raaje

We are Sikh

Fifth largest religion in the world, and people are ignorant enough to call us Hindus or Muslims. Educate yourself.

  • We are Sikh. Our faith matters to us. So much so that we will gladly give our life fighting for what we believe in as many saint soldiers have done in the past, including our own Gurus.
  • Sikh mothers had their newly borns chopped, limb by limb and then placed around their necks like garlands. This was the price they payed for not converting to another religion, those brave Sikh women remained in high spirits and sang the praises of Guru Nanak & Vaheguru.
  • We made up less than 2% of the Indian population yet 67% of the Indian army were Sikhs.
  • The first battle for freedom from British was won by Sikhs, when after loss of many lives in 1929 they were able to take over the charge of their shrines from British.
  • Our ninth Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji offered to sacrifice his life to protect another religion. He laid down his life in defense of religious tolerance, freedom of worship, and freedom of religion. He gave his life for the Hindus’ right to wear the sacred thread despite the fact that Sikhs themselves do not believe in these rituals. This was martyrdom for the defense of basic human values.
  • In 1709, Guru Gobind Singh Ji left this world with a lifetime of heroic events which changed the History of India. (which I cannot even compress enough to make it into this text post &  still do it justice)
  • Bhagat Singh while studying in Berkeley University in California went back to Punjab to fight against the British army and was hanged in 1913 while fighting for freedom.
  • Punjab lost its most fertile part to Pakistan during the partition. However, today due to hard labor of Sikh farmers, the Punjab in India produces much higher quantities of food grain than the fertile Punjab in Pakistan. Punjab contributes 40% of rice and 51% of wheat into the central pool of food grains in India.
  • On April 13, 1919, the British conducted Jallianwala Bagh massacre, which consisted of killing 1300 unarmed Indians, 62% of those who were Sikhs in a single day.
  • 1984; we don’t even KNOW how many Sikhs were brutally murdered in the most inhumane ways possible because the Indian government burnt all the bodies without keeping track.

And that’s not even half of the history covered; 
Seeing news like the picture above absolutely shatters my heart, our Gurus and martyrs didn’t give up their life to be called someone we’re not. We have  been given a unique identity so that the world may recognise a single Sikh in a crowd of hundreds of thousands of people.

  • We wear a turban in which we have a small wooden comb to keep and protect our sacred gift from God, our uncut hair, our Kes.
  • We wear a Kara (iron bracelet) to resemble handcuffs, which reminds a Sikh to be a servant of the Guru & think twice about doing evil deeds.
  • We wear a Kirpan (a sword) which symbolises dignity, self-reliance, capacity and readiness to always defend the weak and the oppressed.
  • We wear a Kachera (undershorts) which reminds the Sikh of the need for self-restrain over passions, lust and desires.

A Sikh is a devotee first and to protect his devotion, a Sikh is a warrior as well. A real Sikh will never let weapons take the precedence over his spiritual values and devotion. A real Sikh will always help the one in need and fight for him/her regardless of the person’s caste, color or religion. When all other means of self-protection fail, the Sikh can use his sword to protect himself and others. A Sikh is never to use his sword to attack anyone.

So please, don’t call us something we’re not. We are Sikh. But before that, we are human.

Mass Effect RP character. Sepah’Ouam is a quarian entomologist, who joined Andromeda Initiative after being denied her Pilgrimade gift by every single ship on the Migrant Fleet (because she is so useless noone wanted her aboard, and pretty much noone care about an exhaustive collection of Tuchanka’s flies).

She ended up being the Pathfinder of the quarian ark somehow, after the initial Pathfinder, Raaj’Kwitt, left the ark shortly after their departure. She was in stasis in the wrong pod (following administrative issues) so Raaj gave her the Pathinder acces by mistake. She awakes in Andromeda with SQ: (her version of SAM, bugged af and blocked in qwerty) and since lives in denial.

She is useless and annoying, but very nice, tho.

anonymous asked:

You're not Indian? What are you then?

I’m Punjabi. I do not identify with a country whose government inflicted a genocide on my people, and who continuously denies that fact. I do not identify with a country whose pop culture uses my Sikh identity as a joke. I do not identify with a country that treats women, minorities, and underprivileged people like crap. I do not identify with a country that day in and day out ignore the sacrifices made by Punjabi freedom fighters against the British Raaj (the road to independence was NOT non-violent).

Moreover, while Canada is my homeland (on which I live as a settler in Unceded Coast Salish Territory), Punjab is my motherland. In 1947, Punjab was split in half between Pakistan and India, so why should I idenitify with a country that has only half of my motherland, be it India or Pakistan?

I’m a Punjabi-Canadian.

anonymous asked:

James C. from Boston here. As I was reading the bio of Fah'raaj Etu Masa, I saw the lines about his intelligence and was wondering how one could effectively role play a character who was smarter than they are? This isn't a shot at Joe's intelligence so much as a realization that a solution that may be completely obvious to a genius player would probably elude your average player. Would you as a DM change anything to accommodate that (or other aspects of a character's backstory)?

It’s difficult for Joe to do most things, let alone play any character with an intelligence over 6. This is a great question though! I would say think of it in terms of trying to play a character with 28 Strength. Both examples require the same stretch of the imagination, but for some reason most players can wrap their heads around the idea of super-human strength more than super-human wisdom or intelligence. You think it would be the other way around, though, since there are probably only four humans on Earth with an equivalent Strength of 28 and TONS of people IRL with an Intelligence over 20. The best thing you can do is just imagine as best you can what it would be like to have those attributes, roleplay that as best you can and encourage your fellow players to treat your character according to their actual ability scores and not just your attempts to try to bring that to life.

anonymous asked:

I've always wanted to ask this question but don't know if you are right person to ask but anyways why is it that the punjabis hate ghandi? Like in school we are taught he is was a great man and such but the punjabis always hate on him, why is this? My parents always talk bad about him as well

Hi there! I can only give my personal opinion and share those of the people around me so here it is. :)

It’s not that people HATE hate Gandhi (although some do, and they have their reasons), but rather then hate how idolatrous his image has become. People are annoyed at how little critical analysis there is about his life, and the things he’s said and done, and how unwilling people are to hear any criticism. As you may have read from my previous sources he has done and said some pretty backwards things.

