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As Zulu said:

any topics on here about the ramgarhia gurdwara history, anything to do with that? might be interesting to see what people know of it, or people who may have been there at the time when the first coined gurdwara of that name was done.

many thanks if someone does find a topic before I have a search

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by jassa singh ramgharia misl after they capture ramghar fort. Each misl had a so called understanding of sikh people understand that they descend from his misl. However ramgharia is used to describe people who were tarkhan - carpenters. Ramgharia means fort of ram (god). We have to go to the misl history. Then the migration to east africa majority tarkhans who called the gurdwaras ramgharia they migrated to europe and america taking the misl tradition. Generally some still hold onto the old tradition. some do prayer to baba vishkarma avtar of brahma to protect tools. proper singhs who claim descent from ramgharia misl will do ardas. So it is a means of respect of the decent. We need to look into the history of the misls how they were different and the same. Ramgharia bunga was made in harmandar sahib. However we have instances of misls intermarrying so gursikhs did marry. Some claim the misl was started by a sardar from jatt decent. Mahraja jassa singh altough descendent from carpenters was a gursikh and his ancestors made weapons for guru gobind singh ji. So the misl history itself is the start.

Some websites worth reading into this matter good old niddar's stuff some of it bogus worth checking http://www.sarbloh.info/htmls/article_samparda_ramgharia.html

then:

http://www.sikh-history.com/sikhhist/events/m-ramgarhia.html

http://www.sikh-heritage.co.uk/postgurus/ramgarhia2/ram%20Jassa%20Singh.htm

http://www.ramgarhia.net/

http://www.thesikhmisl.com/The_Sikh_Misl/Ramgarhia_Misl.html

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~royalty//ips/families/misl_ramgharia.html

http://www.searchsikhism.com/ramgharia.html

http://www.sikhsangat.com/index.php?/topic/3569-ramgarhia-is-a-misl-not-a-caste-jaat/

http://www.info-sikh.com/PageMisl.html

http://www.rstbirmingham.com/what-is-ramgarhia.html

http://talwinder.blogsome.com/tarkhanramgharia/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Club-Ramgarhia/302411843986?sk=info

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=gqIbJz7vMn0C&pg=PA111&lpg=PA111&dq=ramgarhia+misl&source=bl&ots=fPB5CiUzUB&sig=gcX_PEwjA-MLMnEhhMUjHMhCb2U&hl=en&sa=X&ei=64sxT8r0B8mZ8QP6pISSBw&ved=0CDAQ6AEwATgU#v=onepage&q=ramgarhia%20misl&f=false

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=-7HJ5idB8_QC&pg=PA86&dq=ramgarhia&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-osxT-ejCMPn8QOW56yBBw&ved=0CEsQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=ramgarhia&f=false

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=aAIOAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA75&dq=ramgarhia&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-osxT-ejCMPn8QOW56yBBw&ved=0CGQQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=ramgarhia&f=false

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=sUxx1PPhq7gC&pg=PA196&dq=ramgarhia&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-osxT-ejCMPn8QOW56yBBw&ved=0CGoQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=ramgarhia&f=false

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=7lKM4aWhIH0C&pg=PA54&dq=ramgarhia&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NowxT-rpPNTY8gODlq38Bg&ved=0CE8Q6AEwBDgK#v=onepage&q=ramgarhia&f=false

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Some websites worth reading into this matter good old niddar's stuff some of it bogus worth checking http://www.sarbloh.i..._ramgharia.html

NNS has used this Ramgarhia thing as an example for his diversity in the Panth module. Its quite funny actually.

In Sikh Panth we have seen the domination of Jatt Sikhs, and in my reading of history and talking to some people of the non-jatt castes, I have come to observe that as Jatts beleive that they are the true Sikhs (which is laughable) and the other caste Sikhs are worthless, some castes have latched onto a contribution made by a fellow caste-member of yesteryear and created an awareness around it, symbolising their importance and contribution to the panth.

ie the tarkhans calling themselves Ramgarhias, because of Sardar Jassa Singh, and elevating him to Maharaja, which he was never known as.

the Kalal caste (wine-brewers) calling themselves as Ahluwalias, after Sultan Ul Quom Jassa SIngh Ahluwalia, who was born in village Ahlu, in Amritsar.

the chamars elevating Bhagat Ravidas to Guru Ravidas

the Nai's (hairdressers) who have elevated Bhagat Sain Ji to Guru Sain.

