Published On: Sun, Oct 27th, 2013

No change in Diwali fireworks at Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Sahib

AMRITSAR (27th Oct.) : While there is a raging debate in social media about doing away with fireworks at the Golden Temple during Diwali on November 3 keeping in view the sentiments of anti-Sikh riots in the first week of November 1984, Akal Takht, Sikh’s supreme temporal seat, and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Sikh’s single largest representative body, have decided to stick to the tradition and continue with the show.

The debate triggered after former chief minister of Punjab Beant Singh’s assassin Balwant Singh Rajoana wrote a letter to Jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Gurbachan Singh from jail urging him to issue a diktat to SGPC not to hold the fireworks’ show on Diwali. He had also sought a directive to people not to waste money on firecrackers on Diwali, and instead donate it to family members of 1984 riot victims.

Rajona’s sister Kamaldeep Kaur had delivered the letter to Jathedar of Akal Takht. Though Gurbachan Singh had full appreciation of Rajona’s sentiments and even claimed that he would contemplate on his demand with other Sikh high priests, he told on Saturday, “We would maintain the maryada”.

He also said that SGPC had been asked not to use firecrackers that produce high decibel noise and release poisonous gases in environment. SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said he was of the view to cut down the timing of fireworks show by five minutes or so. Normally, the fireworks last for around 25 minutes.