Sikh history to be rewritten: SGPC chief

Patiala: In view of doubts raised by some scholars, the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Monday said the entire Sikh history would be reviewed and rewritten.

A history department would be established at the Sikh University at Fatehgrah Sahib for the task, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar told a new conference here.

Some writers and scholars were raising controversies and spreading negative publicity about the Sikh history, he said.

To put to rest such doubts, the SGPC, the apex religious body, would set up a department for reviewing and rewriting the history penned by Sikh and English scholars, Makkar said.

On the "siropa" (robe of honour) presented to former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh during his visit to the Golden Temple yesterday, Makkar said he had sought a report in this regard from the SGPC Secretary.

He said the SGPC member who had offered the siropa was a close associate of Harminder Singh Gill, former AISSF General Secretary and at present Secretary of the Punjab Congress.