The tarkhans mainly, and other caste groups not wishin gto be dominated by thick jatts, just made their own gurdwaras, and called it Ramgarhia, which they mistakenly think their caste is. Ramgarhia misl had all castes in it, as did every misl.

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The first time the term " Ramgarhia sabha" was mooted, in my opinion was in East Africa. I have never read any where in punjabi history of any such movement starting.

What a lot of people dont know is that many Jatts went to africa as well to labour. I beleive is was there that the tarkhan dominance manifested itslef in this Ramgarhia Sabha thing.

What is really funny is how the tarkhans beleive that they are continuing the legacy of Ramgarhia misl. that is such a joke.

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Purely political - to have their own Gurudwarey to run. The election system always favours the majority, and politicians always find something to divide the electorate. In India, Tarkhans were effectively locked out of elected posts because of this and finding themselves in the majority in E. Africa led to the current situation. It is still virtually impossible for a Tarkhan in Nairobi (Kenya) to become a member of the 'bhappa' dominated Singh Sabha and vice-versa. The Jatts have control of a couple of Gurudwarey as well.

Sad state of affairs. The complete lack of Maryada in most Ramghariya Gurudwarey (infact all Gurudwarey in Kenya, even Singh Sabha and Nanaksar) is shocking. Langar is now a meal hosted by rich people for their friends, cooked by outside caterers, self service buffet style, wearing shoes, heads uncovered etc.

Going to take a revolution to sort things out, maybe with violence.

Note: in the UK, Tarkhans were again the minority and being unable to win elections, they made their own Gurudwarey.

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You could argue Rajput equate themselves to Banda Singh Bahadur

Khatri elevate themselves to Guru sahibs

Jatts elevate themselves to Baba Budha ji and Baba Deep Singh

All of Sikhi is one..

In the UK Gurdwaras which call themselves Singh Sabha are majority Jatt dominated. As for Khatris and Afghani (aroras) which you class together as Bhappa are also separated before 1947 afghani singhs and pakistani singh khatri and arora were together however treat each other ethnically so differently. This caste business is nonsense and we should go to each other guru ghars after all they all belong to guru sahib every gurdwara is for everyone. The commitee is there only to pay the bills they don't own it. We should promote intermarriages with kids born in other countries they adopt that culture so forget the past really we should allow understanding to develop and not drag differences and the past into it. For the most part we are all pretty much the same. There is a world of difference with muslims, gora, kala who we get along with better then those of a different caste. I have seen people go on and on about caste then there kids marry out of religion, culture and ethnicity and they still go on and on about caste. We are a small minority in the world practically nearly non-existent we shouldn't talk about tribes and castes otherwise we will be wiped out.

Not all langar are cooked outside one thing to note is those gurdwaras were made in older times before central heating was made famous in colder climates when it really snowed and people got arthritis, other issues in which they couldn't sit on the floor. Even other so to say jatt gurdwara had tables and chairs. It was SGPC themselves who after seeing declared the rehat. With langar being brought in from outside is to do even with issues inside like kitchnes. Sometimes for weddings for ease of giving such they cater them even with timing issues. We have foil and other means to keep food warm for transportation so it is not a huge problem. The only issue might be utensil used but these are also used by what we call those who eat meat. There is generally a distance in kitchen to langar hall if they are not the same so have to be transported. It is all to do with the heat why people keep shoes on. The whole point of langar was equality, so even having people sat equally is as such. These days people sit on the floor in circles distancing from each other. In some gurdwaras we find people shouting at people, or not giving right portions. In some jatt majority gurdwaras they ask someones caste and family name, kicking out people of other castes this is a violation of rehat itself.

We had problems with some gurdwaras who had wedding halls attached under gurdwara property and name that served meat and alcohol as ragharia gurdwara the satkar commitee banned it. Remember from each ancestory we have had great gursikhs in the past and do today and will have in the future. We are all one big family guru gobind singh established one amrit for all we are a family have intermarried in many cases. Loads of jatts, ramgharia, bhappa, lohar, brahmin, khatri, arora, chumar, ravidassi are all inter-related we have inter married already many times. To cause problems amongst each other is to cause problems between our own families.

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The tarkhans mainly, and other caste groups not wishin gto be dominated by thick jatts, just made their own gurdwaras, and called it Ramgarhia, which they mistakenly think their caste is. Ramgarhia misl had all castes in it, as did every misl.