Moreover, we don’t view him as the “father of the nation.” As a Sikh, the Father of our Sikh nation is Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji and no one else. Plus, what nation should we support? Half of our motherland has been split into the Pakistan, and the remaining piece of motherland we had on “Indian” soil has been divided into Himachal and Haryana (yes, they were originally Punjab). 

Furthermore, Punjab is one of the more socially revolutionized areas in the subcontinent. Many freedom fighters who fought the British came from Punjab, so when you say that independance was brought on by “peaceful revolution” that spearheaded by Gandhi, you are spitting on the faces of young men and women who lost their lives in the pursuit of freedom from British imperialism. Bhagat Singh is one of the dearest figures in a Punjabi’s heart, and Gandhi’s refusal to intervene to stop his execution will likely never be forgiven.

It is evident that Gandhi showed regionalism, and he showed no respect to Sikhi whatsoever.

He claimed that “Sikh Gurus were Hindus” (even though the Guru Sahibaan rejected a lot of Hindu beliefs) and that Guru Gobind Singh (despite having majority of his abttles fought against Pahaarhi Hindu Raaje) was “one of the greatest defenders of Hinduism” (Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi Vol. 28 pg. 263). 

At one point in time 60 million people who Hindus at the time considered “Untouchables” wanted to receive Guru Sahib’s Amrit, become Sikhs, and free themselves of the oppressive caste system. Gandhi said, “I don’t mind Untouchables if they do desire, being converted to Islam or Christianity” (CW, Vol 48, pg 98) , however he didn’t want them to convert to Sikhi: “Today I will only say that to me Sikhism is a part of Hinduism. But the situation is different from a legal point of view. Dr. Ambedkar wants a change of religion. If becoming a Sikh amounts to conversion, then this kind of conversion on the parts of Harijans is dangerous. If you can persuade the Sikhs to accept that Sikhism is a part of Hinduism and if you can make them give up the separate electorate, then I will have no objections to Harijans calling themselves Sikhs.” (CW, Vol 63, pg 267)

Gandhi also denounced the Bani of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and believed that Sikhs shouldn’t present themselves in their sant-sipahi form: “I read your Granth Sahib. But I do not do so to please you. Nor shall I seek your permission to do so. But the Guru has not said anywhere that you must grow your beards, carry kirpans and so on” (CW Vol. 90, Pg. 80).

Gandhi believed that Gurmukhi was an inferior script: I wish you would persuade enlightened Sikhs to take the Devnagri script in the place of the Gurmukhi" (CW Vol. 64. pg 41). Gurmukhi is as sacred as Guru Sahib and cannot be divorced from Guru Granth Sahib Maharaaj. 

Gandhi wished for Sikhs to renounce the parts of their religion and culture that he felt prevented them from being “reabsorbed” into Hinduism. Two of the main obstacles to such an objective were the different language of the Sikhs and the institution of the Khalsa Panth.

During the Partition of 1947, the British were in the talks of giving Punjab to Sikhs as their own sovereign state, however Gandhi, in an attempt to quell this Partition said, “No Constitution (of India) would be acceptable to the Congress which did not satisfy the Sikhs,” (CW Vol. 58. p. 192) essentially trying to tell Sikh leaders to join the Indian movement, which they did. This promise was quickly broken right after independence. To this day though, not a single Sikh has ever signed the Indian Constitution. Infact, the Constitution goes out of its way to declare that Sikhs are indeed a part of Hinduism (Article 25). False promises from Gandhi!

Gandhi is known as a man of non-violence, but when Sikhs practiced non-violence to reclaim of Gurdwaras that had been handed over to Brahminical powers in the early 1900s, Gandhi mocked the Singh Sabha Movement: “The Akalis (Sikh Warriors) wear a black turban and a black band on one shoulder and also carry a big staff with a small axe on the top. Fifty or a hundred of such groups go and take possession of a gurdwara; they suffer violence themselves but do not use any. Nevertheless, a crowd of fifty or more men approaching a place in the way described is certainly a show of force and naturally the keeper of the Gurdwara would be intimidated by it.” (Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, Vol. 19 pg. 401)

Gandhi could not understand why Sikhs would peacefully protest while wearing arms. To him, this constituted cowardice, that one carries arms while walking in peace. He did not understand, or try to understand, the Sikh perspective. He simply imposed his belief on others (quite ironically too, as that is what he wanted the British to stop doing).

These are only a few example. Talk to your elders, you are bound to hear more stories about him. One more thing that i find annoying is how Gujarat was made into a dry state to respect Gandhi’s views of alcohol (as Gandhi was a Gujarati). However, Punjab’s youth population is sinking into alcoholism and drug addiction, and nothing is being done about it. What about respect to the religious scholars born and raised in Punjab. Challo, as we saw, there doesn’t seem to be any respect for Sikhs, but at least see what Punjab contributed to Hinduism! Many people won’t know this, but the Rig Ved (first of the four veds) was written during the Vedic Period in the area of Punjab. However, I see no attention brought to that. Why does Gandhi’s state get special treatment while other states are withering away?

Apologies for the length of this rant, but there are many reasons why Punjabis are critical of Gandhi and do not deify him.