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The Article below (or variations of it) can be found on many Sikh sites today, however as is often the case, shouting the loudest does not necessarily entail your view will be heard or indeed successful in the manner you perhaps most need it to be. Sikhs, like many numerical minorities in India, have been subject to the continual direct and indirect political onslaught from the Hindutva agenda. This has over the course spread with these communities across the globe as the Diaspora has expanded.

Discussions, posts, opinions, websites, articles, books and even organisations seeking to address, highlight, counter these issues can be found at every turn, yet we have seen little in the way of change, the Hindutva Agenda has grown stronger and more accepted, given the political power presently controlling India it is hardly surprising and avid adoption of censorship and McCarthy type hysteria amongst Sikhs themselves.

This submission is not intending to discuss the politics or motives of the Hindutva Agenda, as this is a huge topic which merits a larger discussion and investigation, but rather focus on the following article which is perhaps one of the most circulated in the UK and US amongst the Sikh Youth.

My reasons for bringing this up, is because the threats posed by the likes of the RSS are very real, but more so given the knee-jerk reaction that Sikhs have developed over the past 150 years to anything deemed Hindoo, the process in the 21st century, some 300 years after the establishing of the Khalsa Panth, Sikhs themselves have begun to disown many facets that are integral in the formation of their proud history and heritage.

Recent events such as the increasing Anti-Dasam Granth stance found across the Diaspora, dubious motives behind the white washing historical murals in Sikh Gurdwaras, changing key dates in the Sikh Calendar, shortening of various banis and denial of many others are all indicative of this trepidation.

Whilst there is much discussion that can be brought out of this article concerning matters such as the definitions, origins and understandings of the terms ‘culture’, ‘Hindu’, ‘religion’ and ‘Panth’, I would like to focus our attention on two key statements within the article which fall within the above described scenario:-

• RSS believes that Sikhs are descendents of Kush and Luv, mythological Hindu figures.

This clearly needs further investigation, for the Sodhi and Bedi dynasties are descendents of Luv and Kush, the sons of Ram Chander, as Guru Gobind Singh himself indicates in the Bachittr ‘Natak’. Again, why are we denying our heritage? This is not too far a cry from Wahabi Muslim Fundamentalists who deny any non-muslim ancestry in the families prior to conversion and continously bark on about how ‘Islam khatrey me hai’ (Islam is in Danger), funny how they also propagate it to be the fastest growing religion!

Any in event, surely being descendents of Luv and Kush, this qualifies all sons and daughters of Guru Gobind Singh (i.e. those who accept Khanda da Paul and live by its authority) to royal descent in India and hence, not only can the Khalsa be regarded protectors of Hindus (which by the RSS’s own definition is one born in India), but the Khalsa also have true lineage to rule India.

Moreover, since it has become tradition in India to deify famous rulers and kings like Sri Ram Chander, the Khalsa as descendents and true holders of royal rights are indeed worthy of worship, as stipulated in the Sarabloh Granth (“Khalsa mero Satguru Pooraâ€).

Some may say this is fanciful and far fetched, maybe, but how does denying the words of the Guru, denying our ancestry and lineage help in raising awareness or combating the anti-Sikh agendas of the RSS? It is not too hard to see from here why the strong anti-Dasam Granth stance is on the increase within the Sikh Diaspora and our temporal leaders in the SGPC further agitate this through their effective ban on discussing this material!

• RSS members read Guru Gobind Singh’s bani in their Shakhas to attract Sikhs. They claim Guru Gobind Singh was a Suryavanshi.

Again, as mentioned above, Guru Gobind Singh was Suryavanshi, as a creator of ‘true’ Kshatriyas (the Khalsa) and descendent of the Suyavanshi lineage of Sri Ram Chander why should we have issue with this, rather we should propagate this amongst the followers of Ram Chander in India and request they honor their true rulers and pay due homage to us…sounds too bizarre, then why recite ‘Raj Karega Khalsa’ with so much zest?

• In their publications, RSS claimed Sikhs were Hindus by using hymns from Chandi-di-Var. In fact, these hymns had never appeared in Chandi-di-Var.

Again, banning discussion, denial of Dasam Bani and of our history and heritage has led to this gross state of ignorance amongst our people that they fall foul of such tactics.

I welcome the forum’s thoughts on this matter and would be grateful for any clarification of elements that I may have overlooked or misunderstood.

Gur Fateh!


