The Multifarious Faces of Sikhism
throughout Sikh History
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Randhir Singh da Jatha/Akhand Kirtani Jatha
The Bhai Randhir Singh da Jatha experienced
a split in their ranks when the late Baba
Thakur Singh of 'Baba Kartar Singh
Samparda', and Baba Ram Singh,
'Jathedar' of the Akhand Kirtani Jatha had joined
forces. This new group was termed the 'Akhand
Kirtani Jatha Prabandhki Panchayan'
and was headed by the late Joginder
Joginder Singh Talwara
The late head of the Akhand Kirtani Jatha Prabandhki
Late January 2005 saw the Bhai
Randhir Singh da Jatha splitting for yet another
time (see here).
Baba Baldev Singh replaced
Baba Ram Singh as Jathedar, but the opposing
faction had earlier sacked Baba Baldev Singh
as Deputy Jathedar for 'anti-Jatha' activities.
Baba Baldev Singh has been recognised as the
current Jathedar of the Akhand Kirtani Jatha
by the S.G.P.C. and the Akal Takht in a ceremony
that witnessed him receiving a 'Siropa'
(robe of honour).
In conclusion, it can be said that the A.K.J.
can be considered as being modern Sikh fundamentalists
who, in their own way, are doing their best
to promote their own particular brand of Sikhism
– a brand which they consider to be the
only true form that should be allowed to be
propagated. Many A.K.J. Sikhs today, even though
they may object to the term ‘fanatic’,
can be considered as Sikh religious fanatics.
Prime examples from their ranks have already
been mentioned above, such as Talwinder
Singh Parmar and Fauja Singh
that illustrate their fanatical attitude.
Sukhdev Singh 'Babbar'
Inspired hy Fauja Singh, and later killed in
August 1992 (right),
Sukhdev Singh 'Babbar' was the highly revered
head of the Babbar Khalsa