- The RSS and its partners are occupied with an enormous "ghar wapsi" project to get Christians back — to Hinduism, as well as to Sikhism, in Punjab. They claim to have offered somewhere in the range of 8,000 individuals 'some assistance with returning home' in the most recent three years, about 3,500 of them throughout the most recent one year.
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Pitiful), an associate of the BJP, has disliked the Sangh's movement. The Pitiful sees Dalit Christians as a vote bank, and has been charming them diligently. At a capacity in Gurdaspur on Thursday, Boss Pastor Prakash Singh Badal declared "Masihi bhawans" for Christians in all regions, and guaranteed them that the "persuasive changes" that are occurring in different parts of the nation would not be allowed in Punjab.
- The city of Amritsar is as of now dabbed with hoardings of Akali pioneers with a picture of Jesus out of sight, wishing individuals an "Upbeat Christmas".
The RSS — which is typically seen with suspicion by universal Sikhs on account of the Sangh position that Sikhism is a piece of the bigger Hindu society — has empowered many Christians to re-proselyte to Sikhism with the assistance of gurdwaras and a few individuals from the Dismal ruled Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Advisory group (SGPC), who have been acting in their own ability.
- One such part, Kiranjot Kaur, who has been instrumental in holding a few late 'ghar wapsi' services at gurdwaras, told The Indian Express, "The circumstance is alarming to the point that even Sikhs in Amritsar, which is the seat of Sikhism, are changing over. We are a little minority, and we ought to be concerned. Due to the politicization of the SGPC, the religious motivation which it ought to be effectively advancing has weakened. The RSS does wouldn't fret individuals re-changing over to Sikhism on the grounds that it sees Hindus and Sikhs as individuals from the same gang."
- RSS pioneer Ram Gopal, who heads the association's Dharm Jagran unit in the state, said, "We are attempting to stop the walk of Christianity in Punjab, and re-believer individuals to their unique religion, which could be Hinduism or Sikhism. We found towns where gurdwaras were bolted in light of the fact that the whole populace had changed over. This ought to likewise stress the Sikh religious administration."
Gone after a remark, SGPC representative Dalmegh Singh said the ninth Sikh Master, Tegh Bahadur, had given his life to counteract changes, and the SGPC was not a portion of any system to get Christians into Sikhism.
- Then, encouraged by its prosperity, the Sangh is surprisingly holding a progression of 'dharm jagran' yatras over the outskirt regions of Punjab throughout the following one month, where it will showcase people who have 'returned', and lead more 'ghar wapsi' services. The yatras will touch gurdwaras and Valmiki sanctuaries, and neighborhood granthis have been reached to help with the services.
At Mohan Nagar, a Dalit basti in Khemkaran where right around 70 for each penny of tenants are Christians, Kinder Kaur, a dowager who has reconverted, said, "We changed over (to Christianity) in light of the fact that we were informed that my spouse would be cured of his disease. He kicked the bucket in 2011.
- Three months prior, the RSS inspired us to end up Sikhs once more. I have additionally changed the names of my youngsters from Thomas and Rebecca to Sumeet and Kuljit."
At the little town of Machike, 3 km from the fringe, 60-year-old Gandhi Slam, a day by day wager, said he was destined to Christian folks. "We were initially Valmikis. Presently after my 'ghar wapsi', we love as per Hindu ceremonies."
- Latest 'ghar wapsis' are occurring in the Mazhabi Sikh group. Believers to Christianity are coming back to gurdwaras, though Valmiki proselytes are re-changing over to Hinduism. The RSS has likewise distinguished groups like the Rai Sikhs, the Mahasha biradari and Ravi Dassias, from where people changed over to Christianity.
Says Dinesh, who heads the 'ghar wapas pariyojana' in Punjab, "It is just a year ago that we took up the Punjab venture vigorously. We have done a key position insightful activity to see which territories require pressing consideration."
- Hoshiarpur locale has seen the most 'ghar wapsis', trailed by Amritsar and Batala. Services occur during the time in gurdwaras and sanctuaries, generally in the devastated pockets of fringe locale like Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Ferozepur.
Since station victimization Dalits is seen to be the primary explanation behind the changes, the RSS has started including upper position overwhelmed Hindu associations and establishments in Dalit programs. "Some Valmiki youth are additionally being distinguished for preparing as pujaris, and will be given charge of sanctuaries in the state," says Dinesh.
- Volunteers depict Christian schools as "nooks of transformation". Gandhi Ram's 'ghar wapsi' included taking an interest in a havan in a sanctuary, where a cleric did the 'mukti mala way' for the little gathering of 20 individuals who "gave back" that day. He was given a memento with Om on it, and 'ganga jal' was sprinkled on him.
Those "returning" to Sikhism are taken to a gurdwara where they look for absolution for straying from their religion. They are then respected with a siropa, and the granthi conducts a paath for them.
- The Panthic (religious) emergency in Punjab proceeds with the Panj Pyaras (five top picks of the Master) and the Akal Takht Jathedars neglecting to determine the contention over acquittal to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, leader of the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda. Despite the fact that the Akal Takht repudiated the exculpation under weight from different quarters on 16 October, the issue declines to subside. The spoiling of the duplicates of the Heavenly Granth Sahib has just added fuel to
Trouble started a month ago when in an unexpected move on 24 September, the Akal Takht Jathedars announced that they had pardoned the Dera Sacha Sauda chief. He was charged with blasphemy for dressing like Guru Gobind Singh. They said it was done on the basis of the clarification received from the latter. A wide section of Sikhs reacted angrily and there were protests all over the state.
