Seremban Sikhs stood their ground to allow Inder Singh Ghagaa to speak

“Let those inside [the Darbar Sahib] listen, don’t insult their intelligence. We love our Guru just as much as you guys,” one Gurdwara Sahib Seremban volunteer told some members from outstation group.

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| Seremban, Malaysia | 3 March 2017 | Asia Samachar |
SEREMBAN SESSION: Prof Inder SIngh Ghagaa speaking at Gurdwara Sahib Seremban, Malaysia, on 3 March 2017, with a group of protestors chanting ‘Satnam Waheguru’ outside. INSERT: Prof Inder receiving a sirapao from the gurdwara.

Seremban Sikhs denied entry to a group from out of town to avoid any potential disruption to the planned talk by Prof Inder Singh Ghagaa, an author and Sikh parcharak deemed controversial by some quarters.

The action was prompted by an incident at an Ipoh gurdwara on Wednesday when the same group disrupted the speaker’s talk session by loud chants of ‘Satnam Waheguru’.

“Let those inside [the Darbar Sahib] listen, don’t insult their intelligence. We love our Guru just as much as you guys,” one Gurdwara Sahib Seremban volunteer told some members from outstation group. The conversation was shared with Asia Samachar by one of the Seremban youth present on the ground.

“He gave a beautiful talk….Most of the Sanggat members were happy with the session,” another Seremban-based Sikh told Asia Samachar.

SEE ALSO: Group disrupts Inder Singh Ghagaa programe in Ipoh

Prof Ghagaa, an author of more than 20 Sikh-related books, was formerly a personal assistant to Akal Takht Jathedaar Manjit Singh for eight years and has been doing Gurmat parchaar for over 40 years. His views on the Sikh faith, which flies in the face of the interpretation of some Sikh groups, have caused the ire of these groups and invited criticism.

OnWednesday (1 March), he was attacked when walking out of the darbar sahib at Gurdwara Sahib Greentown (Ashby Road), causing his turban to be removed. A gurdwara official was also attacked at the same time.

This time around, however, there were no untoward incident in Seremban, the state capital of Negeri Sembilan, which is about an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur.

The outstation group, led by Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Academy head Paramjit Singh, initially tried to force their way into the gurdwara, arguing that they have a right to ‘darshan’ the Guru and join the Sanggat.

However, the local Seremban Sikh volunteers denied them entry, forcing them to remain outside the gurdwara side entrance.

“They challenged us, telling us that we have no right to stop them. We stood our ground. They tried telling us that the parcharak was divisive. We told them to let us decide on that ourselves,” said a Seremban gurdwara official.

The gurdwara management committee had also put up a notice that the programme was for Sikhs from Seremban and its surrounding areas, and is by invitation only.

At around 7.40pm, the outstation group began saying ‘Satnam Waheguru’ loudly at the side entrance along Lorong Khalsa.

In a statement released yesterday,  Malaysian Gurdwara Council (MGC) suggested that continuing chanting when a katha (Sikh-based lecture or a talk) is about to begin is a transgression of the Sikh Reht Maryada (SRM).

Many policemen, both in uniform and plain cloth, were seen around the gurdwara.

UPDATE: Letter from Seremban gurdwara, see here.

 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Shame on liars,who stole and printed fake letter heads and themsekves are heretics of the lowest life….The man of goonda gardi academy is trying to be the GURU PARTMAJIT SINH

    THESE ARE HERETICS WHO SHAMELESSLY CLAIM GURU GOBIND SINGH WROTE sex manuals for their God inder and parmatjit …Such liars after goonda gaedi…Even theie ex granthi …Lies.

  2. Seremban sangat ought to b congratulated for standing up to hooligans ,who travelled from outstation to intimidate not only the sangst but Freedom of Gurbani,.

    Theirs was an action of goonda gardi,not Gurduara Sahib Seremban..
    Gurduara Sahib acted rightfully by barring these lying goondss.

    How,they lie?

    In their goonda gardi ,their habitual lying leader,claimed they had travelled to Ipoh individually.-“concidently” they all travelled together to Seremban?No.

    Of course not.They have been caught in their own lies.

    They appear to be speciallist in their own lies..The sri goonda academy leader,a cultist ego filled individual aspiring to be the Guru,id no doubt being paid to disruot the guru psrchar and unity of sikhs in Makaysia .

    in his aspiration to be Guru ,he is prepsred to lie, exhort,intimidate,,bully,priduce mass lies through fake hukamnamas,U tubes,distort Sikh history joined by fake directors of sikh history board- criminals with unspent criminal recird in this country and those from their dysfunctional and questionable past-.

    His only desire is to be A guru!There is no other readon,ehy he creating violence.He wants to Guru Parmatma Singh.He is by proxy destablising Guru Grsnth Sahib,and take place of 12th guru.

    Beware,if you have sense to think out his ambition and aspiration.

    He is using misled youngsters,to achieve his personsl aim..

    WTch out,for guru parmatma sinh fron ipoh .

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