Beadbi of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj, the very notion of which should be non-existent, very sadly continues to be in Panthic headlines. On 1 December 2014, the latest incident in a list of tragic attacks committed upon Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji took place at village Jodhpur in the Taran Taaran district of Punjab, a plot believed to have been organised and conducted by followers of the Noormehal-based cult, ‘Divya Jyoti Jagarti Sansthan’. This occurred in the same locality where only a few weeks earlier unarmed peacefully protesting Sikhs were fired upon during a clash with the followers of the “freezer Guru” Ashutosh, whose dead body has been kept in a freezer since 29 January 2014.
The atrocious attack on Guru Sahib Ji has understandably caused outrage and unbearable pain amongst Sikhs worldwide. Panthic Parcharak Baba Ranjit Singh Khalsa Dhadrianwale who strenuously condemned this recent burning of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji as a despicable act of murder and a challenge to the Sikh nation by vile miscreants, has said that whilst the suspects of the attack will enjoy protection from the authorities, Sikhs are left in a position with no strong leadership who has access to the nations resources and power to move forward towards a long-term solution to such issues. Sikhs in the diaspora who feel Panthic pain perhaps believe there is little they can do in the short-term to influence events in Punjab, whilst the majority of Punjabi’s in towns and villages remain oblivious to such tragic incidents.