He pointed out, “DSGMC in the last one year, has been in the forefront of fighting for the Sikh issues in India particularly related to 1984 tragedy.” He also cited the case of recent violence in Hyderabad and the role DSGMC played towards creating dialog with officials and the state government. He stated further, “We are also very confident that with the change of leadership in the central government, many long standing issues of concern for the Sikh community will be addressed.”
Dr. Rajwant Singh, Secretary of Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, a gurdwara in Washington, and the Chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education, brought forth the various concerns of the community. He stated, “Although Akal Takhat is our supreme seat of power, the Sikhs of foreign countries feel that their opinion is not sought on any critical issues. Many times the decision or edicts are pronounced from Amritsar which has long lasting impact on the functioning of the community and yet there is a lack of proper consultations process with the Sikhs living abroad.” Dr. Singh also said, “Sikhs from all over the world are ready to assist in helping our youth and there could be mentoring program for Sikh youth in Delhi and elsewhere with the help of accomplished Sikhs from various fields. DSGMC could be the facilitating body for such constructive programs.”
Chattar Singh Saini, Chairman of the National Sikh Center, emphasized that the Sikh community in America is in great need of many copies of Guru Granth Sahib. He stated, “SGPC, the apex body in Amritsar and DSGMC should work out ways and means to ensure that Sikh homes in abroad are able to get the copy of the Guru Granth Sahib without much difficulty and strain.”
Inderpaul Singh Gadh, Chairman of GGSF, said, “Our preachers from India are not trained properly to communicate with the youth or Sikhs living abroad due to their lack of proficiency in English and other world languages. They are also do not have full understanding of the issues that Sikhs and youth face in the Western world. The training process of our granthis and preachers should be modernized. DSGMC can help in this great need of the community.”
Manjit Singh promised that he will bring the matter of forming a consultation process involving Sikhs abroad and availability of Guru Granth Sahib to the attention of Jathedar of Akal Takhat and also the SGPC and will play needed role on these issues.