Amarinder Govt Galloping Towards More Trouble
DSGMC to lodge FIR on Napoleon painting issue
- PT Bureau
DSGMC to lodge FIR on Napoleon painting issue



CHANDIGARH, December 28: Punjab's Amarinder Singh government has more trouble coming its way as the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjit Singh GK has said he now plans to lodge an FIR against the state government and also take up with the Akal Takht the issue of morphing of the tenth Sikh Guru's depiction on a painting of Napoleon.

"No Sikh can tolerate the state government's action of publishing an advertisement that showed Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji attired in the cloak of Napoleon and astride Napoleon's horse. The sarkari advertisement was clearly made by fooling around with the photograph of Napoleon's painting and morphing the image of the Guru on it,” Manjit Singh GK told Punjab Today.

He said he will also be writing to the Akal Takht jathedar to take up the matter since the sensitivities and sentiments of not just the Sikhs but also of people worldwide, who look towards the Sarbansdani Guru for inspiration, are involved.

Earlier, while the Punjab Government ridiculed the reports that pointed out the low level thievery involved in creating the morphed sketch of Guru Gobind Singh, and also slammed the Akali Dal for demanding a withdrawal of the impugned advertisements and an apology, the Haryana Government has ordered an inquiry into such depiction of the founder of the Khalsa panth.
 

Leading scholars and men of letters have castigated the Amarinder Singh government for this faux pas though some said it was less an issue of sacrilege and more a case of utter stupidity and carelessness that often marks the official approach towards sensitive matters.
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Manjit Singh GK said he will also take up the issue with the Akal Takht jathedar since sentiments of not just the Sikhs but also of people worldwide who look towards the Sarbansdani Guru for inspiration are involved.
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An official spokesperson of the Punjab government had said that the government had used an already existing image "sourced from a Sikhism website, which was in public domain. It had neither been created nor modified by the Government in any manner.” 

Scholars have raised the issue as to why was the tenth Sikh Master shown wearing the same cloak as of Napoleon in the 1802 painting by a lackey artist. The Amarinder Singh government is yet to explain why every single hair, every lock of sable, every twist of the mane, every feature of the body of the horse,  from its eyes to its limbs to even the rock underneath the horse's feet was the same as painted by someone nearly a 100 years after the Guru left this world.
 

An expert with years of teaching in a leading college of fine arts said it should not be difficult for anyone to understand that it is difficult for the winds sweeping the vast plains of Austria 200 years ago to play with the mane and the cloak exactly as these did a hundred years before that somewhere in Punjab.

Many have questioned the silence of the SGPC on the issue, particularly since it was the SGPC itself that had shot off a communiqué to Punjab Police chief Suresh Arora in March this year to take action against those morphing pictures of Sikh gurus on social media.
 

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