Dr. Karminder Singh
Karminder Singh, PhD. (Boston)
Karminder Singh Dhillon, PhD (Boston)
Sabha is in ICU. You are Invited to the Funeral.
Karminder Singh, PhD (Boston)
Yes. That is the state of affairs of Sikh Naujwan Sabha Malaysia – if a recent WhatsApp post – issued under the names or 13 distressed folks is to be believed.
Let’s refer to them as the Desperate Gang of 13 (DG-13) for ease of reference.
There are reports that the WhatsApp post contains names that should not be there. More important are the names that are not there, but should be there; they are the Funeral Directors. The puppeteers. The hidden hands. More of these masterminds later.
The post is titled ‘Taking Sabha out of troubled waters’. Taking Over Sabha by Creating Trouble may have sounded more apt. After all, if one dozen crocodiles claimed there were helping ‘Take a cow out of troubled waters’ one would be suspicious – even if lots of crocodile tears were shed in making the case for the poor cow’s slaughter.
WILL THE NAUJWAN PLEASE STAND UP. The oldest member of DG-13 is over 80 and the youngest touching 60. That’s not bad in itself. I am in the same age range and as members of this bracket we acquire the right to talk about ICUs and funerals. But that doesn’t give us the right to wish either on others. That’s the domain of the Creator.
The Punjabi language has an idiom ਚਲੇ ਹੋਏ ਕਾਰਤੂਸ। Spent bullets in English. At least 3 have served unmolested as Jathedar of the Sabha and others have served in the Exco repeatedly and over many terms. They had their days. And their days are over.
There is a so called Gyani amongst the DG-13 who is more accurately an Agyani. There are more ironies.
People who did nothing worth remembering during their own long tenures are now suddenly invigorated and energized to take Sabha “out of troubled waters.” People who carry fake titles are inspired by a need to declare that the current jathedar is “fake” and should thus be removed from office.
People who are into their sunset years are desirous of saving the sunrise of tomorrow. People who are the root cause of the problem are now pretending to be part of the solution. People who are acting as agents of the masterminds are faking independent thought and action. People who split the Sabha in just 6 months they took over the Exco by dragging it into the DG controversy are now screaming “unity” at the top of their lungs.
The list is long.
WHATS THE REAL STORY.
Actually it’s not complicated. Power grabs in Sikh institutions are naked but rarely complex.
Two years ago, Jathedar Dr Jasbir Singh fired Labo for his Agyani ways while acting as leader of the Khande de Pahul team of the Sabha. He was dishing out dubious instructions to the newly baptised and impressionable Sikh youth – instructions that were part of his agenda pertaining to Bachittar Natak Granth (DG). For all intents and purposes, Labo was the local advocate for DG.
Labo saw himself as the Malaysian version of the DG-parkash advocating and nonsense spewing Jathedar of Patna Sahib – Iqbal Singh. The shameless Iqbal who got thrown out recently after a video of his “amritdhari” son spewing cigarette smoke while intoxicated on drugs and liquor to the max got viralled.
So obnoxious is Iqbal Singh’s nonsense that the Global Sikh Council issued a statement some months ago titled “Iqbal Singh Panth Dokhi”- Iqbal Singh the Curse of the Panth.
This Iqbal Singh is also the hero of the one group in Malaysia that has had the gall to do a Parkash of the Bachittar Natak Granth (DG) in Titiwangsa gurdwara in December 2016. This gurdwara has been under their control after a power grab in 2015.
They have circulated videos of the Academy chieftain holding a microphone into which the now sacked Panth Dokhi is advocating the parkash of DG on par with our one and only Guru – Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
After being kicked out of Sabha, Labo ran to the Academy – and they devised the plot to overthrow Jathedar Jasbir at the 2018 Sabha AGM. If they succeeded, Labo would get his revenge with Jathedar Jasbir and the Academy would be able to use the Sabha for their DG agenda.
True to its form, the Academy started its anti Jathedar Jasbir campaign prior to the 2018 AGM. Acting on cue, their running dog – Harnak of the Koor Vichar website, started barking out “Kala Afghana follower” venom at Jathedar Jasbir.
It is no coincidence that the owner of Koor Vichar is a nephew of the leader of the DG-13. Not being a Malaysian resident, he not only spews venom with impunity, but has no real understanding of the truths of Sabha. He writes what is thrown at him as feed by his handlers.
With due respect to the Jathedar, one wonders if he even has an inkling about the stellar contributions of Kala Afgana towards authentic Gurmat – let alone be associated with the illuminated mind that Kala Afgana was. But that is beside the point.
At the last Sabha AGM, Academy supporters, many who had become members of the Sabha just prior to the AGM showed up to do the bidding of their master’s command. They had come to throw out Jathdear Jasbir and install Academy chamchas.
