The following is an English transcription of the proceedings of Sarbat Khalsa 2015. It contains general ideas of repetitive content, summaries of relevant content, and paraphrases or quotes of significant content.
In this clip, the organizers announce names of noteworthy persons attending the event, such as: Pritam Kaur of Amritsar, wife of Rashpal Singh who was Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s personal assistant; Beant Singh, brother of General Shabeg Singh (tortured and killed in the 1984 Operation Bluestar); Balwinder Singh Chabhal and Surinder Singh Ghariala, present and former chairmen of the Khalra Mission Committee Harpal Singh; and Waryam Singh, brother of shaheed Satwant Singh (who assassinated Indira Gandhi, along with Beant Singh). This clip also contains more allegations of government harassment and prevention of people travelling to the Sarbat Khlasa.
0:0 – MC: Announcing names of people at Sarbat Khalsa:
- Bhai Kulwant Singh Ludhianaewaala, Jathedaar Bahadur Singh of Nawa Shahar – senior vice president of United Akali Dal;
- Buta Singh Raseekae of Akali Dal 1920, who served relentlessly to organize this Sarbat Khalsa we are indebted to him;
- Baljit Singh Ganga of Eknoor Khalsa Fauj;
- Kahan Singh of Gonianawala Mandi;
- Gurnam Singh of the Spain Shiromani Akali Dal;
- Pritam Kaur of Amritsar, wife of Rashpal Singh who was Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s personal assistant;
- Kamaljeet Kaur, wife of Daya Singh Lahoria (former and present political prisoners, in Tihar jail);
- Beant Singh, brother of General Shabeg Singh (tortured and killed in the 1984 Operation Blue Star);
- Balwinder Singh Chabhal and Surinder Singh Ghariala, present and former chairmen of the Khalra Mission Committee gives support to the Sarbat Khalsa and has come here in person;
- Gurinder Singh Dhillon, representing a gurdwara in Canada;
- Ravinder Singh Gogi, son of Bapu Surat Singh (Surat Singh has been on a hunger strike for more than a year to protest Punjab’s continued detention of political prisoners that have served their sentences, and has been force fed by the Punjab Police. Ravinder Singh has also been harassed by the Punjab Police);
- Satnam Singh of Seattle (Washington) USA;
- Delegates from Hong Kong;
- Amolak Singh of Switzerland;
- Tersem Singh Sandhu of Baba Deep Singh Gurdwara, UK, brought their message of support;
- Jathedaar Manmohan Singh of Haryana;
- Ajit Singh Lakhia of Eknoor in Rajasthan;
- Harminder Singh Rode brother of Chamkaur Singh Rode;
- Bahadur Singh Bajaur and Surjeet Singh Kalanula, member of Sikh Parliament, who spoke up against Makkar for rejecting the Punj Piaarae;
- Mahinderpal Singh, general secretary of Akali Dal, Amritsar;
- Hardeep Singh of Rajasthan;
- Jathinder Singh Sidhu taadi jatha will be singing next.
3:45 - Jathinder Singh Sidhu taadi jatha of Patiala: Singing of people who have made sacrifices in the name of the Gurus. Reciting poem about bravery and sacrifices of Sikhs.
Who is a jathedaar? Because the Kaum (Sikh nation) has devalued the importance of nagaara (drum), jaikaara (victory slogan) and jathedaar (chief representative of the Sikhs), that is why we are in this state of affairs. Today we are going to select jathedaars in this Sarbat Khalsa. But who is a jathedaar? Not like today’s jathedaars who wear tight pajamas and raise a sword in show, but retreat when the Panth is facing hardships.
