The Hush Post: Anticipating backlash regarding the controversy involving former president Charanjit Singh Chadha, the Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) has postponed World Sikh Educational Conference which was to take place in Canada. The event is now likely to be held at Sri Anandpur Sahib.
CKD’s honorary secretary for education Jaswinder Singh Dhillon said, “When such an incident happens, people are very critical and we didn’t want that there should be any disgrace or anything which may further aggravate this issue. It could create any further problems for CKD.”
The philanthropist organisation of Sikhs had earlier decided to hold such conferences at Canada and one more in Norway in 2018 and 2020.
Sunit Singh Tuli, the Toronto-based founder of Datawind was supposed to organise the conference in Canada and the president of Norway-based Gurdwara Singh Sabha Baljinder Singh and other European Sikh leaders were to hold the Norway conference.
The conferences were basically to bring strength to the education of Sikhs and Sikh tenets.
Sources said that as many as 60 CKD members had deposited advance money to attend the proposed conference.
Pertinent to mention here is the fact that on December 26, 2017, a video of Chadha with a women principle of a school run by the CKD had gone viral. The police not only lodged a case against Chadha and others but Sikh’s supreme temporal seat Akal Takht decided to keep an eye on Chadha’s character for two years. The Sikh clerics had imposed a ban on Chadha from addressing any religious, social, political or academic functions.
“After that incident, we had held a meeting and decided to not hold the conference in Canada and also returned the advance deposits of Rs 20,000 each,” said Dhillon.
Dhillon said there was consensus among members to hold 2018 Conference at Sri Anandpur Sahib and not in Canada. About the conference in Canada they were yet to decide about its fate.