A letter leaked of Bawa Singh Jagdev the Secretary of the Sikh Council Australia provides an insight into the current ideology of a Sikh leader in the country. The letter was addressed to members of the Council where the secretary appears to be expressing his frustration over people questioning the anti-Sikh code of conduct practices done at the Austral Gurdwara Sahib in Sydney.
Bhangra during Vaisakhi celebrations at the Gurdwara has drawn outrage and criticism by Sikhs worldwide who’ve condemned the act. The head of the Gurdwara Sahib Bawa Singh Jagdev still hasn’t apologized for the bhangra performances on the Gurdwara premises. The man was also quoted in leading Sydney daily in saying that the Turban is not religious but a Cultural “thing”. An apology wasn’t given in regards to the inaccurate public comments on the turban.
The Gurdwara Sahib headed by him also breaks Akal Takht, the Supreme Authority of Sikhs, resolution on langar being served and eaten without shoes and on the floor. The Gurdwara at Austral breaks both codes by langar being cooked with shoes and gets eaten on tables and chairs.
Recently, a man posted a video of the Bhangra event at the Gurdwara which went viral on social networks resulting in Bawa writing a letter to console the outraged members of the Sikh Council Australia.
The following email provides a clearer image of the Gurdwara head. The email apparently breakings down a conversation between Mr. Bawa and someone who called him expressing their unhappiness over the Bhangra done at the Gurdwara Sahib premises.
“paroxysm and convulsion the celebration of Vaisakhi has created in the guts of so called the self proclaimed Custodian of the Sikh faith and agents of God who force others to sit on floor to partake Langer but feel no qualm to partake Langer sitting on tables in Gurudwaras where everybody eats sitting on the table.”
Mr. Bawa might be unaware that 99% of Sikhs eat langar on the ground following the orders of the Supreme Authority of Sikhs, Sri Akal Takht Sahib Amritsar Punjab. A clear violation by Mr. Bawa which can lead to excommunication from the Khalsa Panth.
“I had never heard of what this bloody Takhsal word means but he continued and said you cannot do cultural program in the Gurudwara” . He was polite al the time and I again corrected him and told that we don’t know who Takhsalis are and we are in no way under them or any SGPC as it is Australia and not India,”
Mr. Bawa pointing to the Taksali, which is the oldest Sikh group also known as Damdami Taksal founded by the tenth Sikh Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji in the early 1700s. All Sikhs are aware of the Damdami Taksal as it’s the Scholarly head quarters of the Sikh faith. Those being referred to as Taksali are graduates of the Academic Institution.
“This a wakeup call for all of us they want the Sikhs, who have gained respect from Australian and the Australian governments , to be termed as terrorist like the ISIL.”
An absolute ridiculous comment which should never have come from a Sikh leader. He’s basically saying if you don’t follow the Sikh Code of Conduct, established and passed by the parliament of Sikhs and approved by Sri Akal Takht Sahib in 1945, that you will be termed as “ISIL”. It’s a terrible example by comparing Sikhs to the terrorist organisations which commit mass murders.
“If they are successful in their endeavour we will be hated as the Muslims are being hated .”
The above comment suggests that all Muslims are hated in Australia which is completely untrue. The Muslims or any faith in a multicultural society of Australia are respected for their beliefs and no faith is hated upon. Another ridiculous comment.
“They are the Indian Talaban I cannot call them Sikh talaban because a Sikh never attacks you from behind , he comes face to, any other name will suits them well.”
Is Mr. Bawa suggesting that Indians attack from behind in the above comment by him?
A Wakeup call for the peace loving Sikhs in Australia.
I had a telephone call last night at 7.38 pm form a person who hid his telephone number. I usually do not attend private number calls but because the paroxysm and convulsion the celebration of Vaisakhi has created in the guts of so called the self proclaimed Custodian of the Sikh faith and agents of God who force others to sit on floor to partake Langer but feel no qualm to partake Langer sitting on tables in Gurudwaras where everybody eats sitting on the table.
I answered the call and asked his name he said he was Jim Siono, a very unusual name but as the inter ethnic and inter religious marriages are quite common I thought he must be and Italian or a mixture of English and Italian, anyway it wasn’t my headache. So I started speaking in English and to my surprise he started speaking in Punjabi and that too proper Punjabi and when asked as to what could I do for him, he started the same story of Bhangra in Austral Gurudwara . My answer was simple and asked, have you forgotten what Guru Nanak told to Kaazi in Maaka that God is not confined to Maaka, He is everywhere. It did not ring any bell to him, perhaps he had never heard this line. He then said and I quote verbatim,” we are Australian Taksali.” I had never heard of what this bloody Takhsal word means but he continued and said you cannot do cultural program in the Gurudwara” . He was polite al the time and I again corrected him and told that we don’t know who Takhsalis are and we are in no way under them or any SGPC as it is Australia and not India, the Cultural program was not held inside the Gurudwara Hall but in a marquee 30m by 10m in the play grounds of the Gurudwara. At this he said and I quote verbatim, “ then we Taksali and AKJ will come to Austral” I knew what he meant and I said, we will welcome you and— but he then cut me off and did not let me complete what I wanted to tell him.
Let me tell you, I don’t think he was a Sikh because a Sikh never hides his face or identity as the Talabans do. A Sikh never adopts or give a factious name to hide his identity, a scallywag usually does it.
I fail to understand as to what business is it there’s to tell me how to live or to live the way they live, we never tell them to live as we do. Such people never give any financial help to build a Gurudwara and simply wait for its completion and then try to take control of it, they are scavengers like the vultures who sit on the trees and wait for the dead body to come. Austral has been a pang in their guts ever since the Sanget completed it, and all their tries by nefarious methods to control the Gurudwar have failed simply because the whole Sanset of Austral is against their activities to divide the Sanget by bringing the Sant Banbs and Deharawalas and take control of the Gurudwara.
This a wakeup call for all of us they want the Sikhs, who have gained respect from Australian and the Australian governments , to be termed as terrorist like the ISIL. If they are successful in their endeavour we will be hated as the Muslims are being hated . They are the Indian Talaban I cannot call them Sikh talaban because a Sikh never attacks you from behind , he comes face to, any other name will suits them well.
After Mr. Jim Siono cut me off I rang the Maroubra Police about the telephone call and the threat. They asked about the telephone number and I told them that it was a private number. They told me to come to Police Station and they will find out the person and deal with the issue. I have registered my complaint and I also attached a copy of the Tribune news,” India shares Information on Sikh Radicals with Australia”. Have informed my Local State and Federal members so that they could talk to the FBI, before iot gets too serious.
I also rang to the Green Valley Police Station as Austral comes under them, They have noted my concern but have asked me to come in person to the Police Station to file the report which I will do today or tomorrow. They also told me that they have already assigned a Community Liaison officer who visits Gurudwara couple of days a week. I will inform the Federal Member Mr. Laurie Ferguson Mp for Austral.
With Kind Regards
Bawa Singh Jagdev OAM”