Akalt Takht exonerates Dera Sacha Sauda chief
September 26, 2015
Amritsar – In a politically significant decision, Akal Takht today ended the confrontation with the controversial Sirsa based Dera Sacha Sauda by accepting the apology of its chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh.The decision was taken at a meeting of the high priests which accepted the explanation sent by the Dera Sacha Sauda chief.
The confrontation between the Sikhs and the Dera dates back to 2008 when a picture of Ram Rahim Singh appeared dressed like Guru Gobind Singh. Jathedars, the Sikh clergy, while accepting his clarification, warned him against repetition of such acts. The picture related to his congregation at his Salabatpura dera in Bathinda district.
This action of dera chief brought the Dera in direct confrontation with the Sikhs with the Akal Takht issuing a directive against the sect. An open call was given to Sikh community to socially boycott dera sacha sauda.
The Dera has huge following in the Malwa region of Punjab and the politicians throng to Ram Rahim Singh in every election to seek his blessing. This decision is significant in the context of 2017 Punjab assembly elections.
Political observers in Punjab feel Akali establishment might be trying to open channels with influential dera chief to get his support in 2017 elections.
Kanwar Sandhu, senior journalist , while talking on radio show ‘South Asian Pulse’, said that it is an interesting development as the dera chief has been exonerated without him personally appearing before the Jathedars.
Host of the show’ South Asian Pulse’ Yudhwir Jaswal said that political analysts see this as a significant development. People feel that some politics is going behind the scene. He said many people are of this view that ending confrontation is always good but the timing of the decision and the way it is done now raises many questions.