The Central Sri Guru Singh Sabha Guru Granth Sahib Bhavan Sector 28-A Chandigarh celebrated the 161st birth anniversary of eminent Sikh scholar Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha in the form of a solemn discussion. Starting the event welcome to all done by Giani Kewal Singh and General Secretary of Singh Sabha Khushal Singh.
Dr. Jagmail Singh Bhathuan said that Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha was a lexicographer, commentator, jurist, expositor, demlomantic, he was also a great poet and a great musician. Dr. Bhathuan also recited Bhai Nabha’s poems to the audience and presented two books edited by them.
Speaking about Mahan Kosh, Amarjit Singh Dhawan said that the English and Hindi translations of Mahan Kosh by Punjabi University had numerous errors, which was a gross disrespect to the work of Bhai Kanh Singh Ji. He gave details of the long battle fought by the university to get these editions banned. He said that although the High Court has banned the sale of the English-Hindi editions of the great dictionary full of errors, the university has not destroyed these editions till recently. The attendees at the event demanded that the copies of Mahan Kosh be destroyed immediately.
Sikh thinker and writer Rajwinder Singh Rahi said that Bhai Kanh Singh Nabha, by writing a classic book like “Hum Hindu Nahi”, has sealed the distinct identity and uniqueness of Sikhs forever. Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha also played a role in breaking the caste divide and eradicating untouchability. S. Gurtej Singh IAS said that Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha laid the foundation of missionary research.
President of Singh Sabha Prof. Sham Singh said that Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha was a product of the Singh Sabha movement. Whatever research work he did was according to the Singh Sabha school of thought. He said that the central Sri Guru Singh Sabha is celebrating 150 hundred years of the Singh Sabha movement from October, if there are any unpublished works of Bhai Sahib, that council will publish them.
Major Adarshpal Singh, great-grandson of Bhai Kanh Singh Nabha, said that he has kept the royal invitation letters and other materials sent to his great-grandfather. They demanded from the Punjab government that the erroneous translations of Mahan Kosh published by Punjabi University should be ordered to be destroyed immediately.
In this event, apart from others, former ambassador Pariprun Singh, Dr. Jaswant Singh. Dr. Kulwant Singh, Colonel Jagtar Singh Multani, Harsinder Singh, journalist Sarabjit Singh Dhaliwal, Pritam Singh Rupal, Hamir Singh and Malkit Singh Brar were present.