The decision of the mysterious Pardon by the Akal Takht to the Dera Sirsa Sadh Gurmit Ram Rahim caused a major controversy and outrage among the Sikh community worldwide.
A meeting of major Sikh organizations was held in Sri Amritsar Sahib on the issue where the Sikh groups unitedly opposed and rejected the decision by the Akal takht.
The meeting was called by Bhai Mohkam Singh of the Damdami Taksal and many Sikh group leaders attended including Sardar Simranjit Singh Mann.
The overall opinion was that the ruling party of Punjab influenced Sri Akal Takht Sahib to issue the Hukamnama.
The major decision of the day was the announcement of the Sarbatt Khalsa on Diwali. Sarbatt Khalsa is a massive meeting of GurSikhs where panthic decisions are made. The last Sarbatt Khalsa was held in 1986.
In a Survey conducted by Daily Sikh Updates on social networks, the survey result showed an astounding 99.5% of Sikhs want a Sarbatt Khalsa to remove all Jathedars.
Over 2,000 Sikhs on social networks worldwide responded to the survey and agreed a Sarbatt Khalsa is necessary. The recent decision of pardon by 5 Sikh Jathedars at the Akal Takht hurt worldwide Sikh sentiments. 3 people died after the Akal Takht issued a hukamnama against Gurmit Ram Rahim of Dera Sauda for his blasphemous act of trying to portray as the tenth Sikh Guru.
What is a Sarbatt Khalsa?
Sarbat Khalsa is the highest organ of the Khalsa Commonwealth representing its “integrated will,” which no Sikh commoner, sardar or prince could dare defy.
Sarbat Khalsa, meeting in the presence of the Guru Granth Sahib, is the supreme sovereign body, with deliberative and executive powers, including authority to direct the affairs of the community. The institution of Sarbat Khalsa grew out of the needs and compulsions of the turbulent eighteenth century when Sikhs, were driven away from their homes and were forced to find shelter in remote hills and forests in large or small batches. The able-bodied baptized Singhs among each group formed a fighting band, living off the land in defiance of the imperial might. It became customary for these bands of Sikhs to assemble yearly at Amritsar, especially on the occasions of Baisakhi and Diwali. These gatherings of warriors and noncombatants who were soon considered to represent the entire Panth came to be known as the Sarbat Khalsa.
In this general sense, Sarbat Khalsa denoted, as it still does, the entire body or the whole commonwealth of Sikhs in whose name ardas or the supplicatory prayer was offered individually or at public congregations.
The Sarbat Khalsa discussed and took decisions by common counsel upon matters of policy and upon matters requiring action. Reports on the activities of different jathas or groups were taken note of and strategies in respect of their continued resistance against Mughal and Afghani oppressors who sought their conversion to Islam, as well as their relationship with friendly powers such as the Jats and the Marathas. The earliest known meeting of the Sarbat Khalsa took place on the occasion of Divali in 1723 when a clash between Tat Khalsa and the Bandais (owing fealty to Banda Singh Bahadur) was averted and amicably settled through the intervention and wise counsel of Bhai Mani Singh.