One Panth

Tragedies have a way of uniting people. As did 1984 for Sikhs. In the 25 years since, divisions have again formed in the panth. But a great new initiative in Toronto is asking people to put aside the differences that keep us apart and unite in remembering 1984. [Hat tip: Mapleleaf Sikh]

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One Panth will be an afternoon or evening of movies screened for free in Brampton this November, with performances by local Sikh artists during interludes.

As Sikhs, the time has come to put our differences aside. Rather than focusing on what divides us, we need to find our common bonds. The One Panth movement will work with all willing individuals and groups to organize initiatives that bring the Sikh community together to support a common cause. The 1984 event is hopefully the first of many such endeavours. [One Panth]

Events in remembrance are happening worldwide- from traveling film festivals, marches, and nagar kirtans to lectures and spoken word events. I hope to see this spirit of unity in remembrance spread.

Updated 10/07/09-

When: From 2 to 8 PM on Sunday November 15, 2009
Where: At the (Brand New) Chandni Convention Centre, 5 Gateway Drive, Brampton, ON


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30 Responses to “One Panth”

  1. sonny says:

    this is very refreshing. wish i could be up in toronto for the event but will certainly spread around this video. thanks for posting.

  2. Roger Mangat says:

    For whatever reasons the initiative for One Panth is comendable.At least it is welcome compared to the 1980s when all one could see,was fighting & quarrelling in the comunity.Although this initiave is partisan for obvious reasons,people involved in it should remember that the Panth includes the officers & jawans of indian army which took part in operation blue star.

  3. sonny says:

    this is very refreshing. wish i could be up in toronto for the event but will certainly spread around this video. thanks for posting.

  4. Roger Mangat says:

    For whatever reasons the initiative for One Panth is comendable.At least it is welcome compared to the 1980s when all one could see,was fighting & quarrelling in the comunity.Although this initiave is partisan for obvious reasons,people involved in it should remember that the Panth includes the officers & jawans of indian army which took part in operation blue star.

  5. Harinder says:

    SIkhs have often fought on both sidesof fence showing that truth is not a copy right of any one thought.
    Eg :-
    In world war -11 though many sikhs participatied with the allied forces .
    General Sir Frank Messervy wrote :—
    —"In the last two world wars 83,005 turban wearing Sikh soldiers were killed and 109,045 were wounded. They all died or were wounded for the freedom of Britain and the world, and during shell fire, with no other protection but the turban, the symbol of their faith."

    On the other side of fence In the Indian Liberation Army, out of the 20,000 ranks and officers, 12,000 (60%) were Sikhs

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikh

    What this means is that Sikhs dont subscribe to the Coherence theory or Consensus theory of truth but to the Pluralist theories of "TRUTH"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth

  6. Harinder says:

    SIkhs have often fought on both sidesof fence showing that truth is not a copy right of any one thought.
    Eg :-
    In world war -11 though many sikhs participatied with the allied forces .
    General Sir Frank Messervy wrote :—
    —"In the last two world wars 83,005 turban wearing Sikh soldiers were killed and 109,045 were wounded. They all died or were wounded for the freedom of Britain and the world, and during shell fire, with no other protection but the turban, the symbol of their faith."

    On the other side of fence In the Indian Liberation Army, out of the 20,000 ranks and officers, 12,000 (60%) were Sikhs

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikh

    What this means is that Sikhs dont subscribe to the Coherence theory or Consensus theory of truth but to the Pluralist theories of "TRUTH"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth

  7. Asingh says:

    Great video. Only thing that concerns me is that all we do as a people is talk, and have meetings and conventions about our problems. Now there is nothing wrong with bringing social awarness but there is never action behind it. We will talk about 1984 til we turn blue in the face but I promise you very few people are actually gonna go to India and help the victims of that tragedy, by donating medical services/counseling, or money, food other services that the victims might need. I dont know how many songs I have heard now about how strong we are, or that we are lions, or we need change but guess what, there is no change without action. Talking about it aint being about it. Same things with these meetings I have seen. They all end the same. People get all worked up talk all day, rap, sing whatever and then hop into there expensive cars and go home and sleep. Sikhs in India need action not talk.

