Who is and could be a 'Sikh'!
The definition of a 'Sikh'
Balbir Singh Sooch*
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) general house
formed a sub-committee to finalise the definition of a 'Sikh'
and it means there is a scope to know who is and could be a
What could be the definition of a Sehajdhari, patit (apostate)
and a Gursikh (baptised Sikh) in the context of a warrior,
political, historical and philosophic perspectives under the
different situations and circumstances?
Could the Sikh politicians of the present day be identified
according to Bhai Daya Singh's Rehatnamas as Dhande Di Sikhi
(those who become Sikhs for commercial motives) and Bhekh Di
Sikhi (those who accept Sikhism formally to imitate Sikhs
for material gains and to exploit Sikhism for their ignoble
How to fix eligibility for 'Sikh quota' in the SGPC-run
educational institutes, including medical and engineering
Are those not eligible for 'Sikh quota', should permanently to
be considered as non-Sikhs for casting their votes to the Sikh
politicians and be debarred from performing the religious
Is it the time to conclude that the Shiromani Gurdwara
Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) miserably failed to preach within
its community including for other reasons and there is no
deserving candidate for the 'Sikh quota' leaving a few
exceptions except Sikhs belonging to Dhande Di Sikhi
(those who become Sikhs for commercial motives) and Bhekh
Di Sikhi (those who accept Sikhism formally to imitate
Sikhs for material gains and to exploit Sikhism for their
Sikhi is a continuous process towards attaining perfection as
practiced by the Sikh Gurus practically within the Sikhism but
not for stagnicolous to be defined in a tight partition to
permanently isolate the others from Sikhism.
"From the teachings and the experience acquired by the grace of
God, I suggest defining 'Sikh' and 'the central idea of the
teachings of sacred scripture, the Adi Granth'
respectively as under:
'Definition of Sikh'-"Sikh is a symbol of insight of human
perfection; the optimistic nature of human ought to be
reflections of Sikh Gurus and purely based on the teachings of
sacred scripture, the Adi Granth of the fifth largest
world religion". The central idea of the teachings of sacred
scripture, 'the Adi Granth' is: "To have less hunger and
curiosity of sex, anger, snare, greed and pride, the more is the
peace of mind. As the peace of mind is directly proportional to
hunger and curiosity of sex, anger, snare, greed and pride".
Submission also made on
September 13, 2008
*Chief and Spokesperson,
Sikh Vichar Manch, Ludhiana
November 23, 2008