Welcome to SPN

Register and Join the most happening forum of Sikh community & intellectuals from around the world.

Sign Up Now!
  1.   Become a Supporter    ::   Make a Contribution   
    Target (Recurring Monthly): $200 :: Achieved: $98

SGPC voter forms have caste column

Discussion in 'Hard Talk' started by Archived_Member16, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. Archived_Member16

    Expand Collapse
    SPNer Contributor

    Jan 7, 2005
    Likes Received:
    SGPC voter forms have caste column

    IP Singh, TNN, Jun 13, 2010, 06.58am IST

    <!-- google_ad_section_start -->JALANDHAR: A few days after SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar exhorted Sikhs not to mention their caste during the census as the same was against Sikh ideology, it has come to light that voter forms published for SGPC elections have a column for specifying whether a person belongs to any scheduled caste.

    Meanwhile, conditions prescribed in the forms for voters are being termed incomplete by Sikh leaders, who are holding that some crucial lacunae have been left out, which could be exploited by vested interests who do not completely follow the definition of a “Sikh” as mentioned in Sikh Rehat Maryada.

    The voter form published by the Gurdwara Election Commission says at the end that a voter from scheduled castes should specifically mention whether he is an SC as prescribed by Article 341 of the Constitution.

    “This is against Sikh principles and is not required at all,” said Manjit Singh Calcutta, former secretary general of SGPC, who has written to chief commissioner, gurdwara elections, seeking clarifications on these issues. “Any enumeration on the basis of caste is taboo in the Sikh panth. The rights of the weaker and backward sections of society are completely protected in the Sikh Gurdwara Act by provision of reserved seats. Any enumeration of votes on the basis of Manu’s caste system is anathema in the Sikh religion,” he said, demanding withdrawal of voter forms that were violative of Sikh ideology.

    He also pointed out there was no provision for an affidavit that the information furnished by the voter was true and signature and stamp of the officer accepting the forms was also missing. “Without an affidavit, how can any voter giving wrong information be prosecuted as stated by chief commissioner Gurdwara elections?” he questioned.

    He held that while according to clauses 9 and 10 of Section 2 of Sikh Gurdwara Act 1925, a Sikh is one who faithfully believes in one immortal God, 10 gurus from Guru Nanak Dev to Guru Gobind Singh, Guru Granth Sahib and who does not owe allegiance to any other religion or to any personal Guru, the grave error is omission of a qualifying condition in the form.

    source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/SGPC-voter-forms-have-caste-column/articleshow/6042661.cms
  2. Loading...

  3. spnadmin

    spnadmin United States
    Expand Collapse
    1947-2014 (Archived)
    SPNer Supporter

    Jun 17, 2004
    Likes Received:
  4. dalbirk

    Expand Collapse
    SPNer Supporter

    May 24, 2008
    Likes Received:
    A very shameful error ( if it really is ) . Guru Nanak & Sikh Gurus sought a casteless society where each & everyone is equal , if any CASTE IDENTIFICATION exercise is done , this will defeat the very baisis of the advent of Sikhism in the first place . Each & every Sikh is required to add SINGH / KAUR to their names so as to place them equally as well develop a sense of brotherhood among them . If we keep tagging CASTE / SURNAME to identify ourselves as someone superior or inferior , then we are going beyond the Principle of EK PITA EKAS KE HUM BARIK propagated by Guru Nanak Dev Ji as well as identifying ourselves with something other than Sikhi & which has been prohibted by Dasham Pita Ji .
    • Like Like x 2
Since you're here... we have a small favor to ask...

More people are visiting & reading SPN than ever but far fewer are paying to sustain it. Advertising revenues across the online media have fallen fast. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. Donating to SPN's is vote for free speech, for diversity of opinions, for the right of the people to stand up to religious bigotry. Without any affiliation to any organization, this constant struggle takes a lot of hard work to sustain as we entirely depend on the contributions of our esteemed writers/readers. We do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too... Fund our efforts and together we can keep the world informed about the real Sikh Sikhi Sikhism. If everyone who writes or reads our content, who likes it, helps us to pay for it, our future would be much more secure. Every Contribution Matters, Contribute Generously!

    Become a Supporter      ::     Make a Contribution     

Share This Page