  8. Asingh says:

    Great video. Only thing that concerns me is that all we do as a people is talk, and have meetings and conventions about our problems. Now there is nothing wrong with bringing social awarness but there is never action behind it. We will talk about 1984 til we turn blue in the face but I promise you very few people are actually gonna go to India and help the victims of that tragedy, by donating medical services/counseling, or money, food other services that the victims might need. I dont know how many songs I have heard now about how strong we are, or that we are lions, or we need change but guess what, there is no change without action. Talking about it aint being about it. Same things with these meetings I have seen. They all end the same. People get all worked up talk all day, rap, sing whatever and then hop into there expensive cars and go home and sleep. Sikhs in India need action not talk.

  9. SSINGH says:

    Asingh,

    The simple reality is that if no cares about what happened in 1984, no one is going to do anything about 1984. While there is a small minority of people who have kept the memory alive, the majority of Sikhs have lapsed into complacency. Few kids born after 1984 know much about what happened. So until people start giving a damn again, no medical services, counselling or money are going to flow anywhere. This is a two step process and events like the one described above help get the ball rolling so initiatives, like the ones you've described above, can find the resources necessary to be undertaken.

  10. SSINGH says:

    Asingh,

    The simple reality is that if no cares about what happened in 1984, no one is going to do anything about 1984. While there is a small minority of people who have kept the memory alive, the majority of Sikhs have lapsed into complacency. Few kids born after 1984 know much about what happened. So until people start giving a damn again, no medical services, counselling or money are going to flow anywhere. This is a two step process and events like the one described above help get the ball rolling so initiatives, like the ones you've described above, can find the resources necessary to be undertaken.

  11. Meena says:

    Roger, that Panth includes all Sikhs. We are an inclusive community and religion. Sikh officers during Operation Blue Star (the correct name is Battle of Amritsar 1984) are guilty of killing innocent, civilians / pilgrims. This is contrary to international law, army law as well as religion. It was their responsibility as officers to stop unnecessary killing and butchering by jawans. Officers should be courtmartialed and stripped of their offices and honours and in a democracy this would have happened by now. However since India is lower on the scale of civilization and mental development that is a pipe dream. I doubt whether the Panth would or does accept them as their own. They have discredited the Indian Army, the Indian nation as well as the Sikh community.

  12. Meena says:

    Roger, that Panth includes all Sikhs. We are an inclusive community and religion. Sikh officers during Operation Blue Star (the correct name is Battle of Amritsar 1984) are guilty of killing innocent, civilians / pilgrims. This is contrary to international law, army law as well as religion. It was their responsibility as officers to stop unnecessary killing and butchering by jawans. Officers should be courtmartialed and stripped of their offices and honours and in a democracy this would have happened by now. However since India is lower on the scale of civilization and mental development that is a pipe dream. I doubt whether the Panth would or does accept them as their own. They have discredited the Indian Army, the Indian nation as well as the Sikh community.

  13. Harinder says:

    If u call it the " Battle of Amritsar" then tell me a battle in world in which civilians/worshippers were not killed.
    Why do we feel bad about the dead till today.
    It is like the Germans feelng bad about loosing WW 11 to allies or napolean to Anglo-Allied army.
    Batlles are after all;
    all about life and death are they not ?

  14. Harinder says:

    If u call it the " Battle of Amritsar" then tell me a battle in world in which civilians/worshippers were not killed.
    Why do we feel bad about the dead till today.
    It is like the Germans feelng bad about loosing WW 11 to allies or napolean to Anglo-Allied army.
    Batlles are after all;
    all about life and death are they not ?

