Let’s make the world aware about Kirpan

The world needs to understand that an Amritdhari Sikh follows Guru’s orders and wear a Kirpan to protect him/her self and others. Sikhism does not cultivate the culture of attack and so Kirpan is not a weapon of offence!

The recent order by Government of Karnataka banning acquisition, possession and carrying of arms without license, specified in category V of the schedule I of the Arms Rules of 2016, in public places under the jurisdiction of Bengaluru city of has resulted in  banning wearing of Kirpans by Sikhs. The order not only hurt the Sikhs but has left many of us shocked – how can a government in our own country be so insensitive or ignorant about the religious symbol of Sikhs!

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Kirpan is a religious symbol of the Sikhism and it is an inseparable article of faith for the Amritdhari Sikhs. Our Dasham Pitah Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji had given 5 Kakaars to the Khalsa and Kirpan is one of the 5 articles which Amritdhari Sikhs must carry when they take khande di pahul.

Humbly quoting Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji  who introduced the metaphor of the Kirpan with reference to God and his qualities –

“O Sword, O Conqueror of continents, O Vanquisher of the hosts of evil, O Embellisher of the brave in the field of battle. Thy Arms are unbreakable, Thy Light refulgent, Thy Glory and Splendor dazzle like the sun. O Happiness of the holy, O Crusher of evil intent, O Subduer of sin, I seek Thy refuge.” (Guru Gobind Singh, Vachitra Natak, Chapter I).

The world needs to understand that an Amritdhari Sikh follows Guru’s orders and wear a Kirpan to protect him/her self and others. Sikhism does not cultivate the culture of attack and so Kirpan is not a weapon of offence!

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I also quote the Constitution of India which under the Article 25 specifies that Sikhs have been granted exemption to carry Kirpan (article of Sikh faith) under freedom of practice of religion.

Why I am so concerned about making the world aware about Kirpan, beginning from India, because in past also, such incidents have happened and embarrassed the Sikhs. Like at the Bengaluru airport, a Sikh passengers was forcefully deboarded from the flight when he refused to board the flight without his Kirpan!

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I wish to tell my Sikh brethren that Sikhs traveling in domestic flight in India are allowed to carry the Kirpan with size 6 inch blade and 3 inch handle on board under Civil Aviation Rules, Govt. of India.

Maa-Boli Satkar Lehar – to fight step-motherly treatment given to Punjabi language

ਸਮੇਂ ਦੀ ਹਨੇਰੀ ਵਿਚ ਝੁਲਣਾ ਨਹੀਂ
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਸਾਡੀ ਮਾਂ-ਬੋਲੀ ਹੈ, ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਭੁੱਲਣਾ ਨਹੀਂ!

While we all enjoy dancing on Punjabi songs and watching Punjabi humour, how many of us in Delhi speak in Punjabi at our homes? Are our children learning Punjabi at schools? Can they read a Punjabi text? 

If these questions bother you as a Punjabi native in Delhi, kindly join Maa Boli Satkar Lehar campaign by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.

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To kill a language, one just needs to sideline it! That’s how most of the languages have died in the world. We will never let this happen in Delhi. This ‘Maa Boli Satkal Lehar’ is just a beginning. DSGMC will be working relentlessly to promote Punjabi language in Delhi.

Quoting the facts – Punjabi speakers made 7.14% of the total population of the national capital in 2001 with 988,980 persons. Hence, the estimated number of Punjabi speaking people of Delhi would have been 1.19 million by 2011.

So it hurts me when I see the step-motherly treatment given by AAP Delhi Govt towards Punjabi as well as Urdu.  CM Arvind Kejriwal had published full page advertisements before Punjab elections for appointments of Punjabi teachers last year. The irony is, 769 posts of Punjabi and 610 posts of Urdu teachers in government schools are still unfilled. What happened to Kejriwal’s promise of reviving Punjabi language in Delhi?

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I seek the support of Punjabi speaking families in this movement. Let us speak Punjabi at our home, with our kids and grandchilldren. Let us buy Punjabi story books for our children. And let us remember –

ਸਮੇਂ ਦੀ ਹਨੇਰੀ ਵਿਚ ਝੁਲਣਾ ਨਹੀਂ
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਸਾਡੀ ਮਾਂ-ਬੋਲੀ ਹੈ, ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਭੁੱਲਣਾ ਨਹੀਂ!

 

Sharing the pain of Sikhs in Kashmir

Isn’t this surprising while Kashmir enjoys a special status under Article 370; the state does not accord Minority status to Sikhs!

Kashmir, despite being called the ‘heaven on earth’, have been facing numerous problems. The turbulent times of Haminastu land can be traced to the interference of a scrupulous neighbour like Pakistan. But that alone is not the reason why Sikhs are unhappy in Kashmir. Sikhs, being a minority in Jammu and Kashmir, deserve minority welfare measures and schemes which has not been given to them by any of the previous governments.

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I seek kind attention of Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi Ji towards the plight of Sikhs in Kashmir. I also ask CM Mehbooba Mufti Ji that isn’t this surprising; while Kashmir enjoys a special status under Article 370; the state does not accord Minority status to Sikhs!
Sikhs have contributed a lot to development of Kashmir. But they need facilities and welfare measures from the Govt side. The state govt should accord Minority status to Sikhs.

Sikhs in Kashmir have suffered both economically and politically especially because Agriculture and transport sector traditionally have been the main stay of the Sikhs in Kashmir. Introduction of Agrarian Reforms Act ensured that the excess land beyond prescribed limit was either escheated to State or given to tillers and land that which was cultivated by tenants was transferred to them. This resulted in a setback for Kashmiri Sikhs because it meant that the Sikh youth needs to search new jobs or avenues for sustenance. Sikhs being in minority have no reservation in govt jobs while private sector is not very lucrative for them.

Talking about the repercussions of militancy, Sikhs had to face unfortunate incidents of Chitti Singhpura and Mehjoor Nagar killings.

But one must admire the faith of Kashmiri Sikhs that they have not left their motherland and are still looking for sunshine days in the valley.

So on behalf of all Sikhs of Kashmir, I use this space to bring it to the notice of PM Narendra Modi Ji and CM Mehbooba Mufti Ji the need for Minority Welfare measures for Sikhs. Being a minority in Kashmir, they deserve Minority status and benefits of schemes.

 

Let’s communicate

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I am not a writerly kind of writer. But I wish to communicate with people. With Digital media taking up an important place in our life, I have made this blog where I will be talking about various issues concerning India. Sikhs, my constituency Rajouri Garden, welfare of people, humanitarian aspects and whatever engages young Indians to contribute to the glory of nation.

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