Jathedar Jasbir outsmarted them by agreeing to include 10 of the DG-13 into his Exco if they allowed him to remain Jathedar. These DG-10 and their masterminds thought they had won. It would be 10 to 1 on every decision, so what was not smart about that deal?
They could claim they did things the “sabha way” meaning allowing Jathedar Jasbir to continue; and yet grab control of Sabha through this back door method.
Not only were the DG-10 not smart, they were outsmarted by Jathedar Jasbir. They forgot that if he could appoint them, he could also fire them.
THE ACADEMY TAKES CONTROL OF SABHA THROUGH THE DG-10
The first order of the “new Sabha under Academy control” was to issue a letter stating the Sabha’s support for the Bachittar Natak Granth. It had to go under the name of Dr Jasbir as Jathedar to hide the hand of the mastermind.
It was circulated to all gurdwaras and other Sikh institutions with complete disregard of the fact that Sabha had no business wading into the highly controversial Bachitar Natak (DG) matter.
Jathedar Jasbir signed the letter, probably because it served a number of objectives in favour of himself.
First, it exposed the explicit agenda of the DG-10 Academy plants who had forced themselves into the Sabha Exco through the back door. Their agenda was actually pivoted on dragging the Sabha into the Dasam Granth controversy.
Second, since the letter was authored by the Agyani Labo, it contained as many dubious facts and defective arguments as there are flies in a dumpster.
By circulating that letter, the Jathedar contributed towards exposing the nonsense that Agyani Labo truly was.
Everyone knew Jathedar Jasbir would never have signed such crap on his own accord, let alone compose it. But in doing so, the Jathedar was able to tell Sabha members that he was under siege by people with a DG focussed Agenda. And that he had signed it under duress of keeping the Exco functioning.
For more info about this letter, see article titled: False Arguments, Fake Translations and Dubious Agendas – The SNSM Letter Saga at http://www.sikhivicharforum.org/2018/08/08/false-arguments-fake-translations-and-dubious-agendas-the-snsm-letter-saga/
The DG-10 and their masterminds then moved on to their next agenda. This was to get Jathedar Jasbir to sign another letter condemning the sanctions imposed by a collection of Malaysian Sikh organizations led by the Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC) on the Academy due to the Academy’s blatant disregard of the SRM in doing a parkash of the DG in Titiwangsa Gurdwara in December 2016.
The sanction stated that the Academy should not be allowed stage time in Gurdwaras and events of Sabha.
The Sabha was party to the MGC sanction. To get the sanction lifted, the Academy was required to give a written undertaking to never attempt such blasphemous and sacrilegious act of challenging the supremacy of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji. Instead of doing the right thing, they decided to use Jathedar Jasbir to do their bidding.
Jathedar Jasbir however, refused to sign the second letter. And the DG-10 retaliated – and fell into the trap. As a show of their loyalty to their mastermind, DG-9 resigned enmasse and circulated their resignation letter – mainly to spread the wild allegation that the Sabha had collapsed.
The expectations of the DG 10 and their mastermind was for Jathedar Jasbir to come crawling to them.
Instead the Jathedar simply sacked the remaining DG-1, outsmarting DG-10 and their puppet masters with a single stroke – yet again.
Hence, the birth of DG-13. Unable to take over the Sabha through the back door, they are now attempting to crawl in through the manhole.
DG-13 is about a naked power grab of the Sabha. Nothing complicated or complex about it actually.
THE SABHA IN ICU
That’s the claim of the DG-13. Truth of the matter is that the Sabha is not in ICU.
The Sabha is the Sabha. It is the same Sabha that was led by some of the DG-13 when they were Jathedars and Exco members.
It is an organization that people expect to do meaningful stuff for our youth, that many think it is doing a lot for our youth, and most want to see it prosper. The rest is personal assessment – between the extremes of “its doing a great job” on the one hand to “its existence or otherwise makes no real difference” on the other.
In any case, when someone is in ICU, family and friends come together to pray and wish him or her out of ICU and offer support.
It’s a different story for the ICU patient’s enemies. They start preparing for the funeral. That is what the DG-13 WhatsApp is about.
YOU ARE INVITED FOR THE FUNERAL
The DG-13 call for an EGM to remover Jathedar Jasbir is an invitation towards its funeral. A bunch of ਚਲੇ ਹੋਏ ਕਾਰਤੂਸ। [ a.k.a spent bullets make a deceitful appeal to members of the Sabha for a EGM. There, the DG-13 will attempt a power grab resolution to remove Jathedar Jasbir. If successful, the Academy would have grabbed the Sabha as they did Titiwangsa gurdwara.
