*Provide political reservation, minority status to Sikhs: DGPC
JAMMU, Jan 5: Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj was celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervour at various places across the region today while `Nagar Kirtan’ was taken out at several towns to mark the occasion.
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The main function in this connection was held at Gurdwara Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Chand Nagar Jammu with religious fervour and gaiety. The function was organised by District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Jammu, in which devotees from different parts of the region including women and children participated in large number, to pay obeisance and seek blessings of great Guru.
Prominent Sikh preachers and Ragi Jathas from within and outside J&K delivered sermons and recited Gurbani Path. The speakers threw light on the life and teachings of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, describing him a saint soldier and a poet who took sword to fight against the oppression and infused martial spirit in the people by soul inspiring heroic poetry.
Bhai Gurdeep Singh Ji, Preacher Kapurthala Wale delivered sermons while Bhai Davinder Singh Ji, Hazoori Raghi, Sri Darbar Sahib, Sri Amritsar, Bhai Jasbir Singh Ji Jamalpuri, Hazoori Ragi, Sri Darbar Sahib, Sri Amritsar, Bhai Gurpret Singh Ji Johal Sri Amritsar, Central Gurdwara, RS Pura, Bhai Jagtar Singh Ji Jammu Wale, Bhai Randhir Singh Ji and Bhai Surjeet Singh Ji of DGPC Jammu recited the Gurbani Kirtan and delivered sermons.
On this occasion resolutions highlighting religious, social and political problems faced by the minority Sikh community in the UT of J&K were presented.
DGPC Jammu president, Jagjit Singh while addressing the gathering, greeted the Sangat and urged the Lieutenant Governor’s administration to fulfill the legitimate demands of the minority Sikh community and assured the Sangat that DGPC Jammu with the cooperation and support of Sikh Sangat shall continue its whole hearted efforts for the redressal of all the genuine demands of Sikh Community. General secretary Fateh Singh and DGPC member Avtar Singh Khalsa also spoke on the occasion.
The main demands projected through resolutions included: holding DGPC elections without further delay, provide political reservation and minority status to the Sikhs in J&K, final settlement of issues of the 1947 refugees from PoJK, publication of Ansari Commission report, justice to Punjabi language in J&K and grant of special package to Transport industry.
Meanwhile, an impressive ‘Nagar-Kirtan’ was taken out by the Sikh community supported by all communities on the eve of Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj, the 10th Guru of Sikhism in Akhnoor town today. Mohan Lal Bhagat, SSP, Dy Director (Indoor) SKPA Udhampur was the special guest.
The ‘Shobha Yatra’ started from Amar Palace Daskal which marched through Nirdosh Chowk, Bus Stand Akhnoor and culminated at Sant Baba Sunder Singh Ji Gurudwara in Akhnoor. A large number of people from Hindu community also paid their obeisance to the great Guru and joined the religious procession en-route. The Sikh youth played Ghatka and showed many feats during the Nagar Kirtan. Mohinder Singh, DGPC member was leading the procession.
In RS Pura, a religious program was organized at Gurdwara Singh Sabha Kool Kalan, in which thousands of people from all walks of life participated. Shabd Kirtan was organized in the Gurudwara in which the life history and teachings of Guru Gobind Singh Ji were highlighted by Ragi Jatha and the Sangat was inspired to follow the path shown by great Guru.
District Development Council member RS Pura, Prof Garu Ram Bhagat and BDC Chairman Tarsem Singh also paid obeisance at the Gurdwara and greeted the Sangat on Prakash Utsav.
Similar function was held at Thandapani Gurdwara near Sunderbani in district Rajouri. On this occasion, ADC Vinod Kumar and ex-MLC Ravinder Sharma were the special guests. Both of them addressed the religious gathering.