SACRILEGE
Akali Dal demands apology from Amarinder Govt for depicting tenth Sikh Guru in Napoleon’s attire
- PT Bureau
Akali Dal demands apology from Amarinder Govt for depicting tenth Sikh Guru in Napoleon’s attire



CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 24: Terming it an instance of sacrilege most serious (Bajjar Gunah), the Shiromani Akali Dal has demanded an unconditional apology from the Punjab Government for morphing a painting of Napoleon Bonaparte and superimposing a depiction of tenth Sikh guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji, in the official advertisement about 350th birth anniversary celebrations of the Guru.

In a statement issued by the head office of the Akali Dal, SAD spokesperson and former minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said the government advertisement has depicted Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji astride the horse of Napoleon. "The original painting is from around circa 1800, nearly a hundred years after Guru Sahib’s time,” Dr Cheema said.

It is surprising that the Punjab Government chose to forge a painting instead of using any of the paintings of the Sikh guru that were already available, he added.
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Incidentally, an earlier instance of a self-styled dera baba donning an attire similar to the tenth Sikh Master had led to a massive imbroglio and a permanent rift between the Sikh panth and the Sirsa sect. 
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Earlier, Punjab Today had reported how the official advertisement had depicted the tenth Sikh Guru as wearing the cloak of Napoleon and riding the horse of Napoleon. The depiction was actually taken from a painting "Napoleon Crossing The Alps”. 

The SAD statement said the painting of Napoleon was too well known and all the elements depicted in the advertisement as connected with Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji have actually been taken from the painting. 

The forehead of the horse, the withers, the fetlock, the forelock, the hocks and the muzzle, the hoof and the rest of the equine's body shape, including its mane, match exactly as depicted in the painting, Dr Cheema said.

"Even Napoleon’s cloak has been shown as worn by Guru Gobind Singh,” he said, adding that the Punjab Government must immediately tender an apology and take action against all those responsible for designing this advertisement and clearing it. The company responsible for the advertisement should also be booked under the law. Besides, the advertisement must be withdrawn.
 

Incidentally, an earlier instance of a self-styled dera baba donning an attire similar to the tenth Sikh Master had led to a massive imbroglio and a permanent rift between the Sikh panth and the Sirsa sect. 

The Akal Takht jathedar and other Sikh clergy members have yet to react to the latest instance of sacrilege.

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