- It was asserted that the choice had been taken by the Akal Takht under weight from the Akali Dal which was anticipating some sort of settlement with the Dera before the 2017 get together decisions. Dera Sacha Sauda has an immense following in Punjab, particularly in the Malwa area. The Dera's backing had been significant for the triumph of the Congress in the 2007 gathering decisions.
- Akali Dal pioneers rushed to prevent the charge from securing any comprehension with the Dera, yet there were very few takers for this. It is generally trusted that Akali Dal controls the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Panel (SGPC) and every one of its choices are impacted by the Akalis.
Angry with the choice of the Akal Takht, the Panj Pyaras passed a `Gurmatta' (determination) to summon the Sikh esteemed ministers, including the Akali Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, before the incomparable fleeting seat of Sikhism for addressing. The `Panj Pyaras' requested their abdication as they had conflicted with the fundamentals of Sikhism. In the event that they didn't give their acquiescence, the Panj Pyaras requested that the SGPC sack them.
- The Akal Takht jathedars declined to oblige. Rather, in a sensational unforeseen development the SGPC suspended the 'Panj Pyaras'. Its leader Avtar Singh Makkar said the choice to summon the jathedaras was against Panthic conventions and maryada (principles) of the Akal Takht. While three of the `Panj Pyaras' were requested that answer to the Sikh Mission office at Hapur in Uttar Pradesh, two of them were moved to Kurukshetra in Haryana. As per Satnam Singh, one of the Panj Pyaras, the suspension was not substantial as SGPC administration principles did not matter to them.
It prompted another round of challenges against the SGPC.
- In the interim, the episode of spoiling of the Heavenly Granth Sahib occurred and there were a few examples of the pages of the Sacred Book being torn in diverse parts of Punjab. Numerous in the group associated the hand with Dera Sacha Sauda in it. Be that as it may, it negated the charge, sentenced the occurrence and engaged the general population to keep up peace and quiet. In any case, the dissents proceeded with unabated and the police needed to turn to terminating in Kotkapura bringing about death of two persons at Faridkot and damage to more than 60 individuals.
- "Sikh" in the Punjabi dialect signifies 'devotee', Sikhs are the devotees of God who take after the works and teachings of the Ten Sikh Masters. The intelligence of these teachings in Sri Master Granth Sahib are reasonable and general in their speak to all humanity.
"I watch neither Hindu fasting nor the custom of the Muslim Ramadan month; Him I serve who at the last should save. The Ruler of universe of the Hindus, Gosain and Allah to me are one; From Hindus and Muslims have I broken free. I perform neither Kaaba journey nor at showering spots love; One sole Ruler I serve, and no other. I perform neither the Hindu adore nor the Muslim supplication to God; To the Sole Nebulous Master in my heart I bow. We nor are Hindus nor Muslims; Our body and life fit in with the One Preeminent Being who alone is both Ram and Allah for us." (Master Arjan Dev, Master Granth Sahib, Raga Bhairon pg. 1136)
- "Any person who reliably has faith in: (i) One Interminable Being, (ii) Ten Masters, from Master Nanak to Master Gobind Singh, (iii) The Master Granth Sahib, (iv) The articulations and teachings of the ten Masters and, (v) the submersion handed down by the tenth Master, and who does not owe constancy to whatever other religion is a Sikh." (Rehat Maryada, Sikh Set of accepted rules)
History and Practices
- The originator of the Sikh religion was Master Nanak who was conceived in 1469. He lectured a message of affection and understanding and reprimanded the visually impaired customs of the Hindus and Muslims. Master Nanak went on his edified authority of this new religion to nine progressive Masters. The last living Master, Master Gobind Singh kicked the bucket in 1708.
- Amid his lifetime Master Gobind Singh set up the Khalsa request (signifying 'The Immaculate'), warrior holy people. The Khalsa maintain the most astounding Sikh ideals of duty, commitment and a social cognizant. The Khalsa are men and ladies who have experienced the Sikh absolution service and who entirely take after the Sikh Implicit rules and Traditions and wear the recommended physical articles of the confidence. One of the more observable being the uncut hair (required to be secured with a turban for men) and the Kirpan (stately sword).
- Prior to his passing in 1708 Master Gobind Singh announced that the Sikhs no more required a living and delegated his profound successor as Sri Master Granth Sahib, his physical successor as the Khalsa. Master Gobind Singh felt that all the astuteness required by Sikhs for otherworldly direction in their every day lives could be found in Sri Master Granth Sahib, the Unceasing Master of the Sikhs. Sri Master Granth Sahib is interesting in the realm of religious sacred texts on the grounds that not just is it concurred the status of being the otherworldly leader of the Sikh religion, however adjacent to the verse of the Masters, it additionally contains the works of holy people of different beliefs whose musings were steady with those of the Sikh Masters.
- Sikhism does not have ministers, which were canceled by Master Gobind Singh. The Master felt that they had ended up degenerate and loaded with inner self. Sikhs just have caretakers of the Master Granth Sahib (granthi), and any Sikh is allowed to peruse the Master Granth Sahib in the Gurdwara (a Sikh sanctuary) or in their home. All individuals of all religions are welcome to the Gurdwara. A free group kitchen can be found at each Gurdwara which serves dinners to all individuals of all beliefs. Master Nanak initially began this foundation which plot the fundamental Sikh standards of administration, modesty and fairness.
The most noteworthy verifiable religious place for the Sikhs is Harmiandir Sahib (The Brilliant Sanctuary) at Amritsar in the condition of Punjab in northern India. It is the rousing and verifiable focal point of Sikhism however is not an obligatory spot of journey or love. All spots where Sri Master Granth Sahib are introduced are considered similarly heavenly for Sikhs.