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Community Leaders

Those who know their responsibility to lead the community on the lines of the teachings as contained in Sri Guru Granth Sahib and the Panthak Rehat Maryada as approved by Sri Akal Takht Sahib.

When, after annexation of Punjab, the political, social and educational position of Sikhs deteriorated, there were certain community leaders who started eff orts to make improvements in all respects by starting such movement as Nirankari movement, Singh Sabha Movement, and Chief Khalsa Diwan. Th ose leaders were dedicated and understood that many forces like Christian missionaries and Brahmincal infl uence were adversely aff ecting the Sikh concepts and values. Baba Ram Singh started Naamdhari Movement and Baba Dayal Ji launched vigorous campaign against Brahmincal practices. He started the practice of performing marriage by Anand ceremony. Th e Singh Sabha leaders like S. Th akur Singh Sandhawalia and Baba Khem Singh Bedi started eff orts to enlighten the Sikhs about their religious teachings as propounded by our Gurus. Our leaders like Ganda Singh, Baba Teja Singh Bhasor, Bhai Arjan Singh of Bagarian and Sundar Singh Majithia made eff orts for increasing education among the Sikhs. When morchas were launched to rid the Gurudwaras from Mahants, we had strong leader like Baba Kharak Singh, who were prepared to make any sacrifi ce for their religion. Aft er independent of the country the Sikh community still had devoted leaders like Master Tara Singh, Sant Fateh Singh, Jathedar Santokh Singh etc. who had a fi ghting spirit for the rights of the Sikhs. However, aft er the formation of the Punjabi Sooba again there was deterioration in our leaders. Although, at present also we have a large number of leaders, but most of the leaders are selfi sh, self centered and oblivious of the hopes, expectations and aspirations of the Sikh community. Under these circumstances, the Sikh community is feeling helpless to settle many of the Panthak issues. As Gurbani says that the leader should be one, who himself has the knowledge and is conscious of his responsibilities in this regard, it is high time that intellectual and considerate leadership emerges among the Sikhs. We have considered some community leaders in India and foreign countries who can provide the requisite leadership and raise the community's standard and participation in all the spheres, social, religious, educational and political. While doing so, we have not taken into account the leaders of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, although it was formally formed on 11th July 2014 by an act of Haryana Legislative Assembly. Th ese leaders, namely S. Jagdish Singh Jhinda and S. Didar Singh Nalvi of this committee have not been included as the matter is still being disputed before the courts. However, their eff orts to form such a committee for the benefi t of Gurdwaras and Sikhs in Haryana deserve appreciation. Had All India Sikh Gurdwara Act been passed, there would have been many such committees for diff erent states. Th us, the demand raised by these people and the struggle made by them cannot be considered as totally wrong. So far our role models community leaders are concerned, many people may diff er from us as they fail to fi nd out the required qualities in these leaders. However, we feel that there is nothing wrong with the leaders, the problem lies in the environment and the system in which they are working. If they act boldly and sincerely with their faith in Gurbani, they can change the rotten systems and revamp the entire management machinery. Th e system of election in Gurdwaras, the increase in number of Babas (false saints) and all-round corruption are the obstacles on the path of bringing radical changes in the system. Th e Sikhs in general must be educated so that they may start understanding the harm which the present system is causing to the community. We hope that the community leaders included by us as role-models will defi nitely rise to the occasion and work not under any political pressure, but, according to the Gurmat principles and show us a new path of progress and prosperity for the entire community.

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Giani Kewal Singh

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Kiranjot Kaur

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Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar

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Gulbarg Singh Basi

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Inder Singh Jamu

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Kulmohan Singh

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Manjit Singh Calcutta

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Manjit Singh GK

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Pal Singh Purewal

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