New Delhi – On 27th January, a teacher from a school in Delhi was suspended for performing Saraswati Puja on the occasion of Vasant Panchami. The teacher was employed by the Guru Harkishan Public School in Delhi to teach music. The school is controlled by the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee. The Committee opposed the event and issued a suspension order against the teacher.
A separate Committee was also formed by the management to investigate the matter. The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (DSGPC), Harmeet Singh Kalka said that this teacher had installed an Idol of Saraswati Devi for the Puja. The Headmistress issued a show cause notice to the teacher. The teacher replied that this practice has been going on for years. Thereafter she was suspended and an inquiry Committee was constituted to find if there is a political conspiracy behind this Puja. “If the Idol worship continues, we could be targeted by the opposition parties”, Harmeet Singh Kalka said.
Teacher, from school managed by Sikh Committee in Delhi, suspended for organizing Saraswati Puja, management says ‘no tradition of idol worship’https://t.co/iszcBWeJgl
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Harvinder Singh Sarna (Former President of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee) said, “There is no tradition of Idol worship in the educational institutions governed by the Committee. The school is attended by students of every religion. But the school is run with the money provided by the Sikh management. The amount received from the Sikh management should be spent on preaching the words of Sikhs and their Gurus. Many cases which challenge the Sikh dignity have come to the fore”. Sarna also alleged that the DSGPC has failed to follow the Sikh code of conduct.