The Multifarious Faces of Sikhism
throughout Sikh History
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Kartar Singh Samparda/Chowk Mehta Samparda cont'd
Another fascinating rule that exists within
this institution is that prevent/suppress sexual
thoughts and feelings of uncontrolled lust,
2 men are not allowed to share a beadstead or
blanket. This rule was introduced by Baba Thakur
Singh and seems to have given credence to strong
rumours of serious paedophilia
and homosexuality problems
within the Chowk Mehta Samparda. Why else should
such a rule be introduced if not to prevent
incidents that have taken place?
It has to be noted that the indicents of paedophilia
is not uncommon in Punjab and amongst Sikh instutitions,
including Nihang Singhs. In 1998, Nihang Niddar
Singh himself came across one murder case involving
a paedophile amongst the Nihangs of Bhai Bidhi
Chand Dal. Akali Nihangs even have a traditional
anecdote) that explaims how homosexuality crept
Baba Thakur Singh
The late 'acting Jathedar' of the Baba Kartar
With his death, Baba Thakur Singh has been
labelled as the '14th Jathedar of the
Dam Dami Taksal'. Late 2004 saw the
'Baba Kartar Singh Samparda' experience yet
another split. One faction lead by Baba
Harnam Singh Dhumma, a US citizen,
and the other by Baba Ram Singh,
the nephew of Baba Kartar Singh. Harnam Singh
had fled Punjab during the early 1990s when
Sikh militancy in Punjab was at its peak, but
appears to have returned to claim his seat as
Jathedar of the 'Dam Dami Taksal'. Earlier in
2003, Bhai Ram Singh had been appointed as the
'15th Jathedar of Dam Dami Taksal' (see
According to various new reports (see here),
the split has occurred due to many reasons,
but the main point of dispute is regarding the
stance of whether or not Jarnail Singh Bhindrawaley
was killed during operation
Bluestar in 1984. Ram Singh, like the S.G.P.C.
and members of Jarnail Singh's family, believes
that Jarnail Singh was indeed killed in 1984.
However, Harnam Singh wishes to continue to
propagate the myth that Jarnail Singh will return
and lead the Sikh faith to glory.
Baba Ram Singh
One of two candidates fighting to be recognised
as the next
'Jathedar' of the Baba Kartar Singh Samparda
during his 'Dastar Bandi' ceremony
Another factor that appears to influence decisions
within the 'Baba Kartar Singh Samparda' is the
rivalry between the 'Majha' and 'Malwa' region
of Punjab (see http://www.onlypunjab.com/latest/fullstory-newsID-4899.html).
This age-old rivalry also influenced the battle
between Baba Mohan Singh (from Malwa) and Baba
Kartar Singh (from Majha).
Events of early 2005 have seen 'Dastar Bandi'
(inauguration ceremonies) of both Baba Ram Singh
and Baba Harnam Singh amongst their groups,
both claiming to be the rightful 'Jathedar'
of 'Dam Dami Taksal'. It appears that
Baba Ram Singh has the support of the S.G.P.C.,
while those opposed to the S.G.P.C. have sided
with Baba Harnam Singh.
Baba Harnam Singh Dhumma
Baba Harnam Singh (second left) at his 'Dastar
Bandi' ceremony, flanked
by Ranjit Singh (left), the once head of the
Akal Takht and various other prominant Sikh