Days ago 14 gurdwaras in Ontario, Canada, banned entry of Indian government representatives. Now, more gurdwara management committees in Canada and the US have barred Indian officials, RSS and Shiv Sena members from entering gurudwaras under their control.
On Sunday, at New York’s Gurudwara Sikh Cultural Society, an announcement in this regard was made after a religious congregation organised to observe the death anniversary of Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh, who were given death penalty for killing former PM Indira Gandhi.
American Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee representative and Sikh Coordinator East Coast, Himmat Singh said, “Total 116 gurdwara management committees had participated in a teleconference on Saturday night and 96 of these gurdwaras had confirmed agreement to the proposal to bar entry of Indian officials in gurdwaras, along with representatives of RSS and Shiv Sena.”
He further stated that some gurdwaras were unable to confirm due to technical glitches in teleconferencing. Many gurdwaras had been e-mailing the Committee and numbers would increase further, he claimed.
Surjit Singh, US president of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), headed by Simranjit Singh Mann, too supported the resolution.
Himmat Singh also said that there will be no ban if someone wishes to visit Gurdwaras in a personal capacity as a devotee. On January 4, 16 gurdwaras in British Columbia and Alberta provinces of Canada had passed a similar resolution.
A statement released by these gurdwaras revealed that this initiative was moved forward in western Canada by Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar (Surrey, BC) and Gurdwara Dasmesh Culture Centre (Calgary, AB). In totality, 16 Gurdwaras in BC & Alberta agreeably support those sewadars of Gurdwara Sahibs reserve the right to bar access to the stage and entry to officials of the Indian government.
In addition to that, the statement also held that although this policy of restriction existed informally, it was time for a formal declaration. This step is being taken to ensure that the Gurdwara Sahib remains independent from the interference of corrupt officials who represent a government that for the last four decades has committed genocide against the Sikh community and has never had positive intentions in dealing with Sikhs as a separate nation of people.