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My opinion of Sikhs? Ok, let me begin with a personal story.
Back in school, I sat on the same bench with a Sikh lad called Gurupreet Singh. We studied together, played together, ate from each other’s lunch boxes, copied from each other’s answer sheets, called each other names, once in a while punched each other up, got pulled up by the teacher, got punished together. During the school mid-term holidays, I went down to my native state, Kerala, on the southern tip of India, and he went over to his native home, Punjab, at the northern tip of India. My friend Gurupreet Singh met with an accident, and got called to God.
It is three decades now, and I still haven’t recovered from the shock. O God, why did it have to be Gurupreet Singh?! He was a bright young guy, he could have done so much for the world!
The Sikh community known for its valour, integrity, generosity, industriousness, hard work, acceptance of others, down to earth simplicity, and everything else that is good in God’s eyes. Wherever in the world they have gone, they have distinguished themselves by these qualities, and contributed immensely to the societies they are part of. For me, it has always been a privilege working with a Sikh colleague or having a Sikh friend. I regard each of them as Gurupreet Singh or Gurupreet Kaur! I regard the Sikh Gurus in the same esteem as the Prophets of the Bible. When I read of them, I get great feelings of reverence for their words and works, and sadness and anger at the way they were treated. My heart wrenches when I think of the atrocities they have suffered at the hands of unscrupulous politicians and other barbarians.
To those who have hurt the Sikh community or any member of them, repent for your actions. To those who pass around the so called ‘Sardar jokes’, get yourselves an education and find a job! And to the whole Sikh community
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