Navjot Sidhu calls Virasat-e-Khalsa a white elephant

By 8th June 2017 0 Comments


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Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Wednesday condemned Punjab Tourism Minister Navjot Sidhu for striking at the core of Sikhism by terming Virasat-e-Khalsa “which is a repository of Sikh history, religion and culture” as a white elephant.

At the same time, the party asked the Minister to stop “cheap publicity stunts” like re-inauguration of the Partition Museum in Amritsar.

“Sidhu has insulted Sikhism and Sikhs worldwide by referring to the pride of the Sikh nation — the Virasat-e-Khalsa as a white elephant,” said the former Minister and SAD spokesman Daljeet Singh Cheema while asking Sidhu to apologise to the community immediately maintaining that such “slurs would not be tolerated at any cost”.

Stating that Sidhu needed to be educated on Sikhism as well as the monument which he wanted to turn into a commercial entity, Cheema said that the monument was conceived by former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to commemorate 500 years of Sikh history as well as 300 years of the birth of the Khalsa.
Sukhbir Badal writes on his facebook:
No one should call Virasat-e-Khalsa a white elephant. This is unacceptable as it is a repository of Sikh history, religion and culture. Some things are above money. The Virasat-e-Khalsa is one of them. I strongly object to making it a commercial entity as espoused by the Congress government. Let it be a people’s museum as conceived by Badal Sahab.
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