Getting trade mark of Sikh martial art, Gatka reflects capturing of Sikh heritage: Grewal

Getting trade mark of Sikh martial art, Gatka reflects capturing of Sikh heritage: Grewal

No relation with ‘World Gatka League’ by private firm: National Gatka Association, World Gatka Federation

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The National Gatka Association of India (Regd) and World Gatka Federation (Regd) have strongly condemned the move by a private proprietor limited firm for getting registration of patent of trade mark of Sikh martial art and Gatka and said Gatka is an ancient traditional art inherited from Sikh Gurus and nobody has any right to get it patented.

In a statement issued, President of National Gatka Association Harjeet Singh Grewal, Secretary Tejinder Singh Gill and Secretary of World Gatka Federation Baljeet Singh informed that a private firm registered under the Indian companies act has got patented two names – Gatka and Sikh martial art under trade mark act. Describing this act as a mockery of Sikh martial art and Gatka, this nefarious motive of Delhi based firm has challenged the entire Sikh community and its respected traditions.

Sternly warning this private firm both the apex Gatka organizations said the purpose of owning trade mark of Gatka and Sikh martial art would be seen as capturing Sikh heritage, its martial art which would not be tolerated at any cost.

Grewal said this private firm should initiate the process to cancel both the trade marks patented forthwith and tender apologize from the Sikh qaum otherwise legal action would be initiated against this firm for its blatant affront to Sikh heritage.

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