Vedanti May Have Been Ahead of His Time
Though some may call it a cliche, it is true that Joginder Singh Vedanti was ahead of his time and probably understood the challenges to the Sikh community better than many others.
Take the Dera Sacha Sauda case for instance.
The Dera chief, now convicted for rape and murder, was also accused of sacrilege for dressing up as Guru Gobind Singh.
The backlash to the pardon was so strong that the Akal Takht had to withdraw the pardon it had granted. But the damage to the institution had already been done.
The sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari allegedly by Dera followers and the subsequent firing killing two people protesting the sacrilege at Behbal Kalan further angered the Sikh community. The wounds of those incidents still remain unaddressed, with many of the guilty still roaming free.
In November 2015, Sikh activists held Sarbat Khalsa – congregation of the Sikh community – and one of the main points leading to it was the Akal Takht’s…