Solution to Gurdwara Elections

Amarjit Singh | Canada

The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee’s constitution was created by the very active participation of 98 percent of Greater Delhi gurdwaras.

It was passed by the Parliament of India as the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act of 1971, and therefore, it is accepted all over India. It was and still is considered to be the best and most successful constitution in the world for the management of gurdwaras.

All gurdwaras worldwide should adopt the DSGMC constitution and make local legal amendments, if necessary. Copies are also available from the sectary of the DSGMC.

The adopted constitution also should include the following declaration for all voting persons participating in gurdwara elections.
Declaration for Every Voting Person in a Gurdwara Election
  1. I, Sardarni/Sardar..............................., of sound mind and health, hereby solemnly declare that I believe in the ten Gurus - Guru Nanak Dev ji to Guru Gobind Singh ji, and Guru Granth Sahib ji, and none else. 
  2. I do not cut my hair (roma di bayadbi nahi karda). 
  3. I do not take intoxicants (alcohol, drugs, tobacco etc.) of any form. 
  4. I am an honest and trustworthy person of good character, without any criminal charges. I have never declared bankruptcy, and I am a law-abiding citizen who pays my taxes. 
  5. For a person to be elected sewadar, he/she must be an Amritdhari, according to the Sikh Maryadha of the Akal Takhat, and no other organization, for at least two years prior to the date of voting. 
I have read the above requirements, and I solemnly promise that if I fail to abide by the above declaration, I shall be disqualified from my voting rights and membership, and shall not remain an elected sewadar.
Signature __________________________    Date _________
Voter's Name (Last, First):  



Mother's Name: 

Father's Name:   Email:  
Two current photographs (for ID cards):   Membership Fee:                   


About the author: Amarjit Singh is the author of the DSGMC constitution. He also is an international trade and purchasing advisor in Canada, and the seeker of Gursikhs' charandoor and blessings.

Commentaries are the opinions of the authors, and not necessarily that of Sikh Free Press.


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