Our Model for Governance: Sarbat Khalsa

A Platform for Collective Decision-Making

We will engage and represent the beautiful diversity of Sikhs worldwide. We will connect the Sangat of 30 million and let their voices guide the governance of the Akal Takht and the decisions affecting all Sikhs. We will use the best practices and methods available, through real-world and digital means, to collect many tributaries into one river of thought and discourse.

Sarbat Khalsa

The Sarbat Khalsa is a powerful model for collective decision-making, developed by our Gurus. Representative, collective decision-making has been available to Sikhs for centuries. The degree to which Sikh institutions have been compromised is apparent in how foreign and self-serving these institutions seem to us today.

Tomorrow, it will not be corrupt families or political touts guiding the spiritual and temporal destiny of Sikh people. Decisions will be undertaken by the Panth ourselves through the collective voices of the global Sangat, following the governance model of the Sarbat Khalsa.

Building Capacity

To achieve this, we must attract the necessary expertise and build capacity. A new governance framework must be developed from the ground up, based on input from our stakeholders—the global Sangat.

Punjab is not locked in geography. We have the tools and ability to connect, engage, bring others into conversation and develop a point of view for the Sikh community. The future of decision-making in Sikhi will be representative, collective and transparent—not as the exception, but as the rule and a recognition of our old patterns of self-determination that, now rediscovered, are made new again.


ਹੋਇ ਇਕਤ੍ਰ ਮਿਲਹੁ ਮੇਰੇ ਭਾਈ ਦੁਬਿਧਾ ਦੂਰਿ ਕਰਹੁ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਇ ॥
My siblings! Let’s unify, eliminate duality, nurture deep connection.
-Guru Granth Sahib, p. 1185

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