The first task of the taken over Sabha will be to issue a letter saying it does not recognize the sanction on the Academy. Its main task will be to issue letters written by Agyani Labo on issues that have nothing to do with Sabha or youth – but everything to do with the Academy Agenda relating to the Bachitar Natak Granth. The Sabha will be used as a tool to fight the MGC – the next target for a power grab.
All of this will amount to a funeral of the Sabha. The DG-13 has invited Malaysian Sikh youth to take part in it.
ANALYZING THE DG-13 WHATS APP
The DG-13 WhatsApp is a collection of half-truths, complete lies, innuendoes, silly stuff and insinuations mixed with a bucketful of crocodile tears. A brief critical examination is called for. Messages from the WhatsApp are in red.
Many opportunities were given to the Jathedar to fix things, starting with the last AGM, where he was permitted to stay in place if he leads the Sabha responsibly. This he has failed to do.
This is a clear admission that the DG-13 meddled in the last Sabha AGM. They “permitted the Jathedar to remain in place” as if the Sabha was their grand father’s property. It’s called match fixing elsewhere and its criminal. It shows a lack of ethics and an attempt to take Sabha members for a ride. Those who attended the AGM came for a fair and proper election – one to be conducted in accordance with the Gurmat that Sabha preaches. But what they got was horse trading and a shameful back-door deal.
For the first time in our 60 year history, we saw the Jathedar abusing his authority.
The Sabha has seen Jathedars take away office typewriters and files after they were removed. I know because I chased one down to get back the Punjabi typewriter. One Jathedar used the Sabha van for personal use for 3 months after his own car became unusable. Another bankrupted the Sabha that one time owned a 5 mil property. I have no intention to sully the Sabha – but the point must be made that the statement by the DG-13 is cooked up.
Jathedar Jasbir didn’t abuse his authority. He outsmarted 10 bungling fellows, not once but twice. The Jathedar has the authority to fire the Exco. The real abuse of authority was by the DG-10 who forced their way into the Exco.
The Jathedar of Sabha…has gone to the extent of violating the Sabha constitution which for us is a sacred document established on Sikhi principles of ‘Nimarta’ and ‘Satkaar’, a constitution that was put in place by our founding fathers under the guidance of Sant Sohan Singh ji Melaka.
An apology is due to the sant for being dragged into this mess. Didn’t the DG-13 shred the “sabha constitution” through their back door deals at the last AGM? One wonders if “horse trading” and “trickery” and “following the master mind’s agenda” were their “Sikhi” principles of the DG-13 on the AGM day. Were these principles put in place under the guidance of “sant labo of mumbo jumbo”? And let’s not dirty the words “nimarta” and “satkaar.”
Instead, he stubbornly chooses to cling on to his chair. This is the silly stuff. Wasn’t it the DG-13 who ‘installed’ Jathedar Jasbir at the last AGM – by getting DG-10 installed alongside? You put him there, didn’t you? He stubbornly chooses to cling to his chair, you stubbornly slog to grab his chair – what’s the real difference?
So 2019 is NOT AN ELECTION YEAR. This year in 2019 we can only have the AGM, but without elections. This means he will continue till July 2020 until the next election. Are you prepared to wait another 1 ½ years for him to go?
Sabha members have waited for 60 years for the Sabha to be Sabha. Surely, they can wait 1.5 years. Question is can the DG-13 and their mastermind wait? So strong is their naked urge to grab power that their impatience is popping out of every sentence.
So we succeed or not, why not be done with it right now? At least we will know what the members want. Then everyone can go back to their lives.
Done with it right now? This is what I mean by the terrible urge of impatience. Every one has gone back to their lives after your horse trading and back door dealing at the last AGM. The only people who can’t seem to go back to their lives are the DG-13 and their masterminds. The desperation must truly be high to take over “right now” – not a day longer!
Sabha is in ‘ICU’… Due to ….its questionable alliances with organisations that are anti Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Donations to the Sabha have gone. Sabha itself is struggling financially.
This is the mumbo jumbo of Agyani Labo.
There are no organizations in Malaysia that are anti Guru Gobind Singh ji. Except one deviant group that wishes to go AGAINST the Hukm of Guru Gobind Singh Ji pertaining to GURU MANIO GRANTH.
All Sikh organizations in Malaysia want the Parkash of ONLY the SGGS and follow the SRM which says “no other book can be installed on par with the SGGS”. The deviant group wants the parkash of a rival granth. Labo is the spokesperson of this group.
In any case, as stated above, Sabha did issue the letter supporting the Dasam Granth. So why hasn’t millions poured into its coffers already? The truth is major gurdwaras who were strong supporters of the Sabha withheld their donations for Samelan 2018 due to that letter.
