Why does the Akal Takht need to be free?

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  1. Sikhi is the only major faith in the world without a sovereign governance structure. Over the last 90 years we have normalized the fact that the Akal Takht Sahib is under the legal control of the SGPC, which itself is under the direct purview of first British and now Indian laws. The Akal Takht Sahib was built by Guru Hargobind Sahib based on principles laid down by Guru Nanak Sahib. The Guru Sahibs blessed us with our own well developed, carefully thought out governance structure. For the sovereign, Guru-created, Divine-inspired governance model of the Sikh Qaum to now be under the direct control of an outside government is an unacceptable situation. Without this sovereign governance structure our Qaum has been unable to fulfill its true purpose or live up to its full potential.

  2. Sikhs can have a transformative impact on the world. Guru Nanak Sahib created this Qaum with the revolutionary ideal that full human dignity and equality can be realized through Gurbani-inspired selfless humanitarian and political Seva (Degh Tegh Fateh dictum). The Qaum has been able to have an impact far bigger than our tiny numbers and minimal resources would suggest. The Sikh Qaum defeated three tyrannical empires (Mughal Empire, Duranni’s Afghani Empire and Nadir Shah’s Persian Empire) in the 18th century while actively freeing and defending civilians from death, slavery and exploitation. In the early 20th century the Sikh Qaum was the main force in the anti-colonial struggle, freeing South Asia (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) from British control. Today, without a democratic, deliberative governance structure where our resources and institutions are under our control, we are unable to serve ourselves, let alone others. We need not go into the laundry list of current Panthic problems and issues, and while a Free Akal Takht will not solve these issues overnight, it will allow us to develop system whereby we can start to tackle the problems plaguing our Qaum and then finally get back to our true purpose as a people.

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