Those young Sikh boys and girls who will lead the community in near future.
When we look at Punjab, the state of our Gurus, we feel depressed as most of our youth appear to have
given up the Sikh identity, the Sikh ethos, and our values and traditions. Th ere may be many reasons for the
same, but the most important reason is that our religious leaders have not been able to show them the right
way of living. Th ey have not been able to present themselves as role-models whom the younger generation
can follow. Th e drug addiction in this state has been of alarming dimensions, but our leaders have been
closing their eyes to this truth. Th ey did nothing to stem the growing tendency of increasing in apostasy.
However, when we go outside the state of Punjab and in other countries where Sikhs have now settled, the
position does not appear to be as deplorable as in Punjab. Rather, in foreign countries the Sikh youth is
fi ghting for their articles of faith and are winning the support in their favour to such an extent that courts
have also supported them for their fi ght for their rights. We have tried to identify some of these youth who
have realized the importance of their religion and are making eff orts to familarize about their identity and
religion. Our eff orts have revealed that there is no cause to be pessimistic as there are various organizations
of Sikh youth working in USA, Canada, Europe and Australia for the uplift ment and recognition of their
community. Even in India some youngsters who have been brought up in those families who still consider
their religion and values as their top priority, who can be our future leaders and make the community
stronger than as it is today. Th ese inspired youth are highly educated, modern in their approach and are fully
conscious of their responsibility to maintain honour and dignity of our religion. Th ey appreciate the secular
spirit of our religion and the object of bringing peace and harmony all over, which can be best brought and
maintained by connecting the people to this great religion by a sincere study of the teachings as contained
in Sri Guru Granth Sahib.