We the seniors may have initiated the EGM. But it is for you to decide. It is about you, not us. You, the youth, the future of the Sabha, together with other elders, are being given the power to choose your future.
How many youth constituted the DG-10 that forced themselves into the Exco by backdoor horse trading in the last AGM? None. How was it that the youth of Sabha were side-lined when the DG-10 oldies grabbed power, but now that they have been outsmarted by Jathedar Jasbir, the DG-13 suddenly want the youth to be there to help them in their power grab? Why the double standard?
You may hear someone say ‘why have an EGM? It is not the Sabha way. Sure. We agree. Well said. But is what the Jathedar doing the ‘Sabha Way?’ We already tried ‘the Sabha Way’ at the last AGM. Did that help? Did anything change? Did anything improve?
What the DG-13 did at the last AGM was a power grab through wheeling and dealing, a.k.a horse trading. And they have the gall to call it “the Sabha way”?
Did that help? Sure, it helped push the Sabha under a bus. It put the Sabha into troubled waters. Did anything change? Sure again. For the first time in 60 years the Sabha saw a back door takeover. Did anything improve? No. It got worse.
It takes courage to ‘do something’. We have chosen to ‘do something’. And no one will ever be able to say, “There was so much going wrong, but you people did nothing!” We have done our duty. We pray you will do yours.
Yes, there is much going wrong. The wrong lies in the people trying to grab power through pretentious ways.
Yes, I pray the youth of Sabha will do their duty – which is to turn up at the EGM or AGM and throw these power grabbers, horse traders and wheeler dealers out. Send a clear message to the masterminds that the Sabha will not be used for their Agenda.
Yes, I pray the invitation to the “funeral” of the Sabha that “is in the ICU” according to the DG-13 will become a spring cleaning exercise instead – an exercise to get rid of the trouble makers.
The Global Sikh Council (GSC)
Coming of Age and Within Cross Hairs.
Karminder Singh Dhillon, Phd (Boston).
When a Sikh organization begins to chart an authentic journey in Gurmat, it inevitably gets the attention of anti-Sikh forces.
These forces, backed by powerful entities, always lead to the ugly Leviathan that controls the ultimate corridors of power. The Leviathan thus steers the anti-Sikh drive from a position of unbridled power and influence. Its tentacles are beyond measure.
The Leviathan has a well-resourced tool bag, equipped with a variety of instruments ranging from financial corruption of those who will do its bidding, disruption of the organization, sabotage and the capacity to incapacitate.
All roads lead to Rome, they say. Ours unfortunately lead to Delhi or Nagpur – depending on one’s perspective. Yet the Rome that wishes to destruct Sikhi often works through intermediary “sikh” individuals and groups who either selfishly or foolishly take up the bait for what is eventually the bidding of the Leviathan.
These “sikh” individuals and groups act as agents of the Leviathan. In the world of governments such behaviour is called “plausible deniability.” Or PD in short. PD allows the master mind to hide his hand and deny its involvement.
The Leviathan and its agents have a parasitic relationship. The Leviathan is in constant look out for new agents to recruit, and agents are on the lookout for new Sikh organizations to propose for consideration of destruction – at a fee, of course.
THE GLOBAL SIKH COUNCIL COMES WITHIN RANGE.
In the past few years, the Global Sikh Council has begun to make its mark in the realm of Gurmat and global Sikh direction. The leadership of GSC has taken bold and courageous stands on a variety of national and international Sikh matters.
It has also begun to grow in size stature and presence within the Sikh world. Its AGMs are held in major cities across the globe, well attended by representatives from across the world and professionally conducted.
Its visibility has been heightened. Prominent and highly respected Sikh personalities have lent their support to its causes. The indefatigable efforts of Lord Inderjit Singh who never tires of raising a whole range of issues in the British Parliament –and by extension the global platform – is case in point.
The Lord raising issues is one thing. What matters more to the Leviathan is his connection with the GSC.
In short, the GSC has come of age. And in so doing, come within the cross hair of the Leviathan’s muzzle.
In its upward mobility the GSC has ruffled the feathers of the ugly Leviathan of Delhi and Nagpur – waking both up in the direction of GSC. For the greedy, corrupt and opportunistic agents of the Leviathan, the GSC has become fresh bait – a new “prospect” to propose to the Leviathan: “Sir, here is another Sikh organization that needs to be silenced, here is what you need to do, here is what we can do to help, and here is the invoice.” Not necessarily in that order; but we get the drift.
UNDERSTANDING THE GAME
The Leviathan’s power is unrestrained and his resources enormous. Yet his manner of operating is one that has been honed by regimes across the world.
The leadership of GSC – or any other authentic Sikh organization may be well advised to at least be aware of the methods so that it stands well prepared. Keen observers of government behaviour in stifling dissent are familiar with the many methods used, four – considered relevant to GSC – are listed below.
