image caption: Gurmukh Singh OBE and Faith Symbols

Guru Nanak Parkash 550 series: Lumping Sikhi with so Called Dharmic Faiths-(Part I)

* Na hum Hindu na Musalman. We are neither Hindu nor Muslim. Vedic or Abrahamic faiths cannot claim ownership of the sovereign Sikhi of Guru Nanak.

Faith boundaries should be respected and universal values shared.


       Like Clause 25 of the Indian Constitution, the Council of Dharmic Faiths UK has lumped Sikhi with Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Zoroastrianism. The same people seem to be behind groupings like the Dharmic Ideas & Policy Foundation (DIPF), Dharma Sewa Purvapaksha and British Hindu Voice.

         According to one Website: The Dharmic Ideas & Policy Foundation (DIPF) was established in February 2015 with a launch at the Palace of Westminster to give Britain&rsquos Dharmic communities (i.e. those following Indian traditions) and grassroots a steer on key policy matters that impact on them and provide policymakers with a steer on matters that concern the Dharmic communities. (At least one Sikh is a Council Member of DIPF.)

Elsewhere, passages about the British Hindu Voice read: The work of organisations such as British Hindu Voice (BHV) over the last six plus years is beginning to shift mind-sets as this report shows. &hellip.BHV began the process of getting organisations to separate party political issues and policy issues and helped organisations come together on key policy areas. This report provides notice that the Dharmic voter cannot be ignored any longer.

So, Dharmic Faiths Council UK and British Hindu Voice appear to be the same voice supported by Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains. It is not clear if this British Hindu Voice would support Sikh religious and human rights and issues e.g. regarding Sikh Kakaars or those relating to 1984 events e.g. UK involvement. Yet, the clear impression given by above quotations is that the Dharmic Faiths outfit would involve Sikhs in Hindu Voice politics in the UK. It is possible that some Sikhs support such moves to gain influence but they are misleading and confusing the UK Government and others regarding the miri-piri (spiritual-temporal) independent path of Sikhi. They are not only misrepresenting independent Sikh ideology and community identity but also confusing UK politicians and policy makers about genuine interests of the distinct British Sikh community.

The Caste legislation is one example: which totally confuses the reasons why some Sikh organisations are opposing the Caste definition (which, incorrectly, includes Sikhs) and the related legislation which recognises caste in the UK, and why the Hindutva organisations are opposing it for own caste-based reasons. Some years ago, a Sikh TV debate showed how the Sikh position has been compromised by those who share the same platform with so called Dharmic communities as those following Indian traditions.

The Message of Guru Nanak Sahib is both, universal in a spirit of sarbat da bhalaa (universal wellbeing) due to the universal values which it preaches yet His Sikhi is specific to His Sikhs who would follow the path of truthful conduct and be prepared to make any sacrifice.

In this 550th year of Guru Nanak Parkash, let the Jot-Jugat Light of Guru Nanak now in Sri Guru Granth Sahib, guide us back to the true path. (Dharmic faiths topic continued next week.)

Image from the Website of The Council of Dharmic Faiths UK


Gurmukh Singh OBE