On the eve of annual elections of Sikh Temple, Fremont, some of my friends who opposed me last year, are again busy at their old game. This campaign of character assassination is based mainly on the contents of an article that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News in 1983.
I wish to take this opportunity to state once again, as I have done in the past before the Sadh Sangat at the gurdwara, that I was not only misquoted but also out of context in the said newspaper interview. I have never questioned the paramount importance of the five basic symbols of the Sikh faith. In fact, highly commend and deeply respect the people who wear these five symbols all the time. It does not need to be emphasized here that my faith in the principles of
Sikh religion is unwavering and it just cannot be otherwise.
At a time, when our kith and kin are going through difficult times in Punjab and the true followers of our gurus are making supreme sacrifices in defense of our faith, we should also do everything possible here in the USA to uphold should move from reflection to action under the means and resources available to us. We should also compile a mailing list of involved and evolved Sikhs in Canada who will consistently these principles on which our great religion was founded.
Now is not the time to engage in petty squabbles and make false accusations. Let us all work for unity and strength of our people. A gurdwara election need not divide the people if conducted fairly and squarely according to the bylaws of the institution. It should rather be an occasion to reinforce our faith in the democratic principles and traditions of our modern religion.
Hardev Singh Grewal,
2560 Early Rivers Ct.,
Union City, CA 94587
Article extracted from this publication >> February 1, 1985