Apostasy, drug addiction biggest challenges : Akal Takht chief

Terming evils like rising apostasy, female foeticide, tendency to pollute environment, adulteration and drug addiction among the youths as the biggest challenges before Sikh community, Akal Takht chief Giani Gurbachan Singh has said that the shortcomings within the community had become the biggest enemy of the Sikh Panth.

Speaking on the occasion of Bandi Chhor Diwas celebrations, which was celebrated with religious fervour at Golden Temple from November 12 to November 14 and where lakhs of Sikh devotees took a holy dip in Golden Temple, Singh underlined that there was an urgent need to add a special programme based on Guru principles in the school curriculum to stop such immoral tendencies.

Singh also said that enemies of Sikh Panth were trying to dwarf the rich heritage of the Panth by creating doubts about Sikh history and by attempting to cause fissures in a calculated manner. He rued that new controversies were being generated about the basic aim of Gurmat and about Sikh Rehat Maryada.

Meanwhile, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) observed its foundation day. SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar was said to be taken ill and could not attend the celebrations.

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