WHO IS THE RSS? The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its plans for the Sikh nation “Sikhs are a panth of the Hindus and not a separate religion†Mr K C Sudershan, sarsangchalak of RSS, April 29, 2000. MISSION AND ACTIVITIES OF THE RSS

• RSS was created over 75 years ago to spread Hindu culture.

• The group is organised through Shakhas, camps where members meet and train.

• The daily prayer of the RSS is sung before Bhagava Dhwaj (Saffron flag), which is regarded as the supreme Guru. No individual is a ‘Guru’.

• The slogan of RSS is ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.

• The mission of RSS is to unite and rejuvenate the ‘Bharat’ nation on the sound foundation of Hindu Dharma.

• RSS is striving for a strong and united Hindu society and the vision of Hindutva.

• The RSS definition of ‘Hindu’ is anyone born and belonging to India. This includes Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains. • RSS is opposed to anyone who tampers with India’s unity and integrity. • RSS has 30,000 branches in India and 35 abroad.

• The Rashtriya Sikh Sangat is the ‘Sikh’ wing of RSS with 135 co-ordinating committees in Punjab.

• The Rashtriya Sikh Sangat group was formed in Punjab in 1986 claiming to promote Sikh­Hindu relations. How is the RSS attacking the Sikhs? Over the last two years, the RSS has intensified its attention on Sikh affairs in Punjab. At every given opportunity, it has tried to build inroads into Sikh institutions and attacked the basic Sikh philosophy and way of life.

• RSS believes that the Khalsa was only created to protect Hindus.

• RSS believes that Sikhs are descendents of Kush and Luv, mythological Hindu figures.

• Mr KC Sudarshan, sarsangchalak of RSS, said that the Sikhs are merely a sect of Hinduism.

• During the 1980’s, RSS members stoned Sikhs during Gurpurbs.

• On Jan 5, 2001, RSS made plans to take Sri Guru Granth Sahib into Hindu temples. They wished to place Guru Ji side-by-side with Hindu idols.

• During the tricentenary celebrations of the Khalsa in 1999, the RSS published over 100,000 leaflets in Punjab, distorting both Gurbani and Sikh history.

• Kanwarpal Singh, a teacher of Gatka for 20 years, was recently approached by RSS and asked to shut down his ‘Sher-e-Punjab Akhara’ to focus on training RSS cadets. He refused.

• RSS members read Guru Gobind Singh’s bani in their Shakhas to attract Sikhs. They claim Guru Gobind Singh was a Suryavanshi.

• In their publications, RSS claimed Sikhs were Hindus by using hymns from Chandi-di-Var. In fact, these hymns had never appeared in Chandi-di-Var.

• RSS lowered the image of Guru Gobind Singh Ji by saying he was just a ‘national’ hero of Bharat.

• 50,000 students in Punjab recently took a ‘general knowledge test’ organised by the RSS. This was an anti-Muslim and anti-Sikh test. • RSS recently published a pamphlet called ‘Sada Virsa Sada Gaurav' copying the title of Guru Gobind Singh Circle’s monthly magazine.

• RSS recently distributed pictures of the Gurus on a cow, giving milk which the RSS called Amrit.


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Yes, interesting.

I have read articles written 90 years ago (by an Akali) which refer to Suraj-Vansia Khalsa Panth.

I have also heard old Dhadi songs using this term in pride.

There is no doubting the Hindu-phobia - Niranjanas stance is quite correct - we need to preserve and use our heritage to advantage (this requires calm and cunning/strategy) rather than pull the cheap shiny tulwars out everytime someone mentions something that doesn't fit into their little box world.

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Were Sri Krishna and Sri Ram Chandra not both divine Warriors fighting for Dharma?

Is that not an obvious connection?

If not, give me one other intelligent and practical reason Guru Ji would feel the need to mention it?

Guru Ji may have said his physical body was a descendent of the suryvanshis, but I don't see how these creates any spiritual connection between them and the Khalsa Panth, let alone putting it front of Khalsa Panth, basically stating we are a continuation of this lineage.
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Can someone post the passage where Guru Sahib mentions "Suryavansi"?

Guru Ji has also said that physical relations e.g. lineages etc are meaningless. The reason it is mentioned is because in that verse, they are describing their 'duniavee' family lineage.

Sant Jagjit Singh Ji mentioned something about this as well - that the origin of Sikhi (and of course Guru Sahib) is Akaal.

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