Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Is a failure of Sikh leader to lead really a failure of Sikhism? Where have compassionate, peace loving and strong Sikh leaders gone?

After the recent incident at the Darbar Sahib between SGPC and Akalis, I have been kind of surprised and delighted at the response of various Sikh organizations and general Sikh community all over the World. I could be wrong, but it seems like the message is very clear to various Sikh leaders of political parties in Punjab such as different Akali Dals, Congress, BJP, Communist etc. as well as religious leaders such as SGPC, DSGPC, Jathedars etc. is that they need to get their act together and stop bringing embarrassment to the World Sikh community as a whole. Osama Bin Laden is a good example of how works and actions of few can bring a negative generalization for the whole religion and the community. Sikh community seems to be fed up with the lack of ability of Sikh leadership to sit together and resolve issues, lead Sikh panth, work towards making lives better for Sikhs and non-Sikhs all over the World. They can do all the fighting they want in their homes, offices, villages etc. if they really need to but when it comes to sacred historic Sikh shrines and they are present in front of Guru Granth Sahib, their rudeness, fighting, clashing behavior can not be tolerated. It looks like that some Sikhs believe that democracy and openness taught by Guru Granth Sahib means they can fight in the presence of Guru.

Sikhs leadership could use their energies and monies to open new Khalsa schools, better manage existing colleges, provide money to Sikh doctors, researchers, scientists, open colleges for higher learning, money for Sikh libraries, money for filmmaking and documentaries on Sikhism, charities, helping poor families in Punjab, helping widows, reducing aids and drug use. I mean the resources for funds and possibilities for helping are endless. Only thing lacking in leaders is compassion, strong will, knowledge and Chardi Kala attitude that our Gurus ask for us to have in everyday of our lives. Why don't Sikhs have the right to vote for Jathedars of all Takhats? It should not be left for useless leaders like Badal or some other political party leader to decide who should be Jathedar.

I also liked the idea of new non-profit Sikh organizations being established all over the world to help humanity. United Sikhs, SALDEF, SEVA CENTRAL come to mind. There will more and more organizations like these and they will definitely take away power from the Sikh leadership if it does not change its fighting ways and listen to the panthic calls for change on issues affecting Sikhs all over the World and not just in Punjab or India. The leaders need to keep the big global picture in mind for everything affecting Sikhs.


Blogger Sikhi Seeker said...

I thought it was just a personal perception that people all around seem to be more aware and critical of the lame political actions in Sikh community occuring in Punjab. But if it is truly universal, then who knows, it might as well be the waking hour for all of us?

1:39 PM, July 15, 2006  
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