Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh
Guru Ang Sang
You would know about Jay Hind and their sacrilegious episode on Fauja Singth, unless you have been living under the rock. Hmm, actually am starting this sort-of-article using a point which I cannot verify. The thing is many people were unaware of such a thing happening. I would try and give basic overview of what happened. Think of a online channel making daily shows (not for TV where there is censorship) who make fun of one and all because they have nothing to lose. They try to be reflective of the day to day happenings around the world and also pick on Fauja Singh ji. When they thought he was a popular Sikh, they bundled the ‘satire’ on him with references to 1984 Sikh genocide, Gujarat riots and lots of Bhangra. Sikh community noticed it (albeit a bit late) and reached out to the people. The amount of reach was beyond online activism and those people woke up and noticed. They apologized and took the video off. Well if people come to know this video is still there on other websites, it will restart the head-hunting for them.
I wonder what kind of review the people on the show go through and how good the editorial team is. Maybe their original sketch was much worse and they toned down parts of it and were happy that it is normal humor. They surely got a reaction they deserved, though late (video had come out in December 2011). Someone had shared an old video of Fauja Singh ji with the Germans (possibly as an aftermath). I liked the part where he says he is not running for Guinness. At least someone knows what he is doing.
One of my friends saw their other videos (the show’s anchor talked about how all their episodes are in the same light) and he found some which made bad jokes about women (particularly one about them being in space with men). Would the Sikhs protest seeing the bad jokes made on women? No, most would laugh along. There is a bit of feminist within me. It is like I side with anyone who is protesting for their cause. But then it makes me think, am I too unhappy with this life? Aren’t we gifted with happiness, food and shelter? Well I think we all need self respect too, among many other things. I feel that Sikhs lack respect in this world. The question is, do we deserve the respect we seek? Looking at the foul-mouthed reaction of people to the video online, I don’t think so.
We don’t let anything really pass by. And now when these people are apologizing we want to put a case on them. To make an example of things so that the coming generation of Sikhs does not suffer. We are doing a lot for the next generation. I am thinking of the legacy that has been left to us by Gurus. The time to be part of it is now. Not tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes. I was wondering before if I could have superpowers. Like a Superman, I would fight all those who pose threat to Sikhi. I would bring justice where we have no hope of one. I would sort out all issues which plague us. Then I sat down and realized, that would make me a villain in the eyes of many.
Being villain in the eyes of an individual means you have defeated the purpose. That is not what heroism is about. That is not what Sikhi is about. We are being too selfish, thinking only about our community. If we think about the world as a whole, what is wrong and what is right, we can bring much better change. For every non Sikh who makes fun of us, we have people who cut their hair and openly de-value the religion. At that point we say no we are not Sikh but Punjabi community. We go from one label to another but we can’t be selfless human beings. We are plagued by our needs and wants. And most of the times, we collectively spread this plague.
Guru Nanak didn’t belong to one community. He was there for the betterment of the whole humanity. He gave us food for thought, a purpose and helped us realize the Truth. We are again losing touch with reality. A lot of time has passed since Guru Gobind Singh left us. Guru Granth Sahib sits in so many diwans around the world, but rarely someone comes and talks to them. The attendance at Guru Sahib’s diwan has diminished for sure. I was thinking how would you define a Sikh? As a somewhat comprehensive definition, I felt maybe someone who consults Guru Sahib before every thought, decision and action. But do we do that?
No we don’t. And I feel after all those comments on FB, Youtube, hate mails and threats on phone calls. If we would do Paath of Japuji Sahib or Sukhmani, we would be forced to think… what are we doing? What are we trying to achieve and by what means?
Gurbani says :
ਤੇਰੀ ਭਗਤਿ ਨ ਛੋਡਉ ਭਾਵੈ ਲੋਗੁ ਹਸੈ ॥
Guru Sahib is well aware of the challenges the Sikhs will face. We will be laughed upon. People will make jokes on us, whether we do Paath all the time, do bhangra wildly at weddings, act weird after drinking or try to be brave and show anger. As a community, I don’t know what people are doing or what they should be doing. A Sikh is known only by Bhagti. It is like this little cocoon of Naam Simran and Dhyan, where we strive to be. Once inside nothing should disturb us, I hope so. I believe in Guru Granth Sahib. And if we come out pre-mature out of this cocoon, we don’t become butterflies and fly away. We suffer and die.
ਜਿਉ ਪ੍ਰਾਣੀ ਜਲ ਬਿਨੁ ਹੈ ਮਰਤਾ ਤਿਉ ਸਿਖੁ ਗੁਰ ਬਿਨੁ ਮਰਿ ਜਾਈ ॥੧੫॥
Yes Khalsa Ji, we are born mortals, but in Sikhi the only way to pull our plug is to pull us away from Guru and Gurbani. Don’t let anyone do that to us.