  15. David Khanna says:

    Harinder, my friend – depending on which part of India you live in, you might be able to find some courses in critical thinking which will benefit your immensely. However I will try and help you at little this time around.

    1. Civilian casualities occur in all battles. The civilians killed during the attack on the Golden Temple, where unarmed, hands tied behind their backs and shot at point blank range by the army. This is not casually of war, but war crimes and punishable at the international criminal court for crimes against humanity.

    "The army which had suffered a heavy toll in the 3 days of battle went berserk and killed every Sikh man, women and child who could be found inside the temple complex. They were hauled out of the rooms, brought to corridors on the circumference of the temple and with their hands tied behind their backs, were shot in cold blood."
    Pettigrew, Joyce. "The Sikhs of the Panjab: Unheard Voices of the State and Guerrilla Violence" (1995), p. 8.

    “The Operation Bluestar was not only envisioned and rehearsed in advance, meticulously and in total secrecy, it also aimed at obtaining maximum number of Sikh victims, largely devout pilgrims unconnected with the political agitation. The facts should speak for themselves.”
    Ram Narayan Kumar, The Sikh Struggle and The Sikh Unrest & The Indian State, Ajanta Books International, Delhi, 1997.

    2. Regarding this being a Battle of Amrtisar. That is correct – the brave Singhs were protecting their religion and fought gallantly to the deaths.

    A.R. Darshi (A Hindu, Former Joint Secretary to the Punjab Government): "The Sikh fighters had no line of communication and source of supply. They were totally cut off from the state. the country and the world. They were completely besieged in the Golden Temple Complex, particularly inside the Akal Takht. Supply of electricity and water was cut off. They had no reserves to reinforce their positions. They had nothing to eat but roasted grains, nothing to drink but their own sweat oozed from their bodies due to scorch¬ing heat. They had no place to answer the call of nature. They could not sleep for seven days and seven nights. They were exhausted and weared out under these horri¬ble conditions. On the other hand Indian Army had all sorts of provisions, facilities, reserves and what not. Yet the Sikhs fought gallantly and demonstrated their remarkable valour, courage and fighting skill. Yet they held the well equipped Indian Army at bay for five days and gave it a bloody reply, the reply which the Army would remember for ever. Had the militant Sikhs been equally armed, had their numerical strength been even one-tenths of the Indian Army, they would have pushed the Army up to Delhi or even beyond Jamuna…. The entire credit for this exemplary valour goes to Sant Bhindranwale who had enthused and inspired the Sikhs to fight for their rights and defend their faith." Darshi, A.R. The Gallant Defender, 1999, Ch. 8.

    I have read your posts and they show either a lack of any understanding of the issues on your or a deliberate attempt to be mischievous. Either way it is not appreciate and you need to re-think your strategy because it is becoming tiring.

    Are you the Harinder from Bangalore? Same style, same comments…strange!

  16. David Khanna says:

    Harinder, my friend – depending on which part of India you live in, you might be able to find some courses in critical thinking which will benefit your immensely. However I will try and help you at little this time around.

    1. Civilian casualities occur in all battles. The civilians killed during the attack on the Golden Temple, where unarmed, hands tied behind their backs and shot at point blank range by the army. This is not casually of war, but war crimes and punishable at the international criminal court for crimes against humanity.

    "The army which had suffered a heavy toll in the 3 days of battle went berserk and killed every Sikh man, women and child who could be found inside the temple complex. They were hauled out of the rooms, brought to corridors on the circumference of the temple and with their hands tied behind their backs, were shot in cold blood."
    Pettigrew, Joyce. "The Sikhs of the Panjab: Unheard Voices of the State and Guerrilla Violence" (1995), p. 8.

    “The Operation Bluestar was not only envisioned and rehearsed in advance, meticulously and in total secrecy, it also aimed at obtaining maximum number of Sikh victims, largely devout pilgrims unconnected with the political agitation. The facts should speak for themselves.”
    Ram Narayan Kumar, The Sikh Struggle and The Sikh Unrest & The Indian State, Ajanta Books International, Delhi, 1997.

