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Intimidation In Sangat
Guest posted a topic in GUPT FORUMI have been an "active" part of my local gurghar since I was about 19 years old (I'm late 20s now) when I found Sikhi away from just the Punjabi culture. Unfortunately, I have openly disagreed with and continue to disagree with certain powerful elements within our Sangat who in my opinion are hot headed and beat up anyone and everyone that doesnt tow their line.The groups I think mean well but have caused so much strife in the midlands, Im sure some sangat on here are familiar with some of these elements/issues where people have been beat up, for instance when it was falsely rumoured a Gurdwara was going to be turned in a Buddhist temple etc and Sikhs and their familes have been harassed/beat up by extremists elements with our own community. However, I have never voiced these issues outside the Sikh community because I am firmly believer that if Sangat should have disagreements it should be kept in house. A Singh I was close too is currently serving a very long term prison sentence after being wrapped up in these issues and although he regrets it now he was misled to be involved in violent methods used by these people. Since he has been in prison I have become more isolated from the Sangat who without a doubt helped this Singh end up in prison but there has been zero support for his parvaar. What has happened is these youth and its leaders have now easily caused 6 Singhs/Kaurs I personally know to completely leave Sikhi altogether because they have either been labelled as "feds" and literally beat up, intimidated and harassed. I personally have also stopped going to my local Gurdwaray which are the main powerhouses of these intimidating elements and now have to travel twice as much to avoid conflict. I know feel so down. Its hit me this year and I know this is probably the lamest post and reasoning but for the first time ever since I was 19 I now dont feel comfortable going to the 1984 Remembrance Rally on Sunday and for the first time in over a decade wont go to avoid conflict. I now feel so isolated and have even been told I cant enter a certain Gurdwara because I "talk" like a fed - This is probably because I dont particularly talk with slang and have always pushed Singhs to not to resort to violence quickly and stay in the confines of the Law. I will never leave Sikhi or anything like that!!! But without good sangat around you and the increased isolation I am feeling a disconnect. There is nothing I can do about my local Sangat, they are right in their own way and to them I appear to a liberal "hippy" Singh. I have always pushed for panthic ekta and for Sangat to work together to resolve our issues. However there is so much division, right now I am feeling disconnected, lonely and disheartened. I see different Sikh youth groups are literally in open conflict with one another, how have we come to this?! I just wish Sangat would reach out to each other and not resort to violence so quickly. I dont think people realise how many people are turning away from Sikhi because of the way we ourselves behave. I hope no-one has been offended.