Amritsar: Akal Takht’s jathedar, Giani Harpreet Singh, expressed concern over the building of new churches and mosques in the border villages of Punjab. Speaking on the 38th anniversary of Operation Blue Star on Monday, he urged Sikhs to set up akharas and “shooting ranges” and try to learn martial arts and traditional weaponry to save their faith.
The ceremony at the Golden Temple in Amritsar was held in the presence of heavy policemen. Several hardliners also participated and were carrying banners and placards with photos of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. On some of the banners, ‘Khalistan Zindabad’ was also written.
Gurdwara management committees and Sikh institutions try to establish Gatka academies or Gatka akharas in gurdwara complexes along the lines of Guru Angad Dev’s Mal Akharas at Khadoor Sahib.He further added that setting up shooting ranges is not wrong.
However, he said that his views regarding shooting ranges were misunderstood because practise is required in shooting to participate in any shooting competition and win a gold medal in a shooting event.
He further added that with the emergence of churches and mosques in the vicinity of Punjab’s border, Sikh preachers must visit these areas and try to convince people and entice youths to listen to the rich culture and history of the Sikh community.
He urged the youths to give up drugs, get a better education, and try to emulate Jewish economists, then think about becoming the zar of the world’s economy. “If our children become educated enough to control the global economy, then our rule will be established,” he said.
The jathedar of Akal Takht, the most important seat of Sikhism, has accused Russia of being behind Operation Bluestar. “Look at Russia now—engaged in a brawl with a tiny country like Ukraine. He criticised successive governments’ policies that aimed to weaken the Sikh community in all ways, including religiously, politically, and socially.