Sovereignty

Inspiring Sikhs to Become a Global Collective

No matter how strongly you identify as a Sikh, the Akal Takht has a direct impact on your experience of Sikhi. This impact is felt today and will be felt by future generations.

Many elements of Sikh identity—our marriage rites, how we name our children, our ceremonies,—are all affected by a single institution: the Akal Takht, the “Throne of the Timeless One”.

Creating Connection

The Akal Takht issues decrees that affect Sikhs around the world who have no influence over the decisions being made. So, over time, Sikhs have become separated from their own institutions. This has given rise to a generation who are disempowered, disenfranchised and disconnected from the very sense of oneness, community and empowerment that was granted to them through Sikhi. Today, the institution of the Akal Takht itself is enslaved by corruption and nepotism.

For Love and Justice

Sikhi was born as a movement of diversity and inclusion, to empower the downtrodden and free those enslaved in mind or body. Now, we will free the Akal Takht from political interference and reclaim its state of social, economic, political and spiritual sovereignty. The Free Akal Takht will welcome discourse from all Sikhs—without judgement of an individual’s path in life—and act as a source for representative, collective power.

Re-establishing the “Throne of the Timelesss One” will return our governing institutions to practicing the transcendent doctrines of love and justice, bowing to no other master and answering only to the Guru Granth-Panth.

Finally, the Akal Takht will return to its unifying role of engaging all Sikhs in the service of humanity.

 

ਵਡਾ ਤੇਰਾ ਦਰਬਾਰੁ ਸਚਾ ਤੁਧੁ ਤਖਤੁ ॥
Your court is great, Your throne is eternal.
—Guru Granth Sahib, p. 964

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  • @JagteshSinghSod tweeted link to this page. 2016-02-10 19:45:37 -0800
    No matter how strongly you identify as a Sikh, the Akal Takht has a direct impact on your experience of Sikhi. http://www.freeakaltakht.org/?recruiter_id=854
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  • commented 2016-02-04 21:05:30 -0800
    This seems to be a new youth movement lead by educated Sikh youth. May Vahaguru bless the leadership with wisdom and perseverance to carry it to success. For a movement to flourish the guiding institutions have to be renewed from time to time. It is a law of nature and law of survival. Let our youth lead with the wisdom derived from Sri Guru Granth Sahib as it is interpreted in modern idiom. It is encouraging that the leadership is using modern technology for communication and not depending on ancient clergy system to spread the word and gather the community that is mostly Diaspora. Our community is all diaspora. The Sikhs living in India are Diaspora too as they mostly migrated from areas that are now Pakistan. India is their new home as are the continents outside Indian sub-continent. Let is promote this dialogue.
  • commented 2016-01-25 07:59:40 -0800
    You write “The Akal Takht is the Sikh Panth’s Political Executive and Supreme Court.” This statement seems to imply that executive, legislative, and judicial functions are enshrined in the same institution? Will this not create problems of checks and balances that have historically afflicted Sikh institutions in which the same person/group of people are responsible for implementing all functions? WHO, specifically, will adjudicate executive, legislative, and judicial issues? Could you please elucidate what you mean by the statement above? Thank you.
  • commented 2016-01-25 07:59:08 -0800
    You write “The Akal Takht is the Sikh Panth’s Political Executive and Supreme Court.” This statement seems to imply that executive, legislative, and judicial functions are enshrined in the same institution? Will this not create problems of checks and balances that have historically afflicted Sikh institutions in which the same person/group of people are responsible for implementing all functions? WHO, specifically, will adjudicate executive, legislative, and judicial issues? Could you please elucidate what you mean by the statement above? Thank you.
  • commented 2016-01-24 09:32:47 -0800
    Currently, all our institutions are dysfunctional; and I mean everything; from our families to the Akal Takht and everything in between. We seem to have forgotten everything our gurus taught us; hence our present situation. Having strong functional institutions is a must for us because that is who we are and that is who we have to be, its simple as that.
  • commented 2016-01-22 19:23:35 -0800
    Carry on, Sikhs will benefit from it a lot !!
  • commented 2016-01-18 12:36:04 -0800
    I have been advocating for quite sometime that no one person will decide the future of the Sikh Nation; so yes, no doubt, we need this. Salute to the people who are spearheading this conversation. Buts lets get on with it people.
  • followed this page 2016-01-06 18:56:14 -0800
  • commented 2016-01-03 04:50:57 -0800
    Wake up fellow Sikhs to recapture your Spiritual Kingdom! from your internal & external enemies!
  • commented 2016-01-02 10:24:25 -0800
    Excellent, and thank you for starting this dialogue
    With the political hiring and firing of the Panj Piyare just within the last couple of days the outrage is still localized. Institutions to capture the middle of the bell shaped curve also know as the silent majority must come forth
  • commented 2016-01-02 01:49:00 -0800
    Freeing Akal Takht is a job that must be spearheaded by the Diaspora, Punjab is stuck in factionalism. Akal Takht Jathedar and Panj Pyare should be selected by a worldwide Sarbat Khalsa in April, receive their ongoing operational funding from Sikhs worldwide, and maintain regular contact and engagement with Sangats all over the world. The SGPC and Punjab government should have delegates at the worldwide Sarbat Khalsa to make the decision binding upon all, including themselves. If our institutions get their mandate from the worldwide panth, local bodies in India will find it much harder to control them and the process to permanently free Akal Takht will be set in motion.