Here we share a timely comment from parcharak (#Sikh
educator) Giani Sukhjeevan Singh of @sikh2inspire
on the #Sikhs
that fought in #WW1
A lot has been discussed this year about the relevance and place of remembering the #SikhSoldiers
of WW1. I have utmost respect for all my #brothers
either side of the debate and I get bits of both perspectives.
But this year, I spent sometime reading the letters of those #soldiers
. They didn't feel they were being colonised, they weren't running away from such a dire circumstance, they didn't write poems of depression - they were proud inheritors of the #martialspirit
of the #Khalsa
. I'm moved that they found #Sikhi
and a #spiritual
context amidst the rain, snow, dirt and politics. It was such a big deal for them to have #darshan
of Sri #GuruGranthSahibJee
and die on the battlefield facing their enemies. Some were troubled that canon fire and artillery wouldn't allow them the glory of death they longed for.
It's true the British played on the emotion and sentiment of the Sikhs to get them to enroll
They knew our scripture (they had it translated) and history and they used it to their advantage. But what is admirable is that the Sikhs of that Era were #enchanted
at the prospect of battle just like generations before: ਰਣੁ ਦੇਖਿ ਸੂਰੇ ਚਿਤ ਉਲਾਸ ॥
I don't believe those Sikhs were stupid , but the ideals of #Shaheedi
were just too attractive.