BIRMINGHAM, UK—Yesterday, delegates from wide range of Sikh organisations from across the globe participated in a World Sikh Summit hosted by the Federation of Sikh Organisations (FSO) to deliberate on the current Punjab Crisis. All the representing Sikh bodies unanimously agreed on resolutions during the Summit that were all passed with great fevour by the Sikh Sangat attending the convention this afternoon.
The successful World Sikh Summit was held at Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick. The FSO held the event so that Sikhs from around the world could meet and collectively consider the issues affecting the Panth and the way forward. On Saturday 31 October delegates from UK, Europe, Canada, Australia and Newzealand discussed and deliberated on three areas. Firstly, short term challenges the Sikhs are facing, which included recent decisions made by the current SGPC ‘appointed’ Jathedars actions necessary to prevent the sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Secondly, medium term considerations, which included the appointment of Jathedars, establishing a better SGPC and new Government for Punjab. Lastly, longer term ambitions, which included the possibility of establishing a World Sikh Parliament, exercising our right to self determination and establishing a sovereign Sikh homeland.
Today, hundreds of Sikhs representing various Sikh bodies and organisations, attended the convention where representatives of the the World Sikh Summit presented their ideas and announced the ten agreed resolutions for the Sikh Sangat to pass. The Sikh Sangat showed full support of all the agreed resolutions by putting their hands in the air and with loud Jaikaras (Bole So Nihal: Sat Sri Akal!)
Below is a summary of the resolutions:
Resolution 1: A promise to commitment to work towards the Sikh nation’s goal for self-determination and sovereign Sikh rule.
Resolution 2: In response to treachary committed against the Sikh nation by Chief Minister Prakash Badal, Akal Dal President Sukhbir Badal and SGPC President Avtar Makkar, the name ‘Singh’ should be removed from their names and should be awarded with the title ‘Gadar-E-Quam’ (Traitor of the Nation). Their recently given titles of ‘Fakar-E-Quam’ (Pride of the Nation) and ‘Shiromani Sevak’ (Supreme Servant) awards are removed.
Resolution 3: Social boycott of Badal’s party, the SGPC and Akali Dal (Badal) members. Call for the Chief Minister and President of Akali Dal to give their resignations. Removal of the ‘appointed’ Jathedars of the five Takhts from their position and a social boycott of all five of them for their anti-Sikh actions and betrayal of the Sikh nation.
Resolution 4: To unite Sikhs worldwide a Sikh World Parliament should be made and in the long term form a ‘World Sikh Bank’.
Resolution 5: The Sarbat Khalsa will select Jathedars of the Takhts which reflects the sentiments of the global Sikh community. The SGPC does not represent the global Sikh community and only has the responsibility of managing Punjab’s Sikh shrines and some neighbouring states.
Resolution 6: It is strongly emphasised that the Sarbat Khalsa set to take place in Punjab should be called called with full agreement of all Sikh organisations and institutions.
Resolution 7: The strictest action should be taken against the individuals of the Punjab Police that fired bullets at the Sikh gathering of peaceful protestors that were demonstrating against the sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. The innocent Sikhs arrested and falsely framed for the sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji should be immediately released.
Resolution 8: A commitment to the 29th April 1986 declaration of Sikh Self-Rule and an appeal to mark the 30 year anniversary of this declaration across the world globally.
In addition to the resolutions, the FSO urged all Sikhs to not celebrate Divali (Bandi Chhor) with fireworks or lights and to hold a ‘Black Divali’ in response to the recent pained events in Punjab. The highly controversial Indian PM, Narendra Modi, is set to come to the UK on 12th and 13th November. All UK Sikhs were urged to attend a peaceful protest that was planned to take place outside the Houses of Parliament in response to the worsening violence and intolerance against India’s minorities and growing right-wing Hindu fascism and terrorism.