SGPC takes back award from Kuldip Nayar for comparing Bhindranwale with Ram Rahim
Bowing down to the pressure of the Damdami Taksal, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to take back the Shiromani Patarkar Award from veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar for comparing slain militant preacher Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale with Sirsa dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, who is undergoing a 20-year sentence in a rape case.
The Damdami Taksal, a Sikh seminary once headed by Bhindranwale, is a close ally of Shiromani Akali Dal which controls the SGPC. The SGPC had given the award to Nayar on July 3, 2006, at a function marking the 400th anniversary Akal Takht at the Golden Temple.
The Taksal had also demanded ban on Nayar’s autobiography ‘Beyond the Lines’ for use of words like ‘terrorist’ for Bhindranwale. Taksal head Harnam Singh Dhumma welcomed the SGPC decision.