Hours after release, book on Harmandar Sahib banned

Hours after "A Spiritual Journey of Harmandar Sahib: The Golden Temple", a book in English, was jointly released by Akal Takht chief Giani Gurbachan Singh, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar and Darbar Sahib head priest Giani Mal Singh, it was banned till necessary changes were made in it.

The book, written by Sikh scholar and SGPC Secretary Roop Singh, was released around 12 noon. Hours later, a a press release by SGPC stated the book has been stopped from release for the time being in the wake of some "shortcomings".

Makkar claimed there was a "dire need" to incorporate more information about Sikh history in the book.

"It was also necessary to translate the book in Punjabi and only after making the necessary changes that the book will be made available to the readers," he added.

"What I have learnt is that the book has been prohibited from release because it contained some historical reference in brief and there is a demand that the reference should be a detailed one. I will add the detailed reference and the book will be also translated in Punjabi," Roop Singh said.

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