This is posted in the spirit of celebrating Guru Nanak’s 550th anniversary in 2019.
AMRITSAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made a surprise visit to Sri Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), where he knelt and bowed five times before Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji and also served langar.
Wearing a woollen cap, he moved around the sarvoar’s parikrama, which is nearly a kilometre-and-half long, in about 10 minutes.
He was accompanied by Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, his son and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal and Harsirmat Kaur Badal.
Modi and Afghan President were honored with Siropa. This time, no one denied siropa to anyone from the Badal family as well.
As per the Sikh code of conduct, everyone has to cover his or her head with cloth and remove their shoes before entering the premises. It may be recalled that British monarch Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip had visited Harmandir Sahib in October 1997, and at that time, the Queen wore socks and covered her head with a hat.
Previously, In a proposal to make US President Barrack Obama visit Darbar Sahib wearing cap, SGPC had given official statement saying that “We are only concerned with that one should cover his or her head as per the Sikh code of conduct”.
I write this critique on the basis of good conscience, due diligence and good reason. Where does it say in the book guru, that one must cover one’s head when entering a gurdwara or when being with your guru (teacher)? If you are with a teacher and you become his or her student, then what is the necessity of covering your head? Does it help with learning? Teenagers who attend high school or for that matter, college or university students, are not obligated to cover their heads. No one insists that this be done. Teachers from other religions do not insist this be done. So, why do Sikhs focus on this issue when it does not hold any water? Baba Nanak never made a point of it. He wore a topi, too. Since his 550th birth anniversary is being celebrated in 2019, it’s time we paid attention to the logic contained in his message. If we don’t, then like he used to do, he’ll point out our hypocrisy ∼ Pritam Singh.
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