severe and exemplary punishment to those involved in hurting the sentiment sof the Sikh community, Makkar said.
The Sikh religion,founded by Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji,does not have any room for tobacco in any shape or form. Even if a born Sikh,if he/she uses tobacco,ceases to be a part of the Sikh family and Sikh community. SGPC is the publisher of the Sikh Rehat Maryada and we are sending herewith a few copies of its English and Hindi versions for your perusal and circulation to all the district heads with severe instructions to not only bring the culprits to book but to not allow any such mischief monger to prick the conscience of the Sikhs,which might lead to a problem of law and order in the state, Makkar further wrote.
This heart rending incident,if allowed to go unchecked,will be raised in the Parliament of India. I hope this succeeds in attracting your kind attention for prompt fruitful action, Makkar said.
Akal Takhts 406th anniversary observed at amritsar
Amritsar: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on Monday observed the 406th anniversary of the creation of Akal Takht. Addressing a gathering on this occasion,Akal Takht chief Giani Gurbachan Singh said the Takht of Delhi had always been at loggerheads with Akal Takht and numerous attempts were made to end its existence. But,all such efforts were repelled by the Sikhs, Singh said.