A booklet was also released by PM Narendra Modi on the occasion of the inauguration of the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in Varanasi. Published in the title ‘Glorious History of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Dham’, information about the religious history of Varanasi is given in this booklet. The Shiromani Gurdwara Management Committee has objected to this and demanded a ban on the booklet. In a statement issued by the Sikh organization, Media Secretary Kulwinder Singh Ramdas said that this booklet was released in Varanasi and was distributed in large numbers by the UP government as prasad.
The organization alleged that Sikh history has been misrepresented in this booklet. According to the report of Indian Express, Kulwinder Singh Ramdas said that wrong information has been given in this linking Sikhism with Kashi. He said, ‘The booklet states that before establishing the Khalsa Panth along with Panj Pyare, Guru Gobind Singh had sent him to Kashi. He had said that he should go to Kashi and get complete information about Sanatan Dharma, which he has to protect. The booklet also states that the Sikh Panth was established to save Sanatan Dharma from the tyranny of the Mughals. Both these things are beyond facts. It has been written in the spirit of creating confusion and out of ignorance.’
He said, “The Khalsa Panth was established to counter religious values and oppression. It was established to fight against injustice and tyranny. Its purpose was not to protect Sanatan Dharma. Apart from this, the 5 Sikhs who were sent to Kashi were different from the Panj Pyaras. Ramdas said, ‘This wrong information has been given. The reality of the relationship of Sikhs with Kashi is that when Pandit Raghunath refused to teach Sanskrit to some Sikhs of Shudra caste in Paonta Sahib, then Guru Gobind Singh sent 5 Sikhs of different castes to Kashi. Its purpose was to learn Sanskrit. Its purpose was not to acquire the knowledge of Sanatan Dharma. Those 5 Sikhs had nothing to do with the Panj Pyaras.