The definition of a ‘Sikh’
*The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) general house formed a sub-committee to finalise the definition of a ‘Sikh’ and it means there is a scope to know who is and could be a ‘Sikh’!*
What could be the definition of a Sehajdhari, patit (apostate) and a Gursikh (baptised Sikh) in the context of a warrior, political, historical and philosophic perspectives under the different situations and circumstances?
Could the Sikh politicians of the present day be identified according to Bhai Daya Singh’s Rehatnamas as *Dhande Di Sikhi* (those who become Sikhs for commercial motives) and *Bhekh Di Sikhi* (those who accept Sikhism formally to imitate Sikhs for material gains and to exploit Sikhism for their ignoble ends)?
How to fix eligibility for ‘Sikh quota’ in the SGPC-run educational institutes, including medical and engineering colleges?
Are those not eligible for ‘Sikh quota’, should permanently to be considered as non-Sikhs for casting their votes to the Sikh politicians and be debarred from performing the religious ceremonies?
Is it the time to conclude that the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) miserably failed to preach within its community including for other reasons and there is no deserving candidate for the ‘Sikh quota’ leaving a few exceptions except Sikhs belonging to *Dhande Di Sikhi* (those who become Sikhs for commercial motives) and *Bhekh Di Sikhi* (those who accept Sikhism formally to imitate Sikhs for material gains and to exploit Sikhism for their ignoble ends)?
Sikhi is a continuous process towards attaining perfection as practiced by the Sikh Gurus practically within the Sikhism but not for stagnicolous to be defined in a tight partition to permanently isolate the others from Sikhism.
“From the teachings and the experience acquired by the grace of God, I suggest defining ‘Sikh’ and ‘the central idea of the teachings of sacred scripture, the *Adi Granth’* respectively as under:
‘Definition of Sikh’-“Sikh is a symbol of insight of human perfection; the optimistic nature of human ought to be reflections of Sikh Gurus and purely based on the teachings of sacred scripture, the Adi Granth of the fifth largest world religion”. The central idea of the teachings of sacred scripture, ‘the Adi Granth’ is: “To have less hunger and curiosity of sex, anger, snare, greed and pride, the more is the peace of mind. As the peace of mind is directly proportional to hunger and curiosity of sex, anger, snare, greed and pride”. *Submission also made on September 13, 2008 12:54″
**Chief and Spokesperson,*
*Sikh Vichar Manch, **Ludhiana*