1. Planting the Media. Using the media to propagate damaging stories about the targeted organization is easy because more often than not, governments often control the media through a variety of ways; and media people are beholden to the government in many ways.
Imagine a story in the Media Times that reads: Global Sikh Council Funded by Pakistani Agencies. Who would be the sources of the fraudulent story? Plenty. How about this: “Highly placed sources in the Federal Department of Inquiry, speaking on condition of anonymity told the Media Times that leaders of the GSC has been secretly meeting Pakistani Agencies to facilitate the financial transfer…..” Imagine an anonymous investigator “telling the media” that “police confiscated the funds before they could reach the coffers of the GSC.”
Other “sikh” organizations who are already compromised or on the payroll of the Leviathan can make perfect sources. Imagine this statement in the story. “The Secretary of the SGPC said the SGPC was against any involvement of Pakistani agencies. We had our suspicions, but the evidence is clearly in now….”Imagine a Jathedar of some Takhat being quoted as saying “This goes against the tenets of Sikhi, the GSC ought to be ex-communicated for taking money from our national enemy.”
Read point 3 below for yet another perfect source.
With the prevalence of the Internet, planting stories in the form of fake news has never been easier. Agents of the Leviathan can sit in the comforts of their offices and dish out such stories with impunity.
2 .Infiltration. This method was perfected by the Soviet regime of Stalin. Thousands of anti- Stalin Soviet citizens escaped to the western world and set up dissident organizations that exposed the lie of the Communist Soviet claims of a hunky dory nation, exposed the regime’s weaknesses and galvanized opposition against the Stalinist regime.
Stalin sent out his agents in the guise of dissidents to infiltrate these organizations. The agents went to dissident organization meetings and participated actively; often condemning the Stalin regime in loud and crude ways, calling for more action to bring down the regime. They even condemned the existing leadership “for not being anti-Stalin enough!”
They got noticed, and got elected as leaders of these dissident organizations – pushing the genuine office bearers out. They got access to the organization membership records and provided information on dissidents and their families back in the Soviet Union to the Stalin regime. Many of these “real dissidents” were kidnapped or killed by the Soviet agencies and their families tortured. These infiltrated agent “leaders” then destroyed the dissident organizations systematically.
This was the chosen method in “Khalistani” organizations that sprung up in western countries to represent both the Sikh diaspora as well as Sikh dissidents who had sought refuge in these countries. They died their deaths through infiltration of the Leviathan’s agents.
3. Sabotage. This method is commonly used by regimes in their quest to consolidate power and destroy groups who opposed to it. The modus operands begin with cultivating a group of corruptible leaders or members of influence and providing them the support and means to eventually cripple the organization.
The methods are straightforward. The cultivated group’s agenda relies on its ability to fuel infighting and factionalism. Motions of no confidence, coup-de-tat attempts through sacking legally elected leaders, replacing legitimate leaders by appointing cultivated members in their place, attempting to take over the leadership, setting up a rival organization – often by the same name as the original – holding separate meetings, conducting parallel elections of office bearers etc are the text book methods of getting to the outcome.
The outcome is predictable. The bought over leaders continue to do their dirty work until the organization splinters into two or more factions. The genuine organisation is thus paralyzed and its leaders severely disillusioned.
The Leviathan then throws its support behind the group led by the cultivated leaders. Funds, visas to its delegates, recognition of their services, attendance at officiating ceremonies by the Leviathan leaders and invites to the cultivated leaders to Leviathan organized and funded events are examples of support that follows.
Imagine the GSC being split into two this way. Now imagine the Media Times story above having this statement: Sardar X Singh, former leader of the GSC, who served on the Executive Committee of GSC for five years confirmed that GSC has always received funds from suspicious sources. That is the main reason I left the GSC, ” said Mr Singh to the Media Times in a telephone interview.
It sounds credible because in the eyes of the public a former member not only knows the truth, the former member has been removed because he protested against the foreign funding!
Of course the public will never know the real story relating to the former member – that he was planted there to sabotage the organization, and that by becoming a “source” for the fake story he is merely doing what he is sent to do – sabotage.
4. Deploying Already Infiltrated Organizations. No real explanation needed here. The Sikh world is largely aware that virtually all core Sikh institutions, organisations, universities, research centres etc. are either compromised or totally infiltrated by the Leviathan that is Delhi and Nagpur. So using any or some of them against the GSC would require no heavy lifting.