I don't blame them (or anyone for that matter) for not wanting to be dominated myself. Plus when you talk to people who don't like Jatt domination, it isn't because they are just perceived to be thick or block headed, but rather because of obnoxious, supercilious, dismissive, exclusionary attitudes they experience. So it's no surprise people do their own thing. Instead of blaming people for this, why not point the finger at the real cause i.e. obnoxious and exclusionary attitudes by people hell bent on creating a caste system within Sikhi and placing themselves at the apex. This blatant ignoring of Sikhi's egalitarian streak is unforgivable and causes most of this crap imho.

Also I too think that the whole Ramgarhia gurdwara thing started in Africa, not India.

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I don't blame them (or anyone for that matter) for not wanting to be dominated myself. Plus when you talk to people who don't like Jatt domination, it isn't because they are just perceived to be thick or block headed, but rather because of obnoxious, supercilious, dismissive, exclusionary attitudes they experience. So it's no surprise people do their own thing. Instead of blaming people for this, why not point the finger at the real cause i.e. obnoxious and exclusionary attitudes by people hell bent on creating a caste system within Sikhi and placing themselves at the apex. This blatant ignoring of Sikhi's egalitarian streak is unforgivable and causes most of this crap imho.

Also I too think that the whole Ramgarhia gurdwara thing started in Africa, not India.

But was that the case in East Africa before and after 1947? You cant base everything on your own personal anecdotes.

As for East Africa and Sikhs, I'll just leave this here:

http://www.federalism.ch/files/documents/Patel_FINAL%20VERSION.pdf

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But was that the case in East Africa before and after 1947? You cant base everything on your own personal anecdotes.

As for East Africa and Sikhs, I'll just leave this here:

http://www.federalis...L%20VERSION.pdf

And you can't keep ignoring criticism just because it happens to point at your own community.

Will take that attachment home and read it.

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And you can't keep ignoring criticism just because it happens to point at your own community.

Will take that attachment home and read it.

Lol, I'm not ignoring it old man. I just want you to be more thorough in your analysis and not resort to anecdotes.

Just look at all the posts in this thread. Why has no one brought up the issues that were going on in Punjabi Gurudwaras at the same time as Sikhs were emigrating to East Africa? Or how this was the first large scale building of Gurudwaras outside of South Asia since the collapse of the Sikh Empire i.e. the Sikh emigrants were being left to their own devices.

Or why the use of Ramgarhia? There were so many avenues the Sikh community could have branched along and numerous 'Tharkhans' that could have had Gurudwaras named after them. Why specifically Jassa Singh Ramgarhia? What was it about his life or deeds, or how he was perceived by Punjabis that made him popular?

Turn your brains on people, start asking questions.

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Or why the use of Ramgarhia? There were so many avenues the Sikh community could have branched along and numerous 'Tharkhans' that could have had Gurudwaras named after them. Why specifically Jassa Singh Ramgarhia? What was it about his life or deeds, or how he was perceived by Punjabis that made him popular?

Funny I was thinking something similar after reading Panth Prakash! Why has Jassa Singh Ramgarhia been lionised by Tarkhans more than Sukha Singh, who appears to have been a top ranked fighter/leader of his time?

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Funny I was thinking something similar after reading Panth Prakash! Why has Jassa Singh Ramgarhia been lionised by Tarkhans more than Sukha Singh, who appears to have been a top ranked fighter/leader of his time?

Did Nihangs have a bad rep amongst common Sikhs at that point? Was a Misldar more 'cool' than say a normal Akali? I'm surprised that back then people consider their hero's achievements along caste lines rather than religous or nationalist ones. Did other castes think of JSR as a tharkhan? What did SIkhs back then know of their recent history? Topics like this raise more questions than our lot have the answeres for lol.

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Well instead of blaming the tarkhans many of them said the jatts kept them out of marrying into there family posed them as inferior to them and didn't let them sit on comities. However biologically related to them and many have for generations only bred into there own and kept away from living we have brahmin mat going on in our people for some time.

From even Maharaja Ranjit singh like when we read about him the guy was illiterate I think he was compromised by brahmins putting these beliefs into sikhi and changing things around. I think Maharaja Ranjit Singh took favour more of brahmins over gianis, the gianis knew not to believe in caste but we learn they were also illiterate in several languages from trump. I think we had this problem from Maharaja Ranjit Singh's time as there was infighting then. But jatts and tarkhans have intermarried still do and some are proud to be Sikh first.

Because tarkhans were denied sewa in guru ghars by jatts they went made there own and only sat there own people so the jatts or anyone else wouldn't do this. If anything this caste system mainly has been put into the sikhs mainly by jatts. When other people oppose it we find several jatts saying they are chumar or choora or less then them and they then go make there own gurdwaras and don't marry into them.

