Two Sikh bodies are running a parallel campaign in Punjab to counter ‘religious conversion’

The largest Sikh religious body, the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), is facing a challenge to its supremacy with the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), launching a parallel Sikh outreach campaign in Punjab on Wednesday. Is.

The DSGMC launched a ‘Dharma Jagarkata wave’ from the holy city of Amritsar, which is being seen as similar to the SGPC’s ‘Dharma Prachar wave’ launched about a month ago to promote Sikhism and was initiated to prevent change in the state. The DSGMC also opened its ‘Dharma Prachar’ wing office, appointing Shiromani Akali Dal (Samikat) activist Manjit Singh Bhuma as the in-charge of the campaign.

The SGPC is controlled by the Sukhbir Badal-led SAD and the presence of some members of the party’s splinter group at the DSGMC event raised curiosity in political and religious circles.

Traditionally, the SGPC manages the affairs of historic gurdwaras in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh while Delhi is managed by the DSGMC headed by Harmeet Singh Kalka, a separate Also heads Akali Group, SAD (Delhi State). ), after separation from the clouds.

The DSGMC members alleged that the SGPC had failed to cope with the changes in Punjab. “It (SGPC) has failed to propagate Sikh religion and ethics in Punjab due to which many youths of the community are being weaned by other religious groups and conversions are increasing in rural areas,” alleged a member. put

Disclosing details about their dharma awakening wave, committee members said preachers appointed by DSGMC will travel to Majha, Malwa and Doaba regions of Punjab state along with local gurdwara institutions to reach the masses. Access can be expanded. Magnificent Sikh history, culture and principles.

Apart from DSGMC, SGPC, HSGPC, Chief Khalsa Dewan, some members of SAD (Samekat) led by Sukhdev Singh Dhandsa and Sikh Sant Samaj organizations also participated in the event. of

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