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Panthic bodies call World Sikh Convention to ‘liberate’ Akal Takht

The activities of these panthic bodies are being viewed as a new challenge for the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which manages the affairs of the Akal Takht and appoints its Jathedar, and the Shiromani Akal Dal (SAD).
Panthic bodies and activists, led by former militant leader and Sikh Students Federation president Daljit Singh Bittu, on Saturday announced to call a World Sikh Convention on June 28, to “liberate” the Akal Takht, the highest Sikh temporal seat, from the influence of electoral bodies and revive old Sikh traditions.
Panthic bodies and activists, led by former militant leader and Sikh Students Federation president Daljit Singh Bittu, addressing a press conference in Amritsar on Saturday. (SAMEER SEHGAL/HT)
Accompanied by former militant Lal Singh Akalgarh, Narain Singh Chaura and sacked Panj Pyaras (five beloved ones of Guru), Bittu said, “The international gathering will be hosted at Anandpur Sahib on Miri-Piri Divas (June 28) this year. The intention is to address the current challenges facing Sikhs around the world today, with a primary focus on coming to a collective resolution on re-establishing panch pardhani (collective) leadership and gurmatta-based decision-making at Akal Takht Sahib”. “Sikh organisations, institutions and representatives will be invited from all over the world to participate in the effort to liberate Akal Takht Sahib from the influence of electoral parties and shift its governance processes in line with panthic tradition and collective decision-making,” the leaders added. The activities of these bodies are being viewed as a new challenge for the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which manages the affairs of the Akal Takht and appoints its Jathedar, and the Shiromani Akal Dal (SAD).

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