| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 11 April 2016 | Asia Samachar |
A Sikh council claiming representatives from 20 countries, including Malaysia, has called on Sikh organisations to unite under the banner of ‘One Granth One Panth’, promote the teachings of the Guru Granth Sahib, take guidance from the 1945 Rehat Maryada and accept the 1999-version of the Nanakshahi calendar.
These were among the six resolutions by the the so-called Global Sikh Council (GSC) which held its annual general meeting in Paris, France, from March 18 to 20th.
It was attended by representatives from 20 countries, it said in a statement dated 6 April.
American Sikh Council (ASC) chairperson Gulbarg Singh is listed as the GSC president. Other key office bearers are Lady Kanwaljit Kaur Singh (UK) as its vice president, Davinder Singh Eari (Kenya) as secretary and Dalbir Singh (Italy) as the treasurer.
The representative form Malaysia was Harcharan Singh, a former jathedar of Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM) and also president of the Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC). He was also a former president of the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST).
The GSC statement said Sikh organisations from five additional countries joined the council to adopt six new projects for the coming year, including developing a training program to ensure Sikh pracharaks are bi-lingual and proficient in the language of the country in which they preach, in addition to their understanding of Gurbani.
The other projects include developing Gurmukhi learning text books in line with local and national environments and facilitating inclusion of Gurmukhi language and Sikh Philosophy courses in high school and university curricula all around the world.
It also has extended its office to facilitate the setting up of a Sikh University in Kenya.
In the same statement, it said GSC has adopted the six resolutions:
1. Putting all differences aside, individuals and organizations (political or otherwise) are requested to unite under one banner of One Granth One Panth.
2. GSC supports all individuals and organizations who promote the teachings of the Guru Granth Sahib and the guidance of the 1945 Rehat Maryada and no other Granth or Scripture.
3. GSC condemns the sacrilegious actions of those responsible for the desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and supports and applauds all those working to bring the perpetrators to justice on the issue.
4. All individuals and organizations working with a non-Sikh supporting Organization and its affiliates, against the interest of the Sikhs, should be publicly exposed and boycotted.
5. GSC voices its concern over some of the recent politically inspired edicts from the Akal Takhat. The GSC believes that the politically appointed office bearers have no right to issue such edicts.
6. GSC strongly recommends to the Sikh Community worldwide, the acceptance and use of the Nanakshahi calendar (1999 version) as originally accepted by the SGPC as well.
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