Who is a jathedaar? One whose biceps quiver when they hear the bugle. One who has chest made of steel. One who speaks with sympathy and soft heart for the poor and weak. One who support the poor with mind and body. One who makes death terrified when it sees such a person. One who is full of self respect and is a brave warrior. One who will sacrifice his head because he has sympathy for his people. One who will feel the pain when he sees our tears. One who will love us. One who will sacrifice his life for the Kaum. Such a jathedaar we will cherish. The Sikh Kaum has won its rights in the past and will do it again in the future. Singing about the brave qualities of Sikh martyrs. From Gurbani: No one just hands out a kingdom. Those who want it have to win it with their own strength of arms. Singing: How do we win our rights? Slavery cannot be tolerated. O Sikhs, we have to grab (win) our rights.
When we entered Amritsar, on our way to the Sarbat Khalsa, the police stopped me and asked where are we going. He said we are going to the Sarbat Khalsa. The police said they want to search our possessions in the trunk. How dare you ask for a search. Have you forgotten 1994, 1992, 1990, when you went into the homes of the people but never found anything illegal anywhere. You illegally used military power to search people, and found no real contraband. You are illegally trying to stop us. But this huge gathering is showing that we will make our own decisions. The lions find their own ways. There are those who have their head in their hands (ready to sacrifice). They pass freely through the path of righteousness. Those who think they are alive need to get out of the way. Those who have committed to martyrdom do not care about dying.
Singing: About sacrifices and people willing to sacrifice themselves. You cannot beg for your rights. You have to fight for them.
18:45 – MC: Jaikaara for large group of nihangs coming toward the stage. Announcing more names of noteworthy Sikh attending the event:
- Sikhs have arrived from Dubai and Bahrin.
- Balwant Singh Gopala, president of Sikh Youth Federation Bhindranwala is here.
- Sawant Singh of Balia, UP (Uttar Pradesh);
- Hardeep Singh of Dimdima Sahib in Rajasthan;
- Ranjeet Kaur, mother of shaheed (martyr) Jagrar Singh who went to Romania to plead for Sikh rights;
- Sadh Singh Sarbans and Balbir Singh of USA;
- Mahendra Singh Dhanola, general secretary of BKU (Bharatiya Kisan Union);
- Nirmal Singh of Germany;
- Satnam Singh and Jasbir Singh of Belgium Federation;
- Fauja Singh of Jallandhar;
- Chamkaur Singh and his team;
- Devinder Singh Ghuman, youth president of Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar, in Europe;
- Waryam Singh, brother of shaheed Satwant Singh (who assassinated Indira Gandhi, along with Beant Singh);
- Sandeep Singh, katha vachik of Damdami Taksal;
- Randeep Singh Masruwala of Rajasthan;
- Simranjeet Singh and Gurvinder Singh Sidhu, all pro bono advocates of the Sikhs, representing Jagtar Singh Tara (accused of conspiracy in assassination of Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh for the genocide of Sikhs, particularly young men, during the Decade of Disappearances, from 1984 to 1995);
- Gurminder Singh Andiana of USA;
- Mahinder Singh of Akal Federation;
- Pavandeep Singh, Sangharsh Committee member;
- Bageecha Singh and Yodha Singh of England;
- Maan Singh of Guru Nanak Dal Batala;
- Sukhdev Singh of Dehra Dun;
- Randev Singh Bedi of Shiromani Akali Dal – Youth, Amritsar.
Guru’s langar is still being served uninterrupted. We are showing the whole world that we are struggling and we are strong and alive.
At Barnala, 40 bus transport operators have been threatened by the government that their license to operate will be cancelled. We are assuring them not to worry, everything will be okay. We don’t threaten anybody and we don’t allow ourselves to be threatened. This gathering is part of the struggle against such oppressive policies.
26:55 – taadi jathaa: You see all the gathering here? All the back roads and vacinities are also full of people on their way here. Although the government is trying to stop people from coming, somehow the people are reaching here…
I am going to talk about a warrior, from 1986 to 1995: Gurbachan Singh Manochahil was prominent. He fought bravely against the Indian military and the Punjab Police and defeated them in these battles and escaped unhurt. We are going to sing about a confrontation between Punjab Police and KPS Gill against Manochahil. Gun fighting in the sugarcane fields. Bullets flew near him…