Open Letter to the San Jose Gurdwara Sangat

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh

Dear San Jose Gurdwara Sangat,

Saadh Sangat Ji, your name is being misused.  We hope it's a mistake, but getting answers has been anything but easy.  Those most responsible have not given straight answers, while they have publicly supported a cause that should not be supported.

sj.jpgWe speak of the current campaign of Gurbaksh Chahal.  Gurbaksh Chahal comes from a Sikh family and is well-known due to his success in the tech field.  However, he has gained notoriety for being guilty of domestic violence battery and assaulting his ex-girlfriend.  Unfortunately this was not a lone act and he seems to have a history of repeated abuse against women.  This is something we as a Sikh community organization take very seriously - this month we are recognizing and sharing stories related to Sexual Assault Awareness Month - and something we believe that the Sikh community is beginning to openly discuss and create institutions to fight.

Recently Gurbaksh has launched a campaign against the San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.  Chahal accuses Gascon of being racist.  This may or may not be true.  However, what is troubling is that the San Jose Gurdwara Committee has openly supported his cause without reference to his abuse against women.  Committee Members have openly supported Chahal on television and have repeatedly posted encouragement on the Gurdwara Facebook Page.  While individuals are more than welcome to solicit support from the sangat, what has been lost here is the story of the victim.  Though the US Court of Law are unable to provide justice despite video evidence of the physical assault against a woman, for the Sikh the Guru is the sanctuary of justice ("Poora Niyaao Kareh Karthaar") - and as the Sangat is the embodiment of the True Guru ("Sathsangat Sathgur Paayah"), then it is for the Sangat to hold the perpetrator accountable.

Any Sikh can seek the bakshish (forgiveness) of the Guru and Sangat through humility and authenticity.  Unfortunately, Gurbaksh has yet to do this.  Instead he has forged a "astroturf" campaign over the internet and attempting to bus sangat members from San Jose Gurdwara to San Francisco on Friday for his vendetta against the SF District Attorney.

Screen_Shot_2016-04-21_at_4.25.26_AM.pngIf we remain silent and allow our Gurdwaras to be manipulated and used in such matters, how will we answer our Guru?  If we are silent in the face of oppression, how can we answer Guru Nanak that told us to stand with all those that are oppressed and marginalized (Neechaa andar neech jaath neechee hu ath neech; Nanak thin kai sang saath vadiyaa sio kiaa rees")?  Are we the Sikhs of the same Guru that stood with Bhai Lalo instead of Malik Bhago?  What is the message we are giving to our young sisters, mothers, and future generations of women?

Saadh Sangat Ji, we ask you to sign this petition so that you can make sure your voice is noted.  We will present the will of the sangat to the SJ Gurdwara Committee Members and hope that they change their stance.

In Chardikala (Eternal optimism) of Panth Ki Jeet (Victory to the Panth!),

Jakara Movement Sevadar/nis. 

Who's signing

Sandeep Singh
Paramjit Singh
Shamsher Kang
Anokh Sohal
G Chahil
Bhupinder Gill
Tony Dhoot
Preet Grewal
Sandeep Nahal
Pinder Nahal
david smith
Manvir Singh
Nabi Sekhon
Gurleen Rai
Bachitter Sangha
himat singh
Manjot Singh
Ranbir Sekhon
Harjot Gill
Chet Mandair
Harinder Singh
Amandeep Singh
Harpreet Singh Kohli
Harjit Lally
Joti Kaur
Poonam Dhaliwal
Rajinder Gill
Kam Cheema
Taranpreet Kaur
Kiran Bhinder
631 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Sandeep Singh
    signed via 2018-06-05 06:05:14 -0700
  • Paramjit Singh
    signed 2018-05-30 23:22:38 -0700
    There is another guy also a drug dealer and so called lawyer is perusing his case is Rajvir(Raju) aka jessie jasvir using his fathers name. Raju is using him because of the money

    Thanks

    Paramjit
  • Shamsher Kang
    signed via 2017-04-22 13:51:38 -0700
    Shamsher Kang
  • Anokh Sohal
    signed 2016-08-19 13:56:23 -0700
  • G Chahil
    signed via 2016-08-16 07:26:46 -0700
  • Bhupinder Gill
    signed via 2016-08-15 17:35:21 -0700
  • Tony Dhoot
    signed via 2016-08-15 10:40:49 -0700
  • Preet Grewal
    signed via 2016-08-15 08:55:10 -0700
    It’s a disgrace when committee member’s start to misuse Gurudwar’s resources
  • Sandeep Nahal
    signed via 2016-08-15 07:43:03 -0700
    Sandeep Nahal
  • Pinder Nahal
    signed via 2016-08-14 22:11:33 -0700
    thank you, i witnessed the commitee asking to support chahal and familiar with his issues and as a father, this was very disturbing. mr dhillion needs to be removed
  • david smith
    signed via 2016-08-09 22:24:32 -0700
  • Manvir Singh
    signed via 2016-08-09 11:10:52 -0700
  • Nabi Sekhon
    signed via 2016-07-30 07:12:57 -0700
    Good Work.
  • Gurleen Rai
    signed via 2016-05-12 13:08:48 -0700
    Thanks Poonam
  • Bachitter Sangha
    signed via 2016-05-06 18:39:27 -0700
    Bachitter Sangha
  • himat singh
    signed via 2016-05-02 13:21