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Sikh religion is not a separate community

JAGMOHAN SINGH

Saturday, 01 May 2010

AMRITSAR: Sikhs religion is not a separate community as it was a part of Hinduism says president of SAD (Master Tara Singh) Rashpal Singh.

Addressing the press conference here on Friday, octogenarian Rashpal Singh who is president of his party for the last three decades said, “It would be wrong to say that Sikh community was not the part of Hindu religion; since our ancestors were basically Hindu and after being inspired from Sikh religion they adopted Sikh religion with letter and sprit.

Launching scathing attack on Sikh religious leader who were describing the Sikh religion as separate community, he said that this act would stop large number of people from Hindu community to remain in Sikh fold.

Negating the stand of Akal Takht which number of times had described the Sikh religion as separate community, he said that number of times jatehdar Akal Takht had took wrong decisions which costs heavy to community and discourage the people of other community to come in Sikh fold.

Decrying the stand of SGPC which demanding to snatch the right of non Sikhs to voting right in SGPC election, he said that it was a communal thought.

Rashpal Singh said that non Sikhs should be extended full right to caste their vote in SGPC election so that maximum people from other community could join and follow the Sikh religion.

Singh said that SGPC vehemently discouraging the non Sikhs to adopt Sikh religion and this act of SGPC was not good enough.

Singh said,” If we peep into our past, out forefathers were Hindu and during freedom struggle of Indian nation, each Hindu family had preferred to choose their one son to adopt Sikh religion thus it was the main reason today we can find Sikhs in huge number all over the world even every nook and corner”.

Commenting on Nanakshahi calendar (separate Sikh calendar) Singh said that it was a vicious attempt to keep the Hindu people away from Sikh religion. After the formation of Nanakshahi calendar, Hindus in large number stopped to visit the Sikh shrines to observe religious days even avoid coming in routine matter.

“Our ten Sikh masters, even the founder of Sikhism and first Sikh master Guru Nanak Dev also talked about the Bikrami calendar in his discourses and none of the Guru hinted about the Nanakshahi calendar”, said that Nanakshahi calendar was the brain child of political peoples.

The message of Sikh masters and Sikh community was to spread peace and to talk about God but not to keep the people of other community away, he quipped.

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He could have maintained Budha Dal's stand which in a way respects history and again maintains the identity of Sikhs, being part of the large hindu society and practicing Sikh Dharam is understandable.

I would like to question him and the chaddi waale rss to first take their stand when sikhs are attacked and when sikhs are asking justice for the 84 slaughter.

Where does that VHP international go when sikhs in usa are attacked, why dont they wag their toungues ?

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Singh said,” If we peep into our past, out forefathers were Hindu and during freedom struggle of Indian nation, each Hindu family had preferred to choose their one son to adopt Sikh religion thus it was the main reason today we can find Sikhs in huge number all over the world even every nook and corner”.

what rubbish! this practice of the Hindu family bringing up the elder son as a sikh, was only practiced as far as i know in north western panjab. and every sikh's forefathers would not have been hindu necessarily, some could have been muslims, and most were actually the lowercaste people who werent actually acknowledged as hindus.

rashpal has always been a fool.

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