Again we find exceptions to it and some don't think like that but we have some who push this view more. And there are tarkhans who are therefore hostile to jatts and other castes. Even in some cases when jatts allow other people into positions of power, responsibility or leadership they are downgraded in several places forgetting the guys own merit.

Also today many have taken this view that Sikhi instead of destroying the caste system only taught tolerance and created diversity as we still find in gurbani various statements of castes in several instances just like the argument we find the names of Hindu gods and goddess so Sikhism allows polytheism this was taken forth by Sikhs who made aryan samaj. Singh Sabha movement now from it's jatt majority has messed about with the rehat that people had to make other jathas mainly like the darzis (tailors) who went into akj and so forth due to this infighting.

I think people have been unaware of Sukha Singh for some time... from other writings even from the nirmalas we have issues in writings we haven't translated suraj prakash yet. I think other castes didn't care much for Jassa Singh Ramgharia people twist things about. These days people who were not jatt have been called jatt we learn maharaja ranjit singh originally was a rajput however lablled a jatt and dogra rajas were labelled rajputs hence traitors. We find people pointing out the minas and massand were khatris forgetting the origins of the gurus hence more downgrading. We then have slandering to khatris as bhappa. The khatris around those regions were some of the most highly educated in Sikhi but put down. As for problems towards jatts was backwards hostility.

I think due to lack of media we had these problems. The main way to resolve this is by going to every gurdwara is nirmata so we can grow better relations. We are probably today much more better off then we were in the past. The problems back a few hundred years ago were more volatile. There was more volatileness in Misls times, something other people took advantage of.

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Because tarkhans were denied sewa in guru ghars by jatts If anything this caste system mainly has been put into the sikhs mainly by jatts.

This is not limited to jatts, tarkhans have had me thrown out of gurdwara for not being able to prove i am tarkhan. Im sure im not the only case.

Even in some cases when jatts allow other people into positions of power, responsibility or leadership they are downgraded in several places forgetting the guys own merit.

again, this is not limited to jatts.

These days people who were not jatt have been called jatt we learn maharaja ranjit singh originally was a rajput however lablled a jatt.

A lot of Jatt caste have their origins in Rajout or Kashtriya dharam. Most Jatts do not know this, but Mah. Ranjit SIngh was a Jatt, but his gotra (grewal) may have had its origins in Rajput or Khastriya dharam.

There was more volatileness in Misls times, something other people took advantage of.

This was not pertaining to caste, but territory and power.

Funny I was thinking something similar after reading Panth Prakash! Why has Jassa Singh Ramgarhia been lionised by Tarkhans more than Sukha Singh, who appears to have been a top ranked fighter/leader of his time?

Also Bhai Lalo, a Sikh who's sakhi is well known.

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This is not limited to jatts, tarkhans have had me thrown out of gurdwara for not being able to prove i am tarkhan. Im sure im not the only case.

Joking?! Does that actually happen here? You should have said you were planning on booking an Akhand Path, then they wouldn't turn you or your custom away.

Though I've been denied parking by the Ramgharia gurdwara (Birmingham city centre) in their carpark because I wasn't a registered member of the gurdwara.

On their part I was taking up space from fee paying customers and they did allow me to park in the community hall opposite for free.

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We should be looking at "outside influence of caste" in Sikhism with same scrutiny as you would -missionary/comrade/atheist or bhausaria influence in Sikhism.

I truly believe some of significant issues in panth are from outside influence of caste in Sikhism which have latched on too panth as leecher latches on to cow to suck the blood out of the cow.

I have one simple question, had the sikhi primarily followed by anyone who does not put its culture at first, would we still be dealing with same problems in the panth as you are now?

Just compare sikhi adorned by hazoori singhs (at hazoor sahib) compare with typical punjabi sikh (wanted to be amridhari) for social status/or for having seat in elections, effects of caste discrimination in the dera( all jatha's/samparda's are guilty of this punjabiyaat caste influence - taksal, nihangs, nirmale, sgpc all of them) except akj but akj got their own problems with other status prejudice (bibeki , non-bibeki) and holier than thou (attitudes)

Just compare sikhi adorned by 3ho singh/singhanis compare with typical punjabi sikh with punjabiyaat culture (upbringing).

I am not taking sides with 3ho or hazoori singhs, tommorow if they bring their own culture at forefront infront of gurmat, bring their baggage in the gurdwaras, i would be outraged equally.

