Hoshiarpur: Sticking to the original version of Nanakshahi calendar adopted in 2003, the Dal Khalsa released the copy of current year Samat 550.
The controversy refuses to die as the community stands divided on the issue with SGPC, DSGMC and others reverting back to Bikrami calendar.
The Sikh Panth adopted its own Nanakshahi calendar on March 14, 2003 under the aegis of Akal Takhat. After seven years, the Akali Dal led by Badals forced Akal Takhat and SGPC to do amendments to appease Sant Samaj. Going further, in 2014, the calendar was reverted back to Bikrami and presently it is Nanakshahi by name only.
Terming SGPC as second fiddle of the Shiromani Akali Dal, the Dal Khalsa today lashed out at its successive heads for misleading the Sikh Diaspora on the issue of calendar and creating divisions among the Sikhs and that too to appease Sant Samaj.
Party leaders headed by H S Dhami released the copy at a function held to pay its glowing tributes to Sikh warrior of yesteryear Baba Baghel Singh, who is credited with the unfurling of Sikh Flag atop the Red Fort in 1783. Sikh scholar Dr Sukhpreet Singh Udhoke was also present during the release ceremony.
Dal khalsa calendar carries its party slogan of Free Punjab from India.
Party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said the Nanakshahi Calendar was an identity marker for the Sikh community and the changes have killed the spirit of the almanac. He said these so-called changes in the Calendar have diluted the uniqueness of the Sikh almanac.
To commemorate the historic event popularly called as “Fateh Divas”, a convention was held aiming to ignite the spirit of Sikh Sovereignty in the present generation and to connect them with their historical and cultural roots”, said he.
Dal Khalsa ex-head H S Dhami while addressing the gathering explained the concept of the Khalsa Raaj and urged the youth to remain attached with their roots. He talked of unfinished agenda of Punjab’s Sovereignty to ensure safety and respect for all its citizens irrespective of religion.
SYP head Paramjit Singh Mand said the interests of Sikhs and Punjab were the sole concern of Baba Baghel Singh, while the focus of the present Akali leadership was to mint money and enjoy power. We are passing through a critical phase and there was a need to re-strategize our plans to attain the Panthic objectives.
Others present were Sikh scholar Mandhir Singh. Jasbir Singh Khandur, Amrik Singh Issru, Paramjit Singh Tanda. Ranbir Singh, Gurdeep Singh, Gurpreet Singh. Harminder Singh Harmoye, Rajinder Singh, Kulwant Singh Pheruman.