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‘Allow women ragis at Golden Temple’

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Published on November 11, 2019 with No Comments

Assembly resolution for ending monopoly on kirtan telecast

Putting the SGPC in the dock, Cabinet Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa brought out two resolutions, demanding for the first time that women be allowed to perform kirtan at Golden Temple and the rights of live telecast of gurbani from the shrine be made open to all channels. At present, the Badal family-owned PTC has the sole rights of live telecast of the kirtan. This resolution was unanimously passed by the House where even a few Akali MLAs also failed to oppose the same. It will now be sent to the SGPC. Bajwa lamented that even after 550 years of Baba Nanak explaining the significance of place of women in society, they were not allowed to perform kirtan or sewa of Parkash Asthan of Guru Granth Sahib. Opposing the move, Akali MLA from Nakodar Gurpartap Singh Wadala said that the decision to now allow the women to perform kirtan was part of the “Sikh code of conduct” laid down by Akal Takht. “It will amount to interfering in the religious issues,” he said.

Insistent on attending the November 9 inaugural of the corridor on the invitation of Pakistan, Navjot Singh Sidhu once again wrote to the Centre for clearance saying he would go to Kartarpur via Wagah, if the approval to travel on Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s invite to him was not granted.

Media from India has been reporting that Sidhu may not get clearance from the MEA as only those people who feature in the previously cleared list of 575 pilgrims will be allowed to cross the corridor to Pakistan. Sidhu has already missed the opportunity to be part of the official jatha. All Punjab MLAs were asked to apply, but Sidhu opted out.


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