DAYAL SINGH COLLEGE CONTROVERSY
Why Harsimrat Badal is silent on the move to change the name?
- Bir Devinder Singh
Why Harsimrat Badal is silent on the move to change the name?



I appreciate the initiative of Mr. Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Manjit Singh GK leaders of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee to logically and forcefully oppose the move of the Management of Dayal Singh Evening College, Delhi to change its original name to a new name, as Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya. It’s more than a week now since this controversy erupted, but the silence of Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister on a very significant issue is baffling.   
 
I wonder, why Harsimrat, who is otherwise quite vocal on various issues, has not come forward boldly so far to stall the baleful move of the Management of Dayal Singh College, to  change its original name. The entire leadership of the DSGMC, the SGPC and other Sikh organizations are up in arms against the menacing move of the parochial mindset to demolish the name of the founder of the collage Sirdar Dayal Singh Majithia, a legendary philanthropist and educationist of ‘exalted eminence’, who made monumental contribution to promote the cause of education and quality learning.
 
It’s strikingly remarkable that the similar move in Pakistan was opposed and successfully stalled by eminent scholars, writers, teachers and the students, when the government of Pakistan tried to do away with the name of Sirdar Dayal Sing Majithia from the college and the library Dayal Singh Majithia established at Lahore in Pakistan.
 
Harsimrat Kaur Badal should not be seen wanting in this case, she should rather lead a delegation of Punjab MPs, MLAs, DSGMC and SGPC members and discuss the matter with  Parkash Javedkar  the Minister for HRD to seek his effective intervention in the matter. The Ministry of HRD could immediately send an advisory to the Vice Chancellor of Delhi University not to accept the proposal of the management Committee of Dayal Singh Evening College Delhi to Change its name in deference to the sentiments of the entire Sikh Community, a significant minority of the country.
 
Author is a Former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha.
 

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