The Jathedar of a Takhat declaring a “sandesh” that the GSC is “malesh” (filthy) stands as one example. The GSC should be prepared for a string of such “statements” from our Jathedars and leaders. There should be no surprise if even less palatable nonsense comes its way from the village idiots that some of our Jathedars are. One can begin to hear the voices. “Sikh Research Body Delhi says GSC on the wrong track in allowing Khalistanis to do its bidding.” Chancellor of XYZ University Chandigarh calls on GSC to stop splitting the Sikhs. Sikh Scholar says GSC the major cause of Sikh disunity. And so on.
There is no denying that the GSC aspires to make a presence in matters affecting Sikhs globally. The organization has grown out of its infancy and its presence is beginning to be felt. Its authenticity and steadfastness has come into the cross hairs of not just the powers that be in Delhi and Nagpur, but amongst the compromised institutions and leadership of Sikhi – most of whom fear their own exposure within the Sikh world.
One can imagine the questions running in the minds of these institutions. Is the GSC going to rival the SGPC? Are they going to put forth the notion of a Takhat in the western world? Are they going to challenge or expose A, B and C ? Is the Sikh World going to consider the GSC with greater regard than our organization?
One can also imagine the questions running in the minds of those walking the corridors of power at Delhi and the corridors of influence at Nagpur.
Members of GSC are no longer in the comfort zone of being out of the cross hairs of the muzzle that has taken aim, shot and fatally wounded many a Sikh organization. There is no denying that the four methods of the Game described above are already in play as far as GSC is concerned.
The best option for GSC is to remain upright to continue to walk the path and continue to serve the Panth in ways and objectives as enshrined in its constitution. Stopping to throw a stone at each dog that barks may distract it from its path; but knowing which dog bites is crucial too.
Only time can tell if the GSC survives or falls prey to the machinations of the all-powerful Leviathan. Either way it is no harm learning the ways of those bent on bringing GSC down or to its knees and being adequately preapred.
The Sikh world has lost one of its most illuminated minds in the passing of Gyani Gurbax Singh Kala Afgana.
He contributed immensely to Tatt Gurmat while exposing the corruption of Sikhi by our depraved clergy – deras, sants, babas and Taksalees. He influenced a great many minds – Sikh parcharaks, writers and thinkers. He wrote profusely and his revolutionary ideas will live on.
There is no doubt that Kala Afgana stands as the leading reformer since the founders of Singh Sabha movement Gyani Gurditt Singh and Prof Gurmukh Singh. His loss to the Sikh world is unparalleled.
The clergy and our corrupted institutions including the AT left no stone unturned to lock his soul up – they excommunicated him in exile, harassed him, threatened him and prayed profusely for his death.
