The declaration for Siri Akal Thakht Jathedar of Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara was clearly extremely popular. I personally see him as a Panthik hero. However without passing any judgement of Bhai Dhian Singh Mand, as his family is full of kurbanee…surely it should be the decision of Jathedar Jagtar Singh Hawara who he chooses as his representative while he is incarcerated.
Then we heard the third jathedar named as Baljit Singh Daduwal. A decision which I feel will backfire on those who made it behind closed doors. It was comical how he went from sant baba to bhai to jathedar in a matter of minutes. This was the low for the event, especially as many involved behind the scenes know the name put forward by many was Bhai Paramjit Singh Khalsa Anandpur Sahib.
Apart from this for me there were huge positives from the events of that day –
As a Khalsa Panth, we are in a far better situation than earlier in the year, where cynicism was rife and disillusionment which no plan. At least now there is a clear pathway to developing a worldwide Sangat based structure for the Khalsa Panth based on Gurmat principles.
It is now for us to move beyond personalities involved and develop policies and procedures to guide the Panth for generations to come, so that regardless of the times, the Khalsa Panth leadership can be intelligent, diligent, humble, brave, dynamic and wise, as was expected by Guru Maharaj.
For this the Khalsa Panth needs to reflect on three areas:-
1) Process for organisation of Sarbat Khalsa 2016.
2) A transparent and structured selection process for Jathedar.
3) The implementation of the World Sikh Parliament.
Lastly, we need to ensure that the Jathedari of Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara is not a symbolic one. He has proven himself to be wise, dynamic and a great organiser. If the Panth can give him a chance to lead without nonsense headaches, despite his incarceration I am sure he will prove himself very capable. I am sure GOI will attack him using other freedom fighter and their letters, as has been done before. But we as a Panth should now make his freedom as campaign as was seen in South Africa for Nelson Mandela. On Bandi Shor Divas, this is what SOPW/Sikh Relief have worked hard for and Gursikhs like Bapu Surat Singh have been sacrificing for.