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Author: Prof Devinder Singh Chahal, PhD

NRIs upset of SGPC chief Makkar's statement & pin-pointing-
PM no Sikh"


Montreal, Canada, April 23, 2009
Dr. Prof. D.S. Chahal

It is strange that SGPC chief , Avtar Singh Makkar, has said:

“Manomohan Singh is not a Sikh’’ and kept up the tirade as he addressed an election rally at Hoshiarpur’s Roshan ground in support of BJP candidate Som Prakash, added, “Any Sikh connected with the Congress can never be a true Sikh.

Giani Zail Singh, Buta Singh, Darbara Singh and now Amarinder Singh are all examples in front of you.’’ (

The irony is that SGPC, Amritsar has failed to give a concise and precise definition of a Sikh as the definition should be. What to speak of a ‘True Sikh’ there are many ill-defined definitions of a ‘Sikh’ being used by different institutions of Sikhi (Sikhism) - ( I wonder if any institution or individual has any authority to declare if anybody is a Sikh or not? However, any Sikh organization can define prerequisite to be a member of that organization.

It looks like that it is an inherited characteristics of the SGPC to disown the prominent Sikhs who have done tremendous work for the uplift of the humanity. It is Dr Manmohan Singh who has been following ‘Nanakian Philosophy’ (Service to the Humanity is the service to God) since he used his education for the welfare of humanity (Vidia vichari tan parupkaari - Guru Nanak). Therefore, Dr Manmohan is a Sikh – humble servant of humanity in the eyes of Guru Nanak.

First it was Shaheed Bhagat Singh who was disowned and then there were many to list here and now they have disowned Dr Manmohan Singh, as a Sikh, who has been acknowledged as man of integrity and of economic throughout the world, who has put the economy of India on such a strong footing that all Indians (including the Sikhs) can walk tall on the surface of the globe.

Let me quote some credentials of Dr Manmohan Singh:

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is widely regarded as the architect of the country's economic reform program. He is the first Sikh to hold the top post.
He is also viewed as perhaps the cleanest politician in India - in contrast, observers note, to several members of his cabinet tainted by corruption charges. A studious former academic and bureaucrat, he has kept a low profile as the leader of more than a billion Indians. (

One of the more non-political faces of Indian politics, Dr Manmohan Singh is best known as the "liberator" of Indian economy. As the Union Finance Minister in the Narasimha Rao government (1991-96), he liberalized the economy to put India on the path of globalization. He worked as the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission from 1985 to 1987 and as the Governor of the Reserve Bank for three years before that. He has also been the Central government's Advisor on Economic Affairs, besides taking international assignments at the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank.

He was first elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1991, and has represented the Congress there since. In 1999, he contested the Lok Sabha elections from South Delhi, but lost. He was the Leader of the Opposition in the Upper House until becoming the Prime Minister of India.

He has won several awards for his work and contribution to society, including the Padma Vibhushan in 1987, the Euromoney Finance Minister of the year award in 1993 and the Asiamoney Finance Minister of the year award in 1993 and 1994.

Singh was born in Gah in West Punjab (now in Pakistan) in September 1932, and studied economics in Chandigarh and later went to Cambridge & Oxford UK for higher studies. He later taught the subject at the Punjab University. He has authored a book on Indian export trends. (

All the Indians, especially the Sikhs, should be proud to have such a man of integrity who has set an example of CLEAN MAN in Indian politics.

Party spokesman Sukhpal Khaira said, “Sikhs supporting the Congress, and who are in large numbers, do not need a certificate from Makkar. In fact, it is most outrageous coming from such a highly placed person and he needs to apologize to the PM and the countrymen, including Sikhs, who take pride in Manmohan Singh leading the country.’’ ... Read More


Dr. Devinder Singh Chahal

We are neither going to heaven or hell or into reincarnation of any other lives after this life.
"Think about the future, look not on the past. Make the present life a great success because there is no birth again."

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