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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  • Bk Sandhu
    commented 2016-02-16 01:46:17 -0800
    Must be same as or as close to original as possible. Too many variations now. We must not allow our egos to decide this. It is for benefit of all so we can’t allow our own personal opinions to override Gurus instructions.
  • Harmeet Singh
    commented 2016-02-15 13:53:44 -0800
    Good initiative………… hope we will have good database and out own portals and resolving all other issues including free akal takht.
  • Baljinder Singh
    commented 2016-02-12 09:54:02 -0800
    “ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਦੀ ਅਜ਼ਾਦੀ।” ਅੱਜ-ਕੱਲ੍ਹ ਸਿੱਖ ਸਫਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਇਸ ਮੁੱਦੇ ਨੂੰ ਲੈ ਕੇ ਕਾਫ਼ੀ ਚਾਰਾਜੋਈ ਹੋ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ। ਪਿਛਲੇ ਕੁਝ ਸਮੇਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਹੋਈਆ ਘਟਨਾਵਾਂ ਨੇ ਗੁਰਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਹਿਲਾ ਕੇ ਰੱਖ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਹੈ। ਅਜਿਹਾ ਹੀ ਹਲੂਣਾ 1984 ਵਿੱਚ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਸੀ ਜਦੋਂ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਦੀ ਇਮਾਰਤ ਗਿਰਾਈ ਗਈ ਸੀ।
    ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਬਾਰੇ ਵਿਚਾਰਨ ਬਾਰੇ ਮੁੱਦੇ ਬਹੁਤੇ ਟੇਢੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਹਨ। ਮੁੱਖ ਮੁੱਦਾ ਇਹ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਐਕਟ ਥੱਲੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਆਉਦਾ ਕਿਉਂਕਿ ਇਹ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ, ਤਖਤ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਤਖਤਾਂ ਦਾ ਜ਼ਿਕਰ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਐਕਟ ਵਿੱਚ ਹੈ ਹੀ ਨਹੀਂ। ਇਸ ਤੱਥ ਨੂੰ ਜੇ ਅਦਾਲਤ ਵਿੱਚ ਚੈਲੰਜ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਜਾਵੇ ਤਾਂ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਆਪਣੇ ਆਪ ਸ਼੍ਰੌਮਣੀ ਕਮੇਟੀ ਦੇ ਕਾਰਜ ਖੇਤਰ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਹਰ ਹੋ ਜਾਵੇਗਾ।
    ਫਿਰ ਮੁੱਦਾ ਇਹ ਆਵੇਗਾ ਕਿ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਦੇ ਜਥੇਦਾਰ ਦੀ ਚੋਣ ਦਾ ਵਿਧੀ ਵਿਧਾਨ ਕੀ ਹੋਵੇ? ਇਸ ਬਾਰੇ ਵਿਚਾਰਾਂ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਹੈ। ਪਰ ਯਾਦ ਰਖਿਆ ਜਾਵੇ ਕਿ ਗੁਰੂ ਸਿਧਾਂਤਾਂ ਮੁਤਾਬਕ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਤੇ ਗ਼ੈਰ ਸਿੱਖ ਦੀ ਅਰਦਾਸ ਤਾਂ ਕਬੂਲ ਹੋ ਸਕਦੀ ਹੈ, ਪਤਿਤ ਅਤੇ ਤਨਖਾਈਏ ਸਿੱਖ ਦੀ ਨਹੀਂ। ਸੋ ਵਿੱਧੀ ਵਿਧਾਨ ਬਣਾਉਣ ਵੇਲੇ ਕੇਵਲ ਗੁਰਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦੀ ਸ਼ਮੂਲੀਅਤ ਹੀ ਹੋ ਸਕਦੀ ਹੈ, ਪਤਿਤ ਅਤੇ ਤਨਖਾਈਏ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦੀ ਨਹੀਂ। ਜਿਹੜੇ ਸਿੱਖ ਇਸ ਵਕਤ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਦੀ ਅਜ਼ਾਦੀ ਦੀ ਗੱਲ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ, ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਸੰਬੰਧ ਤਨਖਾਈਏ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਜ਼ਿਆਦਾ ਹਨ। ਸੋ ਇਹ ਨਾ ਹੋਵੇ ਕਿ ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਹਾਲਾਤਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਿੱਖ ਜਜਬਾਤਾ ਦਾ ਫ਼ਾਇਦਾ ਲੈਂਦੇ ਹੋਏ , ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੇ ਸਿਧਾਂਤ ਹੀ ਖਤਮ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤੇ ਜਾਣ। ਜਦੋਂ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੀ ਨਵੀਂ ਇਮਾਰਤ ਬਣਾਈ ਗਈ ਸੀ ਤਾਂ ਕੁਝ ਪ੍ਰਮੁਖ ਸਿਧਾਂਤਾਂ ਦਾ ਖਿਆਲ ਨਹੀਂ ਰਖਿਆ ਗਿਆ। ਜਿਵੇਂ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੇ ਪਿੱਛੇ ਝਾਕਣ ਦੀ ਕਿਸੇ ਨੂੰ ਇਜਾਜ਼ਤ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੁੰਦੀ ਪਰ ਨਵੀਂ ਇਮਾਰਤ ਵਿੱਚ ਇਸ ਦੀ ਪਰਕਰਮਾਂ ਬਣਾ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਗਈ। ਪਰਕਰਮਾਂ ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੀ ਹੈ ਹੁਣ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੀ ਇਮਾਰਤ ਵੀ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰੇ ਵਰਗੀ ਹੋ ਗਈ ਹੈ। ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਿੱਖ ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਨੂੰ ਮੱਥਾ ਟੇਕਦਾ ਹੈ ਪਰ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਤੇ ਸ਼ਸਤਰਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਸਿਰ ਨਿਵਾਉਂਦਾ ਹੈ। ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਿੱਖ ਝੁਕ ਕੇ ਸਰੋਪਾ ਲੈਂਦਾ ਹੈ , ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਤੇ ਤਖਤ ਦੀ ਉਚਾਈ ਵੱਲ ਵੇਖ ਕੇ ਸਜ਼ਾ ਲਵਾਉਂਦਾ ਹੈ।
    ਪੰਥਕ ਤਾਕਤ ਪੰਥਕ ਸਿਧਾਂਤਾਂ ਦੀ ਮਜ਼ਬੂਤੀ ਵੱਲ ਸੇਧਤ ਹੋਣੀ ਚਾਹੀਦੀ ਹੈ। ਇਸ ਗੱਲ ਦਾ ਖਿਆਲ ਰਖਿਆ ਜਾਣਾ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਹੈ, ਨਹੀਂ ਤਾਂ ਸਿਵਾਏ ਖੱਜਲ ਖ਼ੁਆਰੀ ਤੋਂ ਕੁਝ ਪੱਲੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਪਵੇਗਾ।
  • PreetGagan Ghuman
    commented 2016-02-10 20:14:57 -0800
    Guru Fateh to all . Free Akal takhat is must and is a realty. I’ve read the draft , understood it and just want to say ‘Panj Payaras’ model appeal more at regional level. And just a matter to carry this initiative forward.
    Sat Shri Akal.
  • Jagtesh Singh Sodhi
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-10 19:45:40 -0800
    No matter how strongly you identify as a Sikh, the Akal Takht has a direct impact on your experience of Sikhi.
  • Jagtesh Singh Sodhi
    @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
  • Charanjit Singh
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  • Harbans Lal
    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.
  • Swal Kaur
    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.
  • Swal Kaur
    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.
  • Soni Grewal
    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.
  • Harsimran Singh
    commented 2016-01-22 19:23:35 -0800
    Carry on, Sikhs will benefit from it a lot !!
  • Soni Grewal
    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.
  • Harvinder Singh
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  • Kirpal Singh
    commented 2016-01-03 04:50:57 -0800
    Wake up fellow Sikhs to recapture your Spiritual Kingdom! from your internal & external enemies!
  • Paramjit Singh
    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
  • Anonymous
    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.