Thursday, June 21, 2007

I Wonder What Spurred this Revised Apology

Could it be this, this, or this?? Deravad Ram Raheem knows that this issue isn't going away and that he's only digging himself a bigger hole. He could have resolved the situation in the beginning with a clear and unambiguous apology and repentance, but tried to use semantics and legerdemain to get out of the situation, only to have it redound against him.

Now he issues a revised apology, but it's too late. History shows that once the Panthic minded are roused from their sleep, they are very difficult to mollify.
Dera Sacha Sauda sends revised apology to Akal Takht
Punjab Newsline Network
Wednesday, 20 June 2007

CHANDIGARH: The dera Sacha Sauda of Sirsa on Wednesday submitted a revised apology to the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikhs for hurting Sikh sentiments.

The Sikh coummunity was enraged over action of dera chief Baba Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh who had on May 14 last appeared in public attired in dress alike of Guru Gobind Singh and tried to copy the baptising ceremony started by the tenth Sikh Guru.

The aplogy letter was reportedly delivered to SGPC Chief Avtar Singh Makkar by Delhi Sikh Gurdawara Management Committee(DSGMC) Paramjit Singh Sarna. Sarna said to have mediated between dera and Sikh community even though he had also joined hands with radical Sikhs demanding arrest of the dera chief. Sarna and Makkar met for over an hour at the official residence of SSP MOhali Ranbir Singh Khatra.

The apology sent today however is unlikely to be taken up by Sikh clergy during next two weeks since Akal Takhtr Jathedar Gianai Joginder Singh Vedanti has left for Canada and is expected to return only by end of June.

The dera Chief had earlier sought an apology from Guru Gobind Singh for his guilt but Sikh community had rejected the same. The contents of the apology were not yet made public but it is understood that dera chief has sought an apology from the Sikh community.

Akal Takht had already issued edict for social, political and religious boycott of the dera followers. The incidents of violence had led to tension in Punjab over the dera issue.

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