Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Panjabi-Sikh Youth Bodies Meeting

United We Stand!

Sarabha Panjab News

03 July 2007

In a meeting between Panjabi-Sikh youth representatives from various Jathabandhis, Panjabi vigilantes and Religious respect movements, a message of solidarity was portrayed.

Over the last few weeks the Midlands Panjabi-Sikh community have seen evidence of grooming & brainwashing, protests against extremism and the disrespect of the ‘Gurdwara code of conduct’.

Youth groups recognised the need to unite against elements that affect the Chardikala of the Panjabi-Sikh community and the Khalsa Panth.

Police and Media Ignorance

Following the Anti-extremism rally on 9th June where 200 Panjabi-Sikh youth protested against extremism in the UK (please refer to
http://sarabhapanjab.blogspot.com/2007/06/panjabi-sikh-youth-anti-extremism-rally.html), and the follow-up meeting with Police chiefs (http://sarabhapanjab.blogspot.com/2007/06/press-release.html
), a statement from the Police stated, “there is no evidence of forced conversions”.

This statement is ridiculous because the term ‘forced conversion’ (gun to the head type of conversion) was never raised by any Sikh body (only mentioned by Hindu forum of Britain), nor was it mentioned during Rally. The placards during the rally stated “Sikhs will not tolerate extremist behaviour” and “Sikhs against FALSE conversions”. Cleary the police are clueless when it comes to the issues of:

Grooming & Brainwashing
Racially motivated sexual exploitation
Extremist preaching in schools, colleges and Universities

Then they wonder why we have a growing problem with homegrown extremism in the UK.

The same goes for the culturally insensitive BBC-Asian network. Again, failing to recognise, or perhaps conveniently choosing not to recognise the concerns of the Sikh youth.
Ironically the idiots from BBC-Asian network were present at the Rally and had interviewed the protestors and had obtained a copy of the handout. Yet they reported it as a rally against ‘Gun-to-the-Head’ type forced conversions.

Return to Vigilantism?

Believing that the Police are choosing not to take action against extremist preaching and extremist gangs, Panjabi-Sikh youth are calling for a return to vigilantism of the past.

Kaka Gill from the Panjabi Youth movement, “If the police won’t monitor extremist preachers in schools, colleges and universities, then we will”

“If they think its ok for guys in the 30’s to stand outside schools and colleges trying to entice girls with drugs and fancy cars then its up to us to protect our community.”

“There are no laws against grooming, brainwashing, racially motivated sexual exploitation and deception (i.e. wearing a Kara for dishonest means). Does that mean the Panjabi-Sikh community should resign to suffering in silence?”

Non-Sikh Marriages in Gurdwara Sahibs

For the protection of Sikh ethics, the Respectful conduct of Guru Granth Sahib Ji and the preservation of the Khalsa Panth in the UK, the issue of Non-Sikh marriages in Gurdwara Sahibs was addressed.

The youth bodies and vigilante groups unanimously agreed that Non-Sikhs by birth should only be allowed to marry in a Gurdwara Sahib if they have accepted Sikhi through the conventional means (Amrit sanchar ceremony).
In a case where the Gurdwara committee feel the marriage has legitimate reasons to go ahead; then a press release should be released prior to the wedding explaining their reasons why, after which a meeting will be held.

Those Gurdwara committees who oppose this will face heavy protests and objections from Sikh youth groups, and the members responsible will be highlighted to the wider Sikh community.

P.Singh Youth representative; “In a court of Law a Bible is presented to a Christian, a Quran to a Muslim on which an oath is sworn, and not vice versa.
A marriage is also an oath, and in the presence of ‘Jaag di Jhot’ Dhan Guru Granth Sahib Ji only those who have accepted Guru Granth Sahib Ji as their Guru should be taking marriages vows - otherwise it’s a mockery of the system, and disrespect to Guru Sahib”

Referring to The Sikh Reht Maryada in accordance to Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee “Persons professing faiths other than the Sikh faith cannot be joined in wedlock by the Anand Karaj ceremony.”

“We do not oppose interfaith marriages, but we will not tolerate the abuse of the Sikh Gurdwara code of conduct”

Kaka Gill from Punjabi Youth Movement, “we will strongly oppose illegitimate Anand Karaj ceremonies and will commence peaceful protests. We condemn any act of violence and intimidation, but we must bare in mind…. today we see cars being burnt, our history shows Massands burnt!”

Sarabha Panjab News


Anonymous said...

Continue to name and shame this scum that dominate and control our institutions. Their apthetic and unconcerned attitudes, with their artificial turbans, manacured beards and conformity to the ways of the world; are suffocating the Sikh world.

We need a SIKH CONSCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT to drive out their invaders sitting in positions of authority and power in our central institutions.

It would be interested to ask, why the marriage wasn't conducted in a Muslim setting such as a Mosque?. Would the Muslim groom have undertaken the marriage in a Muslim venue? Whilst Sikhs permit such marriages, prayers, etc in Gurdwara; the Muslims do not reciprocate? A Muslim can do a Muslim prayer in Darbar Sahib, but a Sikh cannot do a Sikh prayer in Mecca. Does the Muslim groom expect the bride to now make a formal declaration of acceptance of Islam? Do Muslim countries like Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran permit Sikhs to function as a distinct society with full expression and freedoms? Certainly not. There it is a case of one way and only one way - the Muslim way. Accept it or get out.

Am I being hostile and sectarian? No. I am just pointing out the stark imbalances in our world, where certain groups and communities are give disproportionate attention and recognition whilst other equally relevant and important communities get buried in the political mish-mash of 'equal opportunities', 'community cohesion' and 'respect and diversity'.

J. Singh

Anonymous said...

hell yeah we need to go back to vigilante shere panjab its the only solution

In loving memory of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha

Revolutionist Kartar Singh Sarabha, was just nineteen years old when he became a Shaheed in the name of freedom and justice. He appeared like a storm, ignited the flame of revolution and tried to wake up a sleeping Panjab. Such courage, self-confidence, and dedication is rarely found. Of the Panjabis who can be called revolutionaries in true sense of the word, Kartar Singh's name comes at the top.
Revolution lived in his veins. There was only one aim of his life, only one desire, and only one hope - all that held meaning in his life was revolution.