Dear Editor,

There are only a few instances of the operative and decisive roles which political power and prestige play in relation to acceptability and prevalence of a religion and this law of history, the basic pattern of human behavior and tendency of human behavior is more pertinent in the case of Sikhs and Sikhism, for Sikhism, unlike most other world religions, is not merely a church of worship but is simultaneously, a church of social policy also, and as soon as the Sikh people are separated from and deprived of political sovereignty and power Sikhism becomes eviscerated of its elan and true ethos. It is for this reason that the ambition, the claim, and the destiny, adumbrated and proclaimed in the litany: Raj Karega Khalsa is basic to a Sikh religion and the assignees of its social commitments, the Sikh people, and the second homistisch of this litany: Aki Rahe Na Koi is merely complementary to the first, both being observe and reverse sides of the same model.



Lachman Singh Aujla

Punjabi Sahit Sabha, Ont.

Article extracted from this publication >>  April 26, 1985