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Press Release on SGPC decision to change Nanakshahi Calendar

The Institute of Sikh Studies, the International Sikh Confederation and the Kendri Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Chandigarh are totally disappointed with the decision of the SGPC Executive Committee to modify the Nanakshahi Calendar. Modifications approved by the SGPC Executive Committee as reported in the Press, have totally changed the concept and character of the Calendar.

The Nanakshahi Calendar had been framed after thorough research and deliberations in which a large segment of Sikhs from across the globe took part. Learned persons, irrespective of their religious beliefs were consulted in framing the final draft of the Calendar. This was thoughtfully studied and unanimously approved by the General Body of the SGPC and the Jathedar Sahibans before it was implemented. Making major modifications without consulting all sections of the Sikh Panth is totally unjustified. Besides taking such an important decision hurriedly, without a cause for urgency is unwise.

We earnestly appeal to our Jathedar Sahiban not to issue any edict in this regard and thereby preserve the unity of the Sikh Panth until wider consultations are instituted.

Signed by:

Pritam Singh, President, Institute of Sikh Studies, Chandigarh
Bibi Baljit Kaur, Secretary, Kendri Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Chandigarh
Lt Gen Kartar Singh, PVSM, CEO, International Sikh Confederation,Chandigarh
Gurdev Singh, Patron, Institute of Sikh Studies, Chandigarh
Bhai Ashok Singh Bagrian, Ex-President, Institute of Sikh Studies, Chandigarh
Dr Birendra Kaur d/o Dr Kharak Singh ji and member of the Institute of Sikh



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