Relic story takes new twist, SGPC wants it

RelicSince Punjab Heritage News broke the story of the relic being sold at Sotheby's, there has been a major reaction to the news. We bring you the next twist in this saga as the SGPC decides to take the matter in their own hands. The following is how the reporting of this story is taking shape in the press. As our editorial stated today "what is really going under the hammer"?



SGPC ready to pay any price for Guru’s relic  Source Tribune News Service

The SGPC has decided to pay any price for the rare relic of Guru Gobind Singh to be auctioned by UK-based Sotheby's after ascertaining its authenticity.

The SGPC has decided to pay any price for the rare relic of Guru Gobind Singh to be auctioned by UK-based Sotheby's after ascertaining its authenticity.

In a resolution adopted here today, the committee members have authorised Avtar Singh, president, SGPC, to take up the matter in this regard with the Prime Minister for urging the UK government for stopping the auction. The resolution further said the Prime Minister should immediately take up the matter with his counterpart in this regard.

SGPC appeals to PM to halt Sotheby's auction of Guru's armour     Source UNI

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) today passed a resolution seeking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention to halt the proposed auction of a piece of body armour of tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh by the Sotheby's in London.

The resolution also urged the PM to make diplomatic efforts to get back the inscribed steel armour plate, set to be auctioned in Sotheby's Arts of the Islamic World Sale, on April 9 as also the Guru's plume which is in the British museum.

These relics should be ''restored to the Sikh community'' as these were part of its sacred heritage, the resolution said.

The Government should also make efforts to bring back the 'Kohinoor diamond' and the 'peacock throne' which were taken away from Maharaja Duleep Singh by the Britishers after the annexation of Punjab, the resolution said.

SGPC urges Manmohan Singh to intervene into Gobind Singh's relics' auction in UK  Source ANI

Reiterating its demand to scrap the 'black list' of Sikhs living aboard, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) has appealed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene into the auction of the Guru Gobind Singh's rare piece of body armour in the UK.

On April 9, Sotheby's plans to auction off historic body armour, which may have belonged to the tenth Sikh Guru.SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar has urged every Indian to stand against the proposed auction of relics of the Guru Gobind Singh.The auction of Guru's relic should be stopped unless it is verified whether it belonged to him, said Makkar, adding, "If it is proved that the body armour belonged to Guru, then Sikhs would do every thing to bring it back."

SGPC's general secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur said the after the news came into being, the organisation was constantly in touch with the religious bodies in the UK and prominent Sikh personalities to stop auctioning.

The UK Government, however, does not want to answer how Sotheby's got the suit of armour.

"I think that is really an area that is an issue for people in India. I don't think I should be commenting on this," Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission Creon Butler had said.

The Prakash Singh Badal Government is into the matter seriously.

"The first and the foret thing is that authenticity must be established and this thing should be clear that it belongs to Guru Govind Singh. Once the authenticity is established then government is going to have it in whatever way possible," said the Political Adviser to Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, D S Cheema.


SGPC slams auction of Guru's relic  Source Times of India

As expected, the proposed auction of a rare piece of body armour that experts believe belonged to Guru Gobind Singh in Sotheby's Arts of the Islamic World Sale has triggered condemnation from the Sikh community.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the highest temporal body of Sikhs, has urged the countrymen to oppose the auction of the relic of "the Guru who had stood like a rock in the face of attack by foreign invaders".

It has also exhorted the Sikh Diaspora to purchase the relic "since it carries the name of Guru Gobind Singh" and has asked the prime minister to intervene and stop the auction as it would amount to the violation of maryada .

Talking to TOI on Saturday, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said the auction should be stopped and its authenticity ascertained. "If it is proved that the armour belonged to the Guru, Sikhs would do everything in their power to bring it back and install it at the central Sikh museum," he said.

Adopting a more rigid stance, former SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar stated that "the body armour being auctioned at the Sotheby's is not the real one, but a fake. The original body armour of Guru Gobind Singh is in the treasury of Patiala House."

Nevertheless, he does not want to take chances and is determined that all efforts be made to keep the relic within the community.

"I have conveyed to Makkar that either the SGPC purchase the body armour or let the Sikh organizations in UK make the highest bid for it."

SGPC general secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur revealed that they were in constant touch with the religious bodies in UK and with prominent Sikh personalities so as to prevent the relic from going under the hammer on April 9.


Punjab Heritage News Editorial: " What is really going under the Hammer"?


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