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thrown out of ramgharia gurdwara you guys serious?

deadly serious,

i used to live in Stoke on Trent, and there was a small Ramgarhia Gurdwara there. They asked me to join the committee as they were having problems fising sevadars, so i said ok.

I turned up, and a fat toad goes to me, tell us about your caste names and so on, i said why? what differecne does it make, you want my help, i want to help....

Well in that case could you please leave the gurdwara thank you.

Off i went.

Last i heard there were radha swamis on the committee, and they dont allow anyone to talk too much about sikhi specifically, but just naam.

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Did Nihangs have a bad rep amongst common Sikhs at that point?

Not at all, if anything it was a high period for them where they could flout Sikh 'royalty' even throwing clumps of mud at Ranjit Singh to bring him back to earth. By all accounts they were well respected by the common Sikh populace.

Was a Misldar more 'cool' than say a normal Akali?

I don't know what you mean by cool, but I do think Akalis held people in awe (and I presume some fear) back then. Even whitey noticed it.

I'm surprised that back then people consider their hero's achievements along caste lines rather than religous or nationalist ones.

This is really noticeable in vol 2 of Panth Prakash even though Bhangu seems conflicted about it. He bigs up Jatts at a lot of opportunities but can't get away from the obvious esteem Sukha Singh was held in by his own family. Interestingly, Tarkhans don't seem to have starting doing that type of thing along caste lines until way after the 'annexation'.

We know that Brits had difficulties recruiting them into the armies due to insufficient wages (as explicitly mentioned by Falcon). So it looks like pre-annexation some caste fissures were already showing but even then Sikh society was more 'flat' than post annexation when they decided to patronise (in both senses of the word) Jats.

Did other castes think of JSR as a tharkhan? What did SIkhs back then know of their recent history?

Yes they did. If you look at the earliest Persian references to him, he is called Jassa Singh Thoka, where 'thok' is a Panjabi word akin to the English 'thump', and a usually interpreted as a direct reference to hammering.

What do you mean by 'their recent history' in this context?

Topics like this raise more questions than our lot have the answeres for lol.

Only if you persist in asking the questions to ignorant pendus.

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We should be looking at "outside influence of caste" in Sikhism with same scrutiny as you would -missionary/comrade/atheist or bhausaria influence in Sikhism.

I truly believe some of significant issues in panth are from outside influence of caste in Sikhism which have latched on too panth as leecher latches on to cow to suck the blood out of the cow.

I have one simple question, had the sikhi primarily followed by anyone who does not put its culture at first, would we still be dealing with same problems in the panth as you are now?

Just compare sikhi adorned by hazoori singhs (at hazoor sahib) compare with typical punjabi sikh (wanted to be amridhari) for social status/or for having seat in elections, effects of caste discrimination in the dera( all jatha's/samparda's are guilty of this punjabiyaat caste influence - taksal, nihangs, nirmale, sgpc all of them) except akj but akj got their own problems with other status prejudice (bibeki , non-bibeki) and holier than thou (attitudes)

Just compare sikhi adorned by 3ho singh/singhanis compare with typical punjabi sikh with punjabiyaat culture (upbringing).

I am not taking sides with 3ho or hazoori singhs, tommorow if they bring their own culture at forefront infront of gurmat, bring their baggage in the gurdwaras, i would be outraged equally.

I don't know. How much can we really blame on outside influences for this. I mean look at how even now, after having dishes smashed over their heads about it, the casteists are trying to repackage their nonsense as 'tribal' identities. First thing to notice is the pure vehemence with which people defend the preservation of a 'tribal' or 'caste' based organisation of the Punjabi based panth. It is SO pervasive. Only the other week in my local supermarket no less, I was being tilled up by a cool auntie Ji and we got chatting and when I passed my debit card over she goes (discreetly) "Oh, you know I hadn't heard about THAT surname until recently you know, I didn't know that that was a.........<here she tapered off but was clearly referring to caste>

I told her that people get too preoccupied with such things and they shouldn't matter. To which this otherwise nice auntie ji got all weird and defensive. I've had apnay fudus, who I have just met, bringing up their caste in conversations with me within a single minute of talking. 2/3 times as a teacher. Once randomly at Gravesend train station! 3 - 4 times by girls I've just met. The fact is that every last one of them was Jatt.

