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    Sikhs angered in India

    SIKHS are up in arms against the Uttar Pradesh Government, because of an order by Chief Minister Rajnath Singh banning the entry of Sikhs with kirpans into the temple town of Ayodhya and a controversial book, which they say hurts their religious feelings.

    The UP Sikh Pratinidhi Mandal has threatened a statewide agitation. Rajendra Singh Bagga, president of the Lucknow Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, said the kirpan was adopted by Sikh gurus to save the Hindu religion from invaders, and it is mandatory that every Sikh carry it on his person.

    The Sikhs are also demanding that a book Sukanya, written by Shobha Misra, be banned as they say it has deeply hurt the religious feelings of Sikhs. In the book, Misra writes that Guru Nanak was a Muslim, that his real name was Mohammad Abdul Majid and that he was a disciple of Baba Farid.

    Bagga said the author has also given the name Guru Nanak Dev as Guru Nanak Singh, whereas the Singh title was adopted by the Tenth Sikh Guru, Govind Singh, to infuse a martial spirit into the community.
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