‘Gold in shrines a trea­sure of Sikhs’

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - SPOTLIGHT - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CHANDI­GARH: Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD) pres­i­dent and Ferozepur MP Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thurs­day said that gold and other sa­cred valu­ables be­long­ing to the Sikh shrines “are a col­lec­tive trea­sure of the Sikh com­mu­nity”.

“There is no ques­tion of any in­di­vid­ual or or­gan­i­sa­tion even con­tem­plat­ing in the di­rec­tion of do­nat­ing even the small­est part of this trea­sure for any cause,” he said in a press re­lease, re­fer­ring to the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing Delhi Sikh Gur­d­wara Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee (DSGMC) pres­i­dent Man­jin­der Singh Sirsa’s “in­ad­ver­tent sug­ges­tion” with re­gard to a pro­posal for dona­tions of gold by shrines of var­i­ous re­li­gious com­mu­ni­ties as a help in the fight against the coro­n­avirus.

Sukhbir said that strong Sikh sen­ti­ments are at­tached to trea­sures like these, some of which have im­mense his­tor­i­cal and her­itage value.

“One must ex­er­cise ex­treme cau­tion and a pro­found sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity while re­spond­ing to any sug­ges­tion af­fect­ing even the tini­est part of that trea­sure,” he said.

The Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal chief fur­ther said Sirsa’s state­ment was un­ac­cept­able and ex­tremely avoid­able, but it was good to see that he re­gret­ted it and apol­o­gised to the Sikh masses.

Sukhbir Singh Badal

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