SHUKRANA YATRA of HSGPC Starts
01 February, 2009
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THE SHUKRANA YATRA (thanks giving march) sponsored by the ad hoc Haryana Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (HSGPC) was started from Dabwali town of the district today around noon and has accorded a very warm welcome from all sections of society especially from the devout Sikhs from wherever it passed on its way to Gurudwara Chormar Sahib where it was to rest for the night today, said Jagdish Singh Jhinda the president of the HSGPC while talking to Sirsa News Editor at his home office. He said that the 35 day march after traversing thorough all the district of the state would culminate and conclude at the Gurudwara Nadha Sahib (Panchkula) on March 06. He said that the main aim of the ‘Yatra’ was to make the Sikhs aware about the glorious Sikh tenets and to ensure that they observe the Sikh ‘Maryada’in letter and spirit. He said that besides the Yatra would enthuse and exhort the Sikh youth who are showing wayward behaviour to abstain and refrain from the use of Drugs which was ruining their own future especially in this part of the state. Mr. Jhinda asserted that the Yatra would also educate the masses to abjure the Female foeticide and eliminate all social evils including Dowry system, bride burning and casteism etc., prevailing in the so-called modern society. He said that some relics including some horses the direct descendents of the horses belonging to the 10th Sikh guru Goind Singh Ji specially brought from Takht Hazoor Sahib, are also the nucleus of attraction of the masses during the Yatra. In reply to a question about some opposition of the ongoing Yatra from some quarters within the HSGPC, Jhinda reiterated that the decision of the Yatra was taken unanimously by the 11 member executive Committee of the HSGPC and that some of the detractors were also present in the meeting. Refuting the charge that he had deviated from the cardinal objective to achieve a separate Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee for managing the Haryana Sikh shrines etc., Jhinda claimed that all the decisions taken by the Haryana Sikh Sangat would be fully followed and implemented and that there was no question of abandoning the real goal of a separate Sikh body for Haryana.