The old warrior who in his final stage of life so terrified the false pujarees and jathedaars that they cowed out of a video call discussion with a sick old man of integrity.
He has passed on but not before creating uncountable thinking and questioning minds. He will live on in their minds and in the minds of many more to come.
The corruptors and hijackers of Sikhi are naturally overjoyed that they have one less threat to deal with. It’s a reflection of their small mindedness.
The SGGS linked Sikh world will feel blessed in the enlightenment that Kala Afghana shared with all. His loss will be deeply felt but the passion for Sikhi truths that he ignited will burn bright for generations to come.
The best service to his memory is to have copies of all his 12 books and read them thoroughly
May Guru ji bless strength to his loved ones to bear his loss.
Karminder Singh Dhillon PhD (Boston)
Gyani Jarnail Singh Arshi.
Jan 10th 2019
ਨਿਧੱੜਕ ਤੇ ਬੁਲੰਦ ਅਵਾਜ਼ ਸਿਰਦਾਰ ਗੁਰਬਖਸ਼ ਸਿੰਘ ਕਾਲਾ ਅਫਗਾਨਾ ਦੀਆਂ ਯਾਦਾਂ
ਅੱਜ ਸਵੇਰੇ ਆਖਰ ਓਹ ਘੜੀ ਆ ਹੀ ਗਈ ਜਦੋਂ ਇਸ ਮਨੁੱਖੀ ਮਸ਼ੀਨਰੀ ਨੇ ਰੁਕ ਹੀ ਜਾਣਾ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈ। ਤਕਰੀਬਨ 98 ਸਾਲ ਦੀ ਲੰਬੀ ਉਮਰ ਭੋਗ ਕੇ ਸਿਰਦਾਰ ਗੁਰਬਖਸ਼ ਸਿੰਘ ਕਾਲਾ ਅਫਗਾਨਾ ਇਸ ਫਾਨੀ ਸੰਸਾਰ ਨੂੰ ਅਲਵਿਦਾ ਆਖ ਗਏ ਅਤੇ ਆਪਣੀਆਂ ਬੇਸ਼-ਕੀਮਤੀ ਕਿਤਾਬਾਂ, ਜਿਨ੍ਹਾ ਦੀ ਗਿਣਤੀ 13 ਹੈ, ਸਿੱਖ ਕੌਮ ਦੇ ਪੱਲੇ ਪਾ ਨਾਮਣਾ ਖੱਟ ਗਏ। ਮਾਰਚ 2018 ਵਿਚ ਗੁਰਬਖਸ਼ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ ਨਾਲ ਆਖਰੀ ਮੁਲਾਕਾਤ ਹੋਈ ਤੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾ ਇਤਰਾਜ਼ ਜਤਾਇਆ ਕਿ ਮੈਂ ਜਲਦੀ ਜਲਦੀ ਮਿਲਣ ਕਿਉਂ ਨਹੀਂ ਆਉਂਦਾ। 97 ਸਾਲ ਦੀ ਉਮਰ ਵਿਚ ਵੀ ਉਨ੍ਹਾ ਨੂੰ ਸੱਭ ਕੁੱਝ ਯਾਦ ਸੀ ਕਿ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਭਾ ਇੰਟਰਨੈਸ਼ਨਲ ਕੈਨੇਡਾ ਬਣਾਉਣ ਅਤੇ ਸਿੱਖੀ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰਚਾਰ ਵਿਚ ਜੁਟ ਜਾਣ ਦੀਆ ਗੱਲਾਂ ਜਾਂ ਸਕੀਮਾਂ ਅਸੀਂ ਸਿਰਦਾਰ ਹਰਦੇਵ ਸਿੰਘ ਸ਼ੇਰਗਿੱਲ ਦੇ ਰੋਜ਼ਵਿਲ ਗੁਰਦਵਾਰੇ ਵਿਚ ਬਣਾਈਆਂ ਅਤੇ ਸਿਰੇ ਚਾੜੀਆਂ। ਉਹ ਇਹ ਸੁਣ ਕੇ ਬਹੁਤ ਹੀ ਖੁਸ਼ ਹੋਏ ਕਿ ਹੁਣ ਤਕ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਭਾ ਨੇ ਦਸਮ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਬਾਰੇ ਸਿੱਖ ਜਨਤਾ ਨੂੰ ਸੁਚੇਤ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ 58 ਹਜ਼ਾਰ ਮੈਗਜ਼ੀਨ, 50 ਹਜ਼ਾਰ ਅਖਬਾਰ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਵਿਚ ਅਤੇ 50 ਹਜ਼ਾਰ ਹਿੰਦੀ ਵਿਚ ਛਾਪ ਕੇ ਵੰਡਿਆ ਹੈ। ਜਦੋਂ ਮੈਂ ਛਾਪਾਈ ਦਾ ਸਾਰਾ ਹਾਲ ਬਿਆਨ ਕੀਤਾ ਕਿ ਵੱਖਰੇ ਵੱਖਰੇ ਮਜ਼ਬੂਨ ਲੈ ਕੇ ਹੁਣ ਤਕ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਭਾ ਤਕਰੀਬਨ ਸੱਤ ਲੱਖ ਅਖਬਾਰ/ਮੈਗਜ਼ੀਨ ਅਤੇ ਪੰਜ ਲੱਖ ਡੀ.ਵੀ.ਡੀ.& ਸੀਡੀਜ਼ ਵੰਡ ਚੁੱਕੀ ਹੈ ਤਾਂ ਮੰਜੇ ਵਿਚ ਲੰਮੇ ਪਏ ਸਿਰਦਾਰ ਜੀ ਨੂੰ ਇਤਨਾ ਜੋਸ਼ ਅਇਆ ਕਿ ਇਕ ਦਮ ਖੜਾ ਹੋ ਕੇ ਮੈਨੂੰ ਜੱਫੀ ਵਿਚ ਲੈ ਲਿਆ ਅਤੇ ਗਦ-ਗਦ ਹੋ ਗਏ। ਕਹਿਣ ਲੱਗੇ ਕਿ ਹੁਣ ਮੈਨੂੰ ਪੂਰਾ ਯਕੀਨ ਹੋ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਸੱਚ ਉਜਾਗਰ ਹੋ ਕੇ ਹੀ ਰਹੇਗਾ। ਸਿੱਖੀ ਵਿਚ ਆਏ ਨਿਘਾਰ ਨੂੰ ਦੂਰ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ 1872 ਵਿਚ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਭਾਵਾਂ ਬਣਾਈਆਂ ਗਈਆਂ, ਗਿਆਨੀ ਦਿੱਤ ਸਿੰਘ, ਪ੍ਰੋ. ਗੁਰਮੁੱਖ ਸਿੰਘ, ਭਾਈ ਕਾਹਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਨਾਭਾ, ਭਸੌੜ ਵਾਲੇ ਪੰਚ ਖਾਲਸਾ ਦੀਵਾਨ ਵਾਲਿਆਂ ਅਤੇ ਹੋਰ ਗੁਰਮੁੱਖ ਪਿਆਰਿਆਂ ਨੇ ਤਨ ਦੇਹੀ ਨਾਲ ਜ਼ੋਰ ਲਾ ਕੇ ਪੁਜਾਰੀ ਜਮਾਤ ਦੇ ਸਿੱਖੀ ਵਿਚ ਪਾਏ ਹੋਏ ਢੇਰ ਸਾਰੇ ਗੰਦ ਨੂੰ ਸਾਫ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਕੋਸ਼ਿਸ਼ ਕੀਤੀ। 1962 ਵਿਚ ਮਿਸ਼ਨਰੀ ਕਾਲਜ਼ ਖੁਲਣੇ ਸੁਰੂ ਹੋਏ ਤੇ ਉਸ ਚਲਾਈ ਹੋਈ ਲਹਿਰ ਨੂੰ ਹੋਰ ਹੁੰਘਾਰਾ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਅਤੇ ਹੁਣ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੇ ਲੱਗ-ਭਗ 110 ਪਿੰਡਾਂ ਵਿਚ ਪ੍ਰਚਾਰ ਸੈਂਟਰ ਖੁਲ੍ਹ ਚੁੱਕੇ ਹਨ। ਇਹ ਸਾਰਾ ਹਾਲ ਸੁਣ ਕੇ ਬੁੱਢੇ ਸ਼ੇਰ ਦੀਆਂ ਗੱਲਾਂ ਤੇ ਲਾਲੀ ਚਮਕਣ ਲੱਗ ਪਈ ਅਤੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਪ੍ਰੀਵਾਰ ਦੇ ਜੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਅਵਾਜਾ ਮਾਰਿਆ ਕਿ ਇਨ੍ਹਾ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਚਾਹ-ਪਾਣੀ ਅਤੇ ਬਰਫੀ ਲੈ ਕੇ ਆਓ।
