People & Power: Sarbat Khalsa


The Sarbat Khalsa is the decision making body that holds the authority of the Sikh Qaum. It is the representative gathering of the Sikh Sangat and makes decisions through consensus building democracy. This model of community organization was incredibly powerful and successful. Sikhs were united, decisions were agreed to by all, and every member of the Qaum felt empowered. This Guru-inspired, Gurmat-based system of governance is an ingrained part of the Sikh psyche, so that even two hundred years later, when the community is undergoing severe persecution and is in grave danger we, as a Qaum, have naturally turned to the Sarbat Khalsa as a means of uniting the Qaum and moving forward.  In 1920, 1986 and last year in 2015, the Sikh Qaum attempted to hold Sarbat Khalsa to move the community forward in treacherous times. These attempts were not perfect but were inspiring attempts by the Sikh Qaum to recapture our sovereign governance traditions. The Sarbat Khalsa is the most natural and authentic method of internal Sikh governance.

Following the November 2015 Sarbat Khalsa, the #FreeAkalTakht movement was born in the hopes to engage and represent the beautiful diversity of Sikhs worldwide, and to connect the Sangat of 30 million and let their voices guide the governance of the Akal Takht, Sarbat Khalsa and the decisions affecting all Sikhs. 

The event will feature a presentation by Harinder Singh who was a part of the North American Delegation at the November 2015 Sarbat Khalsa. He will be sharing his experiences, discussing the process and the way forward followed by an interactive Q&A session. 

Join us this Sunday at the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA) and learn the history behind the movement and how we as a community have come to this pivotal time in our journey as a Panth.

This event is free at PAMA and is part of the opening weekend of Sikh Heritage Month.

Please note below:

1. Tickets are for general admission into PAMA

2. All events are open to the public on a first come first serve basis; registration doesn't guarantee entry into the event scheduled

April 03, 2016 at 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives (PAMA)
9 Wellington St E
Brampton, ON L6W 1Y1
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amrita kaur Prab Sarkaria Hardeep Sidhu Sandy Kaur Grewal Satvir Lachhar Jassan Sara Maninder K. Jaswal-Kahlon Jagmeet Singh Harman Dulay Sandy Kaur Grewal Raman Grewal Gurkirat Batth Chamandeep Singh Bali Harpinder Johal-Bahia Satnam Singh Sukhbir Singh Lubana Harsimran Sidhu Razani Dhillon Dimpy Bains Raminder Kaur Jasmine Kaur Bhinder Kamaljit Kaur Prince Rattan Harjeev Lehal Ajay Baral Gurjit Bajwa Kanwar Singh ArtofPunjab Arbinder Singh Mandip Grewal Sandeep Singh
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