Giani Harpreet Singh is the Akal Takht Jathedar (highest spokesman of the Sikh neighborhood).
Giani Harpreet Singh was born in Gidderbaha city of Muktsar district, Punjab. He studied in a authorities college until Class 12. He holds a diploma from a Guru Kashi Gurmat Institute, Damdama Sahib. Whereas speaking about his schooling, in an interview, he mentioned,
I’ve carried out all my larger research after turning into a granthi.”
He pursued a one-year diploma course in divinity at Punjabi College, Patiala. Later, he earned a grasp’s diploma in comparative spiritual research from Punjabi College. Later, he pursued a PhD within the comparative examine of teachings of the Quran, the holy scripture of Muslims, with Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of Sikhs.
Peak (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Black
Dad and mom & Siblings
Not a lot data is obtainable about his mother and father and siblings. His father was a Granthi in a village’s Gurudwara.
Spouse & Kids
He has two daughters.
On the age of 24, Harpreet Singh began working for the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) as pracharak (preacher) in 1997. He was appointed because the Head Granthi, a ceremonial reader of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, at Gurudwara Sri Tutti Gandhi Sahib in Sri Muktsar Sahib, Punjab in 1999. In 2003, he grew to become a Granthi within the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Muktsar. In 2015, Giani Harpreet Singh was appointed because the Appearing Jathedar of Akal Takht, which is situated within the Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple), following the resignation of Giani Gurbachan Singh from the put up. In 2017, his appointment was regularised. Gurbachan Singh was slammed by the Sikh neighborhood for pardoning Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in 2015 in a blasphemy case after the latter appeared in a gown just like that of Guru Gobind Singh. The Jathedar is an ordained chief of the Sikh clergy who leads a Takht, a sacred and authoritative seat. He was appointed because the Jathedar of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib in Talwandi on 21 April 2017.
Slammed for Selling Arms Amongst Sikhs (2022)
On 23 Could 2022, Giani Harpreet Singh mentioned that each Sikh ought to possess a licensed fashionable weapon as a result of prevailing circumstances. In his video message, Giani mentioned,
The teachings of Guru Hargobind Sahib are nonetheless related. There’s a want, particularly for Sikh girls and boys, to observe the orders of Guru Hargobind Sahib. They need to take coaching in ‘gatka’ (a conventional martial artwork), sword preventing and capturing. And each Sikh must also attempt to possess a licensed fashionable weapon as a result of such are the occasions and such circumstances have been creating.”
The comment sparked a pointy response from Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, who mentioned the temporal head of the Sikh neighborhood ought to as an alternative give a message of peace and brotherhood. Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring termed Harpreet’s remarks as mischievous and demanded his removing from the put up of Jathedar. The remarks have been made on the event of Guru Gaddi Diwas of Guru Hargobind Sahib, the sixth Guru of Sikhs who introduced a metamorphosis in Sikhism by arming and coaching Sikhs to wage a battle in opposition to the barbarous Mughals.
Giani Harpreet Singh is inclined towards Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
- Muhammad Habib, below whom Giani Harpreet Singh was doing his PhD analysis, mentioned,
He [Giani] could be very humble. Even after taking on because the Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, he used to come back to me like every other pupil. I believe his understanding of different religions will assist him perform higher.”
- The Sikh Youth Federation Bhindranwala opposed the appointment of Giani Harpreet Singh as an Akal Takht Jathedar and endorsed the appointment of Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara as a Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib by the “Sarbat Khalsa.” Jagtar Singh Hawara was convicted within the assassination of the previous Chief Minister of Punjab Beant Singh and jailed in Tihar Jail.
- On 28 September 2021, Giani Harpreet Singh met with Dr Aamer Ahmed, Chairman of the Evacuee Belief Property Board (ETPB) and appreciated ETPB and PSGPC’s efforts for making certain the upkeep of Gurdwaras in Pakistan.
- In September 2020, Akal Takht performing Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh publicly punished SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal and govt committee members for failing to test the misappropriation in its publication division that led to 328 Guru Granth Sahib saroops going lacking. Saroop is a bodily copy of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, additionally known as Bir in Punjabi. Giani Harpreet Singh pronounced the punishment on the spot and mentioned,
Do parkarma of Darbar Sahib sarovar (Circumambulate the holy tank) proper now, chanting Satnam-Waheguru after which be current right here once more. Don’t speak to one another and fold your palms whereas doing so.”
On the completion of the above-mentioned punishment, he introduced the remaining punishment and mentioned,
You might be directed to carry one Akhand Path (continuous recitation of Guru Granth Sahib) at Gurdwara Ramsar Sahib for pashchatap (remorse and regret) for the 2016 fireplace incident that led to saroops getting burnt. Maintain one other Akhand Path at Akal Takht. When that Akhand Path could be happening on the Takht, the SGPC office-bearers and govt members will sweep the road resulting in Darbar Sahib from Saragarhi Serai to Ghantaghar Chowk”