A Global Sangat Governing the Akal Takht
Now, for the first time in a generation, there is genuine hope. We now have the tools to assemble 30 million Sikhs in spirit, to re-establish our own institutions and engage the global Sangat in self-governance. In the 18th century, our Gurus gave rise to a culture for leadership in the face of hardship and hostile forces. Like the Gurus during their time, we will use the best tools and technologies available to gather all Sikhs and bring their voices into harmony with the global Sangat.
It is not enough to replace the current governance of the Akal Takht with new leadership. It’s how we arrive at new leadership, the process we undertake for decisions, and developing representative processes that will ensure our future leaders are equipped for success in their roles.
Our current leadership is a symptom of the lack of accountability and processes—the root cause for many of the issues faced by Sikh institutions. Most Sikhs in the diaspora have been focused on laying foundations in their new homes and providing for the basic needs of their families. There was no space or resource to develop coordinated responses to attacks or even to raise voices in articulating a response.
Today, we have tools for collaboration. We have a global and interconnected community. The lines between home and foreign lands has become increasingly blurred. With a community of Sikhs living under threat and oppression in Punjab, it is the global community that must organize and provide the thought leadership necessary to bring about change in Punjab.
The most powerful institution through which to effect positive change is the Akal Takht. If you have a desire to improve the condition of the Sikh community, you now have more opportunity and better ability to engage than at any time in history.
ਸਿਖ ਸਭਾ ਦੀਖਿਆ ਕਾ ਭਾਉ ॥
The Sikh collective gathers wisdom in love.
—Guru Granth Sahib, p. 350