Guru Nanak’s Birthday – April or October?
Guru Nanak was born on Baisakhi Day – April 15, 1469. But Sikhs have continued to celebrate it on Katak Dee Puranmashi – the month of October / Novemnber. A recent article by Prof Harbans Lal has suggested that both days are relevant – Guru Nanak was born in April 1469 but obtained “Parkash” in October of 1496 at age 27.
Dr. Karminder Singh disagrees, arguing that accepting such a dichotomy is deeply problematic, unsupported by Gurmat and Gurbani, and an attempt to justify the continued practice of celebrating Guru Nanak’s birthday on the wrong date.
We publish below two competing views on the issue. The first by Prof Harbans Lal and the second –a critique of the same – by Karminder Singh, Phd (Boston).
Both articles, by courtesy of The Sikh Bulletin (www.sikhbulletin.com) where both first appeared in the November – December issue of 2018. Webmaster Sikhi Vichar Forum.
IS GURU NANAK’S PARKASH DAY
DIFFERENT FROM GURU NANAK’S BIRTH DAY? YES, IT IS.
By Harbans Lal, Ph.D.; D.Litt. (Hons) and Ek Onkaar Kaur Khalsa Michaud.
Vaisakhi – Guru Nanak’s Birth Day
Through much of Sikh history and the Sikh world, Vaisakhi (April 1469) has been recognized as the Day of Celebration for Guru Nanak’s birth. On this day, Nanak was born to his parents, his father Kalyan Chand Das Bedi, popularly shortened to Pita Kalu and his mother, Mata Tripta.
There has been no eye-witness record of the date of Guru Nanak’s birthday. However, Gyan Ratnavali (1712) of Bhai Mani Singh and Mehma Parkash (1776) of Sarup Das Bhalla, recorded April as his date of birth. Further, recent historians have calculated Guru Nanak’s birthday from his death records.
The date of Guru Nanak’s passing is inscribed on the stone memorializing his death, and it was recorded in other historical documents. The number of days Guru Nanak lived on this earth is also known. Bhai Santokh Singh, a highly learned Sikh biographer, recorded the total age of Guru Nanak as 70 years, five months and 7 days. From this data, the distinguished contemporary Sikh historian, Karam Singh, calculated Guru Nanak’s age from the date of his death and established mid- April as Guru Nanak’s birthday.
Presently, prominent historians such as Giyani M.A. Macauliffe, Hew McLeod, Kahn Singh Nabha, Indu Bhushan Banerji, Khushwant Singh, Kirpal Singh, Ganda Singh, Harbans Singh, H.R. Gupta, Principal Satbir Singh, and others accept April as the date of the birth of Guru Nanak. Thus, April 2019 will be Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary. The global Sikh community is preparing in various ways to celebrate this auspicious day.