Two very well written and thought provoking articles have appeared in the World Sikh News recently. The writer of these, Mr. Vikram Singh Khalsa has done a great service to the fraternity of Sikhs.
Under the lead story titled Sikh Youth a Challenge for today (WSN, August 12, 1988) he has narrated in his own lucid style, as to what exactly is going wrong with the modern Sikh Youth in the western world. Vikram hits the nail on the head when he writes “why our youths are suffering so much confusion and doubt. We only need to look at the example set by the older generation in every part of the world.” A little further he adds, “These young Sikhs in the ‘west are better educated, better informed and more aware of the ways of the world than we are. But do us as the older generation want to give these young people a chance to grow to express them. as Sikhs living in western society or do we want to adopt the same cynical attitude as the so called Sikh leadership that has allowed a whole generation of our finest young people to be slaughtered rather than relinquish power “one line that touches my heart is the one which says “they are trying to live as Sikhs in this immoral world of today and they need examples not lectures.”
In your latest issue (WSN Sept 2nd) Vikram Singh Khalsa in yet another masterpiece titled “wall of silence” elaborated on the functioning of foreign press in Punjab and how best Sikhs here could alert the American Press, for better understanding of the Sikh angle. ‘When he welcomes the meeting and working together of “American” and “Punjabi” Sikhs, it really is a great leap forward for the Sikh community. Let not the Sikhs be bogged down by narrow considerations of caste creed etc. Instead they should look forward to spreading the message of our gurus and that Sikhism is the “Universal Brotherhood of mankind.” Sardar Vikram Singh Khalsa deserves praise for presenting the Sikh problem to the readers of WSN.
May his tribe increase and let WSN feature him often? More like him are needed at this critical juncture in our lives.
Payittar Singh Los Angeles
So, Satwant and Kehar will die for the death of one person (Mrs. Indira Gandhi) even though Beant Singh was killed on the spot and his assassins were never even arrested let alone tried in a court of law.
Thousands of Sikh men, women and children were killed in Delhi, Kanpur, Meerut and other places in India in November, 1984, following the death of Indira Gandhi, Isn’t the ‘Equality of Law bruised badly and the majesty and dignity of law denigrated when their killers and conspirators are now only breathing free air in India but also occupying positions of respect and responsibility in the government of (Hindu) India. Let them not forget that these innocent victims for no fault of theirs were not only deprived of the right to life guaranteed by the Indian Constitution but also the rights to a decent farewell from life.
Amarjit Singh Vernon, Conn.
Article extracted from this publication >> September 9, 1988