    2. Regarding this being a Battle of Amrtisar. That is correct – the brave Singhs were protecting their religion and fought gallantly to the deaths.

    A.R. Darshi (A Hindu, Former Joint Secretary to the Punjab Government): "The Sikh fighters had no line of communication and source of supply. They were totally cut off from the state. the country and the world. They were completely besieged in the Golden Temple Complex, particularly inside the Akal Takht. Supply of electricity and water was cut off. They had no reserves to reinforce their positions. They had nothing to eat but roasted grains, nothing to drink but their own sweat oozed from their bodies due to scorch¬ing heat. They had no place to answer the call of nature. They could not sleep for seven days and seven nights. They were exhausted and weared out under these horri¬ble conditions. On the other hand Indian Army had all sorts of provisions, facilities, reserves and what not. Yet the Sikhs fought gallantly and demonstrated their remarkable valour, courage and fighting skill. Yet they held the well equipped Indian Army at bay for five days and gave it a bloody reply, the reply which the Army would remember for ever. Had the militant Sikhs been equally armed, had their numerical strength been even one-tenths of the Indian Army, they would have pushed the Army up to Delhi or even beyond Jamuna…. The entire credit for this exemplary valour goes to Sant Bhindranwale who had enthused and inspired the Sikhs to fight for their rights and defend their faith." Darshi, A.R. The Gallant Defender, 1999, Ch. 8.

    I have read your posts and they show either a lack of any understanding of the issues on your or a deliberate attempt to be mischievous. Either way it is not appreciate and you need to re-think your strategy because it is becoming tiring.

    Are you the Harinder from Bangalore? Same style, same comments…strange!

  17. Harinder says:

    'The cliché
    "All is fair in love and war"

    It traces its origin back to John Lyly's 'Euphues' (1578). The quote was "The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war. " John Lyly was a Renaissance English poet and playwright.
    It implies that people can suspend the law or the rules in special circumstances.'
    and if you dont like certian aspects about war then dont indulge in it.

  18. Harinder says:

    'The cliché
    "All is fair in love and war"

    It traces its origin back to John Lyly's 'Euphues' (1578). The quote was "The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war. " John Lyly was a Renaissance English poet and playwright.
    It implies that people can suspend the law or the rules in special circumstances.'
    and if you dont like certian aspects about war then dont indulge in it.

  19. Harinder says:

    Keep crying then.
    And let me tell you some famous massacres where no justice was done.

    Jews in WW -11
    Armenians by Turkey people
    Red Indians by americans
    Kashmir pundits in kahmir
    Gujratis muslims in gujrat
    Iraq Kurds
    Bangaldeshi in 1971
    and the list goes on and on.
    This is not a comprehensive list but you can read more on genocides at following sites

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genocides_in_history

    Not that I dont feel bad or consider it morally or ethically or legally wrong when innocent people are
    killed but then these are some of the hard facts of life wether u like it or not

  20. Meena says:

    Harinder, when I say get an education I don't mean use Wikipedia!!!!!This is not a credible source and is open to editing by anyone on the internet! Secondly just because other communities did not get justice, doesn't mean the Sikhs will give up. In the past we have done what others could not do. Thirdly, no one is crying – seeking and pursuing justice is not crying, it is an act of empowerment.

    But please, please, please I beg you get some education and develop critical thinking skills because it is becoming tiring discussing things with you and the level of discussion is very low. I want to be stimulated and inspired by the discussion on TLH not frustrated by people who do not think before writing.

  21. Meena says:

    Harinder, as mentioned by David Khanna further education would really help you. Rules of war have been defined by international conventions including the Geneva Convention not by plays, dramas, movies or cliches.