One outside source that I would agree has played an enormous part in the calcification of casteism in Panjabi Sikhs is via the British colonial experience. The Anglo tendency to reduce all things to race, class etc. etc. is not unknown and shelves of libraries can be filled with academic studies of the subject - but still, it looks like our own lot (mostly our peasantry) have absorbed these outside classifications/ideas (i.e. martial races theory, Aryan invasion etc.) without giving wider thought to their background and implications to wider Sikh society.

I do believe that groups like those nonPanjabi Sikhs you mentioned can help play a big part in helping us overcome this ugly, pendu, feudal albatross on Sikhi's neck.

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Dalsingh veer,

What i meant by outside influence of caste its within punjab or punjabiyaat culture itself starting from british colonial time.

Thanks for clarification brother. I was just anticipating the usual knee-jerk 'blame Bahmans for everything' reaction that usually gets thrown around when the subject is discussed, even though the Sikh 'caste system' is our own creation.

However we got to where we have, what excuses people propagating that shite now? And singly out Ramgarhias, when you have the same shite going on in many other Gurdwaray (albeit in a subtle, insidious manner) is just lame. Just because one group of idiots post their casteism out in the open for all to see, it doesn't mean we ignore the hordes who are a bit more devious about it.

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Well instead of blaming the tarkhans many of them said the jatts kept them out of marrying into there family posed them as inferior to them and didn't let them sit on comities. However biologically related to them and many have for generations only bred into there own and kept away from living we have brahmin mat going on in our people for some time.

From even Maharaja Ranjit singh like when we read about him the guy was illiterate I think he was compromised by brahmins putting these beliefs into sikhi and changing things around. I think Maharaja Ranjit Singh took favour more of brahmins over gianis, the gianis knew not to believe in caste but we learn they were also illiterate in several languages from trump. I think we had this problem from Maharaja Ranjit Singh's time as there was infighting then. But jatts and tarkhans have intermarried still do and some are proud to be Sikh first.

Because tarkhans were denied sewa in guru ghars by jatts they went made there own and only sat there own people so the jatts or anyone else wouldn't do this. If anything this caste system mainly has been put into the sikhs mainly by jatts. When other people oppose it we find several jatts saying they are chumar or choora or less then them and they then go make there own gurdwaras and don't marry into them.

Again we find exceptions to it and some don't think like that but we have some who push this view more. And there are tarkhans who are therefore hostile to jatts and other castes. Even in some cases when jatts allow other people into positions of power, responsibility or leadership they are downgraded in several places forgetting the guys own merit.

Also today many have taken this view that Sikhi instead of destroying the caste system only taught tolerance and created diversity as we still find in gurbani various statements of castes in several instances just like the argument we find the names of Hindu gods and goddess so Sikhism allows polytheism this was taken forth by Sikhs who made aryan samaj. Singh Sabha movement now from it's jatt majority has messed about with the rehat that people had to make other jathas mainly like the darzis (tailors) who went into akj and so forth due to this infighting.

I think people have been unaware of Sukha Singh for some time... from other writings even from the nirmalas we have issues in writings we haven't translated suraj prakash yet. I think other castes didn't care much for Jassa Singh Ramgharia people twist things about. These days people who were not jatt have been called jatt we learn maharaja ranjit singh originally was a rajput however lablled a jatt and dogra rajas were labelled rajputs hence traitors. We find people pointing out the minas and massand were khatris forgetting the origins of the gurus hence more downgrading. We then have slandering to khatris as bhappa. The khatris around those regions were some of the most highly educated in Sikhi but put down. As for problems towards jatts was backwards hostility.

I think due to lack of media we had these problems. The main way to resolve this is by going to every gurdwara is nirmata so we can grow better relations. We are probably today much more better off then we were in the past. The problems back a few hundred years ago were more volatile. There was more volatileness in Misls times, something other people took advantage of.

No one's blaming the Ramgarhias so there is no need to go for a straw man argument. This thread was set up to discuss the history of the Ramgarhia Gurudwaras and possibly whether we should use caste designations to name Gurudwaras rather than historical or geographical ones.

Maharajah Ranjit Singh practiced divide and rule amongst his own people. He employed white people in positions of power not because they were good but because he knew he could buy their loyalty to him.

As for what happened in East Africa, it's all history. On the one hand people formed their own caste Gurudwaras, on the other hand there was no movement to reunite the faith and make people stick together. The consequences were obvious - if you're from the UK ask your parents if they ever had to look after refugees from East Africa back in the 70s. People like Idi Amin dont care about what differences Sikhs have, people like him just see weakness and prey on it.

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