Chandigarh: Major recognized Sikh bodies like National Gatka Association of India (NGAI), Gatka Association Punjab (GAP) and International Sikh Marshal Art Academy (ISMA) on Monday appreciated the edict issued by Singh Sahib Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib Giani Gurbachan Singh who ordered to put an end to flaunting stunts during demonstration of Sikh martial art ‘Gatka’.
The associations, in its joint statement, has asked all the ‘Akharas’ and Gatka organizations in and around the world to follow the order issued by Sri Akal Takht Sahib in letter and spirit during organizing the traditional events.
National Gatka Association President Harjeet Grewal State Awardee and Finance Secretary Baljeet Singh Saini, President Gatka Association Punjab Avtar Singh Gatka Coach at Punjabi University, Secretary of International Sikh Marshal Art Academy (ISMAA) Uday Singh Sirhind and Joint Secretary Gurmeet Singh said these organizations were always dead against the unnecessary flaunting of stunts or ‘bazigiri’ during Gatka and had been raising its voice against the distortion of the basic style of this ancient art at every platform for the decade.
Gatka promoters Mr Grewal and Avtar Singh said some Gatka Akharas had been showcasing senseless deadly stunts during the exhibition of Sikh traditional sport but in actual such stunts has nothing to do with the historic art. “Such kind of futility lead to a loss of life to many children while performing this sport. This kind of insanity in televisions and stage shows built negativity in minds of common people who started disliking this traditional game due to the anti-Gatka and fatal stunts in this game and people started keeping their children away from it”, added Grewal.
Thanking the Jathedar of Akal Takht for this bold decision, they said the National Gatka Association of India (NGAI), Gatka Association Punjab (GAP) and ISMAA are determined to revive and promote this great game like any other Indian sport and get this game recognized at national level and to make it a sport of everybody’s choice. They stated that due to the hard work and dedication of NAGI, GAP and ISMAA that this game has now become an approved game and is famous in the country and it also attracted huge audience abroad.
They said the Gatka itself is a complete art of self-defence and every child in all the families must adopt this game to remain fit and to keep the children away from the social evils and the slow poison of drugs.