SGPC decides to make films about stirred gurus: the Tribune India


GS Paul

Tribune press service

Amritsar, May 24

While an earlier initiative to set up a “ Sikh Censorship Board ” to ensure compliance of rehat maryada in making films about gurus and religion failed to materialize, the recent initiative of the GSTP to create a panel to make films on an identical subject was contested in front of Akal Takht.

Prof Sarchand Singh, activist of the Sikh Federation

Violate resolutions

It is a pity that the GSTP itself is breaking its resolutions. We strongly oppose the SGPC’s decision to make films about gurus. It is ironic that jathedar Akal Takht was included in the panel.

As part of the 400th anniversary of the birth of Guru Tegh Bahadur, SGPC Chairman Bibi Jagir Kaur conceptualized a project to make films about the life of the Ninth Guru and the little-known Sikhs who were associated with the Gurus at that time. , including Baba Makhan. Shah Lubana, Bhai Lakhi Shah Vanjara, Bhai Mati Das, Bhai Sati Das, Bhai Dayala and others. A list of 12 films was made and five scripts were prepared.

To this end, it was decided to form a panel comprising Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh and Takht Kesgarh Sahib Jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh, in order to prepare and approve the scripts for the making of religious films in the future as well.

But this initiative was opposed by the activist of the Sikh Federation, Professor Sarchand Singh, who lodged a complaint with the Akal Takht secretariat.

He cited the SGPC resolution of February 20, 1934, which opposes the making of films based on historical anecdotes of gurus, followed by other resolutions dated August 7, 1940 and May 30, 2003, which prohibited anyone from present themselves as gurus, Panj Pyare and Sahibzadas.

“It is a shame that the GSTP itself is breaking its resolutions. We strongly oppose the SGPC’s decision to make films about gurus. It is ironic that jathedar Akal Takht was included in the panel. When the jathedar of the highest time seat is involved, where can one lodge a complaint? We demand that the SGPC withdraw its decision, ”he said.

Legally Akal Takht cannot intervene in films as these fall under the Central Board of Film Certification, but the idea was to keep an eye out for films related to the Sikh religion.


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