I have made my position on the Dasam Granth quite clear in previous articles. I belief that we should follow Guru’s instruction that after his passing away the ‘Guru Granth – Guru Panth’ would be the Sikh Guru.
Sikhí is a liberal dharm, we are allowed to read any book from the Sikh and other traditions, as long as the Guru Granth is our benchmark.
Nobody can prove that the ‘Dasam Granth’ was/was not wholly/partly written by Guru Gobind Singh. We can carefully look at each part of the ‘Dasam Granth’ and see if these parts are in tune with Guru’s teachings.
We should ignore the irrelevant and invalid ‘hukamnama’ from the ‘Badal Panth’ on not discussing the issue of the Dasam Granth. We should discuss with passion and respect. I feel strongly that those who want to give the Dasam Granth equality with the Guru Granth Sahib are badly mistaken, but I do not assume that they are dishonest.
I appeal to all UK Gurdwaré, Sikh organisations and informal Sikh groups to undertake to never again use violence to settle differences of opinion. Guru used violence to fight against injustice, Guru did not use violence because of a difference of opinion.
The use of violence against people you disagree with is anti-Gurmat and is very damaging to our position in the UK. At the same time that we are making real progress in getting more recognition for our right to wear the kirpan, misguided Sikhs were wielding their talwars in Southall.
Guru Hargobind, Guru Teg Bahadur (before he was Guru) and Guru Gobind Singh fought against injustice and oppression. Guru Nanak’s sons and Guru Angad’s sons strayed from the path. Guru Har Rai had to ban his son Ram Rai from his darbar. But violence was not used and later Gurus had good relations with Sri Chand and Ram Rai.
All UK Gurdwaré, Sikh organisations and informal Sikh groups should say Ardás and promise solemnly not to use violence in internal disputes, however bad the provocation.
All UK Gurdwaré, Sikh organisations and informal Sikh groups should undertake to respect the other side in the Dasam Granth dispute, realising that their convictions are as strongly felt as ours.
The present hukamnamé are not issued on behalf of the ‘Guru Panth’ guided by the ‘Guru Granth’ and are therefore not valid. If a Sikh gets banned from the ‘Badal Panth’ she/he should feel honoured !