Youth Slate Victory in Surrey: Beyond Media Interference

we_are_all_sikhs.jpgAlthough Gurdwara elections are usually not celebratory topics, the news surrounding the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey is especially noteworthy. We have covered the topic in the past a few times and the results seem to be in (again). The Youth Slate wins (again).

An overwhelming reason the story is worthy of discussion is due to the Canadian national media own interference and frequently call for Sikhs to vote against the fundamentalist/conservative slate. Statements such as these were far too common:

If elected, a slate of Sikh youth fundamentalist candidates could overturn a long moderate tradition of using tables and chairs for temple mealtimes.[link]

Well the community decided again and returned the fundamentalist candidates. I wonder if the Canadian media has ever delved and chose sides and support in church elections in the past? For some reason, I have a feeling this is rather a unique scenario. Although the media may not like the results the community speaks for itself.

The new committee under Bikramjit Singhwill have a lot of work to do. They hardly built confidence after the last election, when it was discovered there were irregularities in their nomination processes. Still their agenda is broad and may have long-term ramifications in Surrey.

Regardless a victory of the community over the Canadian media’s portrayals and desire for specific results. Now we wait and see. The real work is about to begin.


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14 Responses to “Youth Slate Victory in Surrey: Beyond Media Interference”

  1. Aman says:

    Way to go to the youth slate. Bhai Bikramjit Singh is a very divine soul, I wish him well in his new role.

  2. Aman says:

    Way to go to the youth slate. Bhai Bikramjit Singh is a very divine soul, I wish him well in his new role.

  3. B.Singh says:

    we are all Sikhs, lets not be confused by left-wing communist (so-called moderates) bad preachings ever.

  4. B.Singh says:

    we are all Sikhs, lets not be confused by left-wing communist (so-called moderates) bad preachings ever.

  5. anon says:

    Just an inquiry, is Bikramjit Singh not the one who kicked Laibar Singh out of a Gurdwara?

  6. anon says:

    Just an inquiry, is Bikramjit Singh not the one who kicked Laibar Singh out of a Gurdwara?

  7. […] they love to hate us. I probably wouldn’t have looked twice or even noticed had I not read Jodha’s post @ The Langar Hall, where he wrote a bit about the media interference throughout the election. Thinking maybe, just […]

  8. Deep Singh says:

    Yes, he did kick him out. Very unfortunate and something that will have to be brought up in public discourse, so I believe should be done.

  9. Deep Singh says:

    Yes, he did kick him out. Very unfortunate and something that will have to be brought up in public discourse, so I believe should be done.

  10. P.Singh says:

    Deep Singh – I disagree.

    First, living in B.C. and being somewhat familiar with the Laibar Singh case, you can be certain there was very little that was simple and straightforward with what was going on. Whether it was Laibar Singh's medical condition and his real reasons for being in Canada, the shuffling between a number of gurdwaras (and the closed-door discussions the different gurdwaras executives had with each other), court-ordered deportation, and all the legal twisties therein, it is far too simple to say Bikramjit Singh decided to kick Laiber Singh out.

    Second, let's focus on the subject at hand. If anyone wants to discuss Laiber Singh, there are other threads on this site.

    cont…

  11. P.Singh says:

    cont…

    This victory by the Youth Slate is huge for the Sikh community. The dominating fashion in which the Youth Slate won, under Bikramjit Singh's leadership, demonstrates the community being sick and tired of the old gurdwara paradigm and the old "moderate" slate. The community wanted change, the Youth Slate promised it, with a well-thought out structure for implementing that change, and approx. 2/3rds of the voters supported them.

    Where the "moderate" slate, unfortunately, ran on a platform based on personal attacks, outright lies, and kept harping on the tired "table and chairs" issue, the Youth Slate focused on bringing all Sikhs together, and put forward a 5 point plan focusing on: Youth, Seniors, Women's Issues, Spirituality, and Unity.

    The massive margin of victory speaks for itself.

  12. P.Singh says:

    Deep Singh – I disagree.

    First, living in B.C. and being somewhat familiar with the Laibar Singh case, you can be certain there was very little that was simple and straightforward with what was going on. Whether it was Laibar Singh's medical condition and his real reasons for being in Canada, the shuffling between a number of gurdwaras (and the closed-door discussions the different gurdwaras executives had with each other), court-ordered deportation, and all the legal twisties therein, it is far too simple to say Bikramjit Singh decided to kick Laiber Singh out.

    Second, let's focus on the subject at hand. If anyone wants to discuss Laiber Singh, there are other threads on this site.

    cont…

  13. P.Singh says:

    cont…

    This victory by the Youth Slate is huge for the Sikh community. The dominating fashion in which the Youth Slate won, under Bikramjit Singh's leadership, demonstrates the community being sick and tired of the old gurdwara paradigm and the old "moderate" slate. The community wanted change, the Youth Slate promised it, with a well-thought out structure for implementing that change, and approx. 2/3rds of the voters supported them.

    Where the "moderate" slate, unfortunately, ran on a platform based on personal attacks, outright lies, and kept harping on the tired "table and chairs" issue, the Youth Slate focused on bringing all Sikhs together, and put forward a 5 point plan focusing on: Youth, Seniors, Women's Issues, Spirituality, and Unity.

    The massive margin of victory speaks for itself.

  14. […] coverage on The Langar Hall led us to celebrate the victory in Surrey of the YOUTH SLATE. Now here in the United States we have the formation of the SIKH […]