Rogue Khalistanis : Dilgeer and Ragi
In the 1980s and 1990s, Ragi Darshan Singh and Harjinder Singh Dilgeer, classified themselves as genuine servants of the Sikh Panth, they openly promoted and patronized the Sikh Nationalists, and in return reaped countless monetary rewards from the community through the commercial sale of their books and cassettes containing militant sermons and views - their rewards for provoking the emotions of the youth.
The Ragi, who at one time served as the Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib, openly provoked and instigated the Sikh youth to rebel against the central government. During that turbulent time thousands died, many were imprisoned and tortured; others simply disappeared never to be heard from again. Twenty years ago, Ragi stoked the fires of Sikh Nationalism by mixing his sermons with martial verses of the Dasam Granth. Today, the Ragi, has done an about face, openly despising the very hymns of Gurbani from which he had made his livelihood from. Instead of a rebellion against the government, he now wants to incite a battle against the ideals of Sri Akal Takht and Miri-Piri - the very things that had brought him into the limelight in the first place.
Harjinder Singh Dilgeer's story is not much different. This self-styled scholar, claims to be one of the founding members of the Dal Khalsa outfit, and has worked for the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in the last decade. Like the Ragi, he too stoked the emotions of the Sikh community during the 1980s and 1990s. He wrote books such as : Khalistan Di Twarikh, Sikh Hijackers, Kharhkoo Lekh, Jujharu Kalaam, Sikh Jujharvaad, all based on Sikh Nationalism, and Kharkoo ideology. In 1997, he published the 'Sikh Reference Book', which he presents as an encyclopedia of Sikh culture, literature, polity, theology, and history. Incidentally, the very ideas and facts he penned in the Reference Book, he would later upturn in his later works.
In 2009, Dilgeer published the controversial five volume "Sikh Twareekh." While the author claims it to be the most complete and authoritative reference on Sikh History - critics have condemned it as an intentional distortion of historical facts and ideology. His current works condemn many central concepts in Sikhi and present a warped view of the Sikh history as well as question well established accounts related to life history of the Guru Sahibans.
Due to his latest work, Dilgeer, was recently banned by the European Sikh community for his heretic views, see: Pro-Kala Afghana Writer Harjinder Dilgeer Banned by European Sikh Sangat.
In his latest writings, Dilgeer rakes up further controversy by:
• Claiming Guru Gobind Singh Ji never took Khanday-battay-da-Amrit from the Panth Piyaray, negating the concept of "ਆਪੇ ਗੁਰੁ ਚੇਲਾ".
• Dismissing the historical fact that Guru Arjan Dev Ji was were never martyred on a "ਤੱਤੀ ਤਵੀ"
• Dismissing the historical fact connected to Panjokhra Sahib regarding Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Ji blessing Chajju the water carrier to recite the Gita.
• Dismissing the historical fact of Guru Nanak Dev Ji's rotation of the Kabba at Mecca.
• Dismissing the historical fact of Guru Tegh Buhadur Sahib saving Makhan Shah Lubana's merchant ship from sinking.
Despite the various HukamNamas from Sri Akal Takht Sahib forbidding the criticism of Sri Dasam Granth, Dilgeer has openly attacked the Holy Granth calling it 'gand-mandh' (filthy-trash.)
Interestingly, Dilgeer in 'The Sikh Reference Book', which he published just back in 1997, attributes Sri Dasam Granth to Guru Gobind Singh Ji clearly on multiple occasions and cites the very sakhis he now condemns:
Shaheedi Guru Arjan Dev Ji - "Guru Sahib was seated on red-hot plates. Burning sand was poured on his head. This continued for three days." (p. 238, Dilgeer, Sikh Reference Book, 1997)
Panjokhra - "It is here that Bhai Chhajju Jhiwar humbled a learned Pandit Lala Chand, by paraphrasing Bhagwadgita, in an intellectual style." (p. 211, Dilgeer, Sikh Reference Book, 1997)
Regarding Chandi-di-vaar and Bachitar Natak, Dilgeer states:
"Benati Chaupai. It is a composition of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib. The main theme of this hymn is to invoke the Almighty to seek his Grace and Blessing for protection in every sphere of life." (p. 72, Dilgeer, Sikh Reference Book, 1997)
"Chandi di Vaar, written by Guru Gobind Singh Sahib…the theme of this ballad is a war between "good' and "evil"….written in a style that one who listens to it (will) become ready to participate in the battle for righteousness. Chandi di Vaar presents the chivalry of valiant fighters who are ever-ready to sacrifice their lives for righteousness." (p. 72, Dilgeer, Sikh Reference Book, 1997)
"Bachitar Natak (literally 'play marvelous') is the name of the poetic drama written by Guru Gobind Singh Sahib." (p. 69, Dilgeer, Sikh Reference Book, 1997)
Regarding Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Dilgeer states:
"Akal Takht Sahib is the supreme-most seat of authority for the Sikh nation…a Sikh has an obligation to accept the command of the Throne of the Almighty only. The Hukamnama of Akal Takht Sahib is final and binding for each and every Sikh. None dare defy it. One who shows his back to Akal Takht Sahib is excommunicated from the Sikh Panth (nation)" (pp. 87-88, Dilgeer, Sikh Reference Book, 1997)
"HukamaNama - Akal Takht Sahib's verdicts, in the cases of the petitions made by individuals, are also known as HukamaNama…" (p. 91, Dilgeer, Sikh Reference Book, 1997)
"HukamaNama - When it is issued, in a proper manner, is binding on the whole Sikh nation." (p. 91, Dilgeer, Sikh Reference Book, 1997)
In the chronology section of the book, Dilgeer even goes as far as noting the exact dates when certain Banis of Sri Dasam Granth were completed:
24.7.1688 Guru Sahib completed writing Krishnaavtar (p. 658, Dilgeer, Sikh Reference Book, 1997)
25.8.1696 Guru Sahib completed his book Charitropakhiyan (p. 658, Dilgeer, Sikh Reference Book, 1997)
14.6.1698 Guru Sahib completed writing of Ramavtar (p. 658, Dilgeer, Sikh Reference Book, 1997)
Twenty-five years ago, Ragi and Dilgeer both believed that Sri Dasam Granth was Guru Sahib's rachna, now they condemns it. What could be behind this troubling pattern of heresy by these leaders?
Twenty-five years ago, the Indian Government destroyed or looted countless irreplaceable manuscripts from the Sikh Reference Library, never to be seen again. Twenty-five years later, our history and respected traditions are being challenged, distorted, and revised by these turncoat leeches. Perhaps this was the plan all along - only time will tell.
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