Rashtriya Sikh Sangat

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The Rashtriya Sikh Sangat is a cultural organization affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. It was formed on 24 November 1986 on the Prakash Purab of Guru Nanak Dev.

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The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is an organization that aims "to unite and rejuvenate the Bharat nation on the sound foundation of Hindu Dharma". Its definition of "Hindus" includes anyone born and belonging to India (see Hindutva).

Rashtriya Sikh Sangat was formed on 24 November 1986, on the day of Guru Nanak Gurpurab, the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. It describes itself as an independent socio-cultural organization which aims to promote Sikh-Hindu relations. It aims to "spread the knowledge of Gurbani to not only the Sikh masses of India, but also to the rest of Indian society". [1]

Sardar Shamsher Singh of Lucknow was the first national and international Coordinator and convener of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat. The next President was S. Chiranjiv Singh of Patiala, a dedicated social worker.

S. Rulda Singh, the president in 2009 was assassinated by Khalistani militants belonging to Babbar Khalsa International.[2][3]

Sardar Gurcharan Singh Gill of Bharatpur (Rajasthan) is the Current President of the organisation. He started his career as a labour leader and later become State President of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh. Presently, being a prominent lawyer, he also occupied the post of Additional Advocate General of Rajasthan. He is reported to fought for the cause of Sikhs and also provided legal aid to Sikhs.[4] The Shiromani Akali Dal assigned him as convener of Operation Blue Star legal aid committee for Rajasthan.

Conferences Held [1][edit]

First All India Conference

After formal launch of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat on 24 Nov.1986, Pratham Rashtriya Adhivation (1st National Conference) was organised at Nagpur on 17th March 1987, under the leadership of Late Jaimal Singh Lamba. About 250 activists are reported to participated from seven states.

In this congregation constitution of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat was adopted.


Second All India Conference

Dwitiya Rashtriya Adhivation (2nd National Conference) took place in 1988 at Hazur Sahib, Nanded. The Vetron Akali leader Jathedar Jivan Singh Umranangal was the chief guest. An important resolution was passed for expansion of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat globally in addition to India to spread the message of Guru Nanak’s mission of Sanjhiwalta."


3rd ALL INDIA CONFERENCE AT PATNA SAHIB ON1990

3rd Rashtriya Adhivation was held at Patna Sahib (Bihar). Takht Shri Harimandir Sahib Ji is situated in this city. Newly appointed Jathedar of the Takht Singh Sahib Giani Iqbal Singh Ji was the chief guest of the conference. In this meet importance of socio-religious and cultural relationship between the different segment of the society was discussed. Sikh identity was also an issue, in this connection Rashtriya Sikh Sangat stood for the NAYARI identity of the sikhs in the broader national interest.


4th ALL INDIA CONFERENCE AT DELHI ON 1992

4th National Conference of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat took place at Delhi in April, 1992. Chief organiser Sr. Harcharan Singh Balli made ellaborate arrangements for the delegates coming from different regions of the country. Former President of India Giani Jail Singh was the chief guest. Former Chief Justice of Haryana & Punjab High Court Justice R.S. Narula, BJP Leader Lal Krishan Advani, Sr. Ajit Singh Khurana-President Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Commettee, Shri K.S. Sudarshan of R.S.S.(at present Sarsanghchalak) and others participated in this conference. Decendent of Martyr Bhai Matidas Ji- Bhai Mahabir was also present. ‘Hindustan Samalasi Bola’ was accepted as the moto of this historic 5th national meet.


5th ALL INDIA CONFERENCE AT JAIPUR ON 1995

5th National meet was held at Jaipur Rajasthan in 1995. Main dignitaries were S. Ram Singh Ji- Gurudwara Raja Park, Baba Thakur Singh Ji of Sindhi Samaj, Shri Ajay Pal Singh Ji-Corporator. Former Chief Minister (Later- Vice President of India) Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat was Chief Guest. Bawa Balwant Singh Ji Bhalla of Ruderpur was the main speaker. "Sanjhiwalta and cultural unity" was the main theme of the meet.


6th ALL INDIA CONFERENCE AT DELHI ON 1998

6th National Conference took place at Delhi on 1998, was hosted by prominent Sikh personalities like Sardar S.S. Bajwa-Member Delhi Gurudwara Management Commette, S. Jaspal Singh Manchanda. S. Prahlad Singh Chandok-President world Sikh Council, Shri Sahib Singh Verma-Chief Minister of Delhi, Sant Baba Arvindanand Ji of USA, Sikh Scholar Bibi Mohinder Kaur Ji, Namdhari Baba Jagjeet Singh Ji Maharaj (S.G.) and Maharaj Vir Singh Ji. A Scholar of Sikh theology Dr. K.P. Aggarwal Ji was the main speaker. The blue print of the planned " Tri centenary celeberation of Khalsa Srijana Yatra" was prepared by the delegates under the able guidance of senior officials of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat and a resolution was passed in this connection. The year 1999 was the 300th year of Khalsa Srijana.


7th ALL INDIA CONFERENCE AT KANPUR ON 2002

7th National Conference was held on 12-14 October 2002 at Kanpur with active participation of Sr. Ansvir Singh Nider Ji, Sr. Gurvinder Singh Vicky, Prof. Kahan Singh Ji. Prof. Harpal Singh Pannu of Punjabi University Patiala was the main speaker of the meet. Sant Baba Sukhdev Singh ji of Goindwal Sahib presided over the convention. He participated with his Jatha of Singhs.


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