BADALS' PTC NETWORK ARM-TWISTING SGPC
It is blasphemy, No one can claim exclusive right to Shabad and Gurbani from Darbar Sahib
- Bir Devinder Singh*
It is blasphemy, No one can claim exclusive right to Shabad and Gurbani from Darbar Sahib



It’s appalling that PTC Network has got blocked the Morning Hukamnama pronounced from the sanctum sanctorum of Darbar Sahib Amritsar early in the morning every day, on some Facebook Pages, including the audio of the Hukamnama that was being sourced from SGPC website, claiming exclusive rights backed by an agreement signed with the SGPC.

Since the Shabad is the fundamental source of spiritual inspiration for the Sikh consciousness and also the total construct of the Sikh being, therefore even the SGPC can’t have any exclusive rights on audio of Gurbani emanating from Darbar Sahib that disseminates spiritual vibrations for the entire mankind. 
 
Since the shrine, ‘The Darbar Sahib’, belongs to all the believers of the Sikh faith therefore the message of Sri Guru Granth Sahib cannot be monopolized by any corporate House under any agreement, whatsoever.
 
How could PTC dictate terms on audio content being made available by SGPC to the entire Sikh Sangat on its website? The SGPC must make public for the common knowledge of the Sikh Sangat, all the terms and salient features of the misleading and highly deceptive agreement which has been signed with PTC Network. 
 
It is a grave act of blasphemy and a brutal contempt committed by the SGPC against the basic postulates of the Sikh faith. I wonder, who allowed SGPC, such a surrender of the fundamental values of the Sikh faith to a private company or a corporate house?

How could SGPC give exclusive rights on the ‘Shabad’ being sung at Darbar Sahib to a corporate house, just because the ‘Badal family’ has overwhelming stakes in the company?  Tangible steps must be taken immediately to rescind such a profane agreement.

It’s reprehensible that Sukhbir Singh Badal during ‘Badal dispensation’ in Punjab sold almost all the vital property assets of the state of Punjab and now from this case it’s obvious that they have even sold broadcasting rights of Shabad Gurbani from Darbar Sahib, for their vested commercial interests to a TV channel owned by them.

Intriguingly the state Congress just made it an issue before the assembly polls in 2017 and subsequently passed a specific resolution in the Punjab Assembly for ending exclusive rights of PTC on telecasting Gurbani from Darbar Sahib.  But most unfortunately not a ripple moved, as sequel to the specific resolution in the Punjab assembly.
 
The deliberate silence of Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh over the issue; substantiate and authentically validates once again the deeper corroborating understanding between Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and the Badal family. It is quite obvious now that they have common commercial interests and unashamedly complement each other’s attempts to grab wealth by all fair and foul means. The Pradesh Congress must come clean on such a sensitive issue.

The jathedars of the Sikh Takhtas, particularly Sri Akal Takhat must take immediate cognizance of such a serious matter and decide the matter once for all whether any corporate House could monopolize the telecast of Gurbani from the sanctum sanctorum of Darbar Sahib by having the exclusive rights over it?

 
 

(*The author is a former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, and a politician celebrated for his grasp on legislative affairs.)

 

 


 
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