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SGPC demands inclusion of its member in Film Censor Board

Press Trust of India  |  Sangrur (Punjab) 

Apex Sikh religious body Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee today demanded inclusion of its member in the Film Censor Board for scrutiny of scenes relating to the Sikh community in movies.

Such a step would prevent eruption of any controversy during screening of films containing scenes which had the potential to hurt sentiments of the Sikhs, SGPC chief Makkar said.

Makkar said he had written a letter to Prime Minister in this regard.

The SGPC head said he wrote the letter in the wake of Sunny Deol starrer Hindi movie Singh Sahab the Great courting controversy.

Though he himself was satisfied with scenes in the film related to the Sikhs, a section of the community had opposed these, he said.

"Since the Prime Minister is a Sikh, he can understand the sentiments of the community better," he told reporters in in Malerkotla town. ]

Makkar said the delay in the removal of the "scouting office" from gurudwara Gian Godri Sahib at Haridwar, built in memory of Guru Nanak Dev, showed "callousness" on part of the Uttarakhand government.

He said he had met the Uttarakhand Chief Minister a number of times in this connection.

First Published: Sun, November 24 2013. 20:55 IST