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Are Younger And Younger Generations Forgetting Sikhi


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unfortunatley this is happening due to cultural clashes when living in another country.

So true. Also, many of us have to grow up with our parents views on things before we can figure things out for ourselves. If parents arent the greatest of people then it's no surprise the kids get sucked into firangi culture.

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In India it isn't any better. Maybe even worse than UK/US/Canada etc.

Agree. The end result is similar but the reasons for the gradual drift away from Sikhi in the West and the East are slightly different. To identify the reasons in both instances would go some way towards finding a solution.

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There are number of reasons for this. The biggest problem has been the lack of parchar and the shortage of qualified parcharaks.

The knowledge of one's relegion starts from home. That is the biggest let down as quite a few Sikh parents today have no time or the inclination to teach the basics of Sikhism to their children. They donot even teach their mother language to them. If on one hand, young Sikh children tend to speak English in the Western countries, on the other hand back home, Hindi is spoken to the children. The parents cannot preach about the fundamental tenents of Sikhism , for example, the keeping of kesh, when they themselves are patit. This problem is becoming more and more serious by every passing day and needs drastic action from the Sikh panth.

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English isn't used as the main language to lure them in. Sadly Panjabi isn't the language they understand due to the parents lack of teaching it because they've been to busy in pubs and watching Zee TV and neglected them, but now they are older it's a case of closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.

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We have to find solutions to this very serious problem and then act on the solutions to reawake the spirit of Sikhism in the younger generation. The Sikhs have to come together on a single platform and take immediate and collective action for this.

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One thing that needs to be nipped in the bud is this growing trend amongst Sikh-born people to categorise themselves as Panjabi first, Sikh second. Its usually people who like a drink and a party. So rather than change themselves and their habits they've begun to attack the faith and portray those who have affinity for Sikhi as backwards and extreme. Why these type of people have suddenly found the confidence to do these things is a mystery.

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we cant really say theyve forgotten it, i would say theyve never really been in it in the 1st place.

Gurdwara committees are the greatest threat to Sikhs today, because of their lumbering approach to progessive parchaar. At wednesfield gurdwara, it takes the committee months to get anything done.

I will give you one example.

In Jan this year i approached the Panjabi School Head, and discussed with him the neccessity of teaching Santhya to student who were able to read Panjabi well. I told him Panjabi School is focused on GCSE or other worldy achievements only with no teaching of Gurbani. I asked him to make a change whereby the 2 were balanced, so that kids were learning to read Gurbani and GCSEs at the same time, on a 66/33% in favour of GCSEs. I told him that it is important for kids to learn paath, and these kids will be the new generation of Akhand Paathis.

It is now Oct, 10 months later and he still hasnt done nothing. At a informal meeting today, he said that he would talk to parents in January. So that would mean whole year gone by with no progress.

I dont know why they are so backwards on important issues. or progress. but generally i get the idea that they are not really interested in the future of sikhi, as long as they get their committee positions.

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Each one of us who calls himself a Sikh has to become proactive to promote the message of Sikhism to the younger generation. We have to lead by example so that the youngsters can look upon as role models. We have to teach them the basics. We should persuade the gurdwara committees to start specific programmes for the children where they are taught the tenents and history of Sikhs in a simple and easy to understand language. Nothing can be gained unless we all put efforts in this venture. Let us all resolve to do something concrete for the sake of our great relegion.

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