  22. Meena says:

    Harinder, as mentioned by David Khanna further education would really help you. Rules of war have been defined by international conventions including the Geneva Convention not by plays, dramas, movies or cliches.

  23. Harinder says:

    Keep crying then.
    And let me tell you some famous massacres where no justice was done.

    Jews in WW -11
    Armenians by Turkey people
    Red Indians by americans
    Kashmir pundits in kahmir
    Gujratis muslims in gujrat
    Iraq Kurds
    Bangaldeshi in 1971
    and the list goes on and on.
    This is not a comprehensive list but you can read more on genocides at following sites

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genocides_in_history

    Not that I dont feel bad or consider it morally or ethically or legally wrong when innocent people are
    killed but then these are some of the hard facts of life wether u like it or not

  24. Meena says:

    Harinder, when I say get an education I don't mean use Wikipedia!!!!!This is not a credible source and is open to editing by anyone on the internet! Secondly just because other communities did not get justice, doesn't mean the Sikhs will give up. In the past we have done what others could not do. Thirdly, no one is crying – seeking and pursuing justice is not crying, it is an act of empowerment.

    But please, please, please I beg you get some education and develop critical thinking skills because it is becoming tiring discussing things with you and the level of discussion is very low. I want to be stimulated and inspired by the discussion on TLH not frustrated by people who do not think before writing.

  25. Harinder says:

    What gives u a impression that your levels of discussions are high and some one elses low.
    Do you have some discussion meter ( discmeter). of measuring the levels of discussion
    As for truth of the genocides ;
    all the ones I have mentioned are from people who are still alive and so can be physically verifiied on ground.
    You dont have to get tired of me but can agree that their are many view point to a look at a story how so ever painful it be.
    I am not against your pursuing justice rather I want to be with you .
    It is a nobel goal and I wish you sucess in your venture.
    How ever I still subscrbe to the view of
    "All is fair in love and war "

  26. Harinder says:

    What gives u a impression that your levels of discussions are high and some one elses low.
    Do you have some discussion meter ( discmeter). of measuring the levels of discussion
    As for truth of the genocides ;
    all the ones I have mentioned are from people who are still alive and so can be physically verifiied on ground.
    You dont have to get tired of me but can agree that their are many view point to a look at a story how so ever painful it be.
    I am not against your pursuing justice rather I want to be with you .
    It is a nobel goal and I wish you sucess in your venture.
    How ever I still subscrbe to the view of
    "All is fair in love and war "

  27. Rani says:

    More than one person has commented on your discussion, Harinder, so it seems to be the general consensus that the points you make need more thinking. You have a tendency to appear to offer a positive point about the Sikhs and even go far as quoting Gurbani but you have an undertone to your words which is not positive. I believe that is upsetting to people because it appears you are not what you seem.

  28. Rani says:

    More than one person has commented on your discussion, Harinder, so it seems to be the general consensus that the points you make need more thinking. You have a tendency to appear to offer a positive point about the Sikhs and even go far as quoting Gurbani but you have an undertone to your words which is not positive. I believe that is upsetting to people because it appears you are not what you seem.

  29. Harinder says:

    It is natural that people will flow with the stream.
    Voices of dissent do get drowned in the majority view point.
    How ever I would be happy to answer specific points raised by me ;
    rather trying to defend my under tones which is some thing I dont understand about myself and my subconscousness.
    As for what I am one can have a insight from my comments i guess.
    I dont mean to rub any one the wrong way ;
    but can say that events of life can be seen from many different vantage points

  30. Harinder says:

    It is natural that people will flow with the stream.
    Voices of dissent do get drowned in the majority view point.
    How ever I would be happy to answer specific points raised by me ;
    rather trying to defend my under tones which is some thing I dont understand about myself and my subconscousness.
    As for what I am one can have a insight from my comments i guess.
    I dont mean to rub any one the wrong way ;
    but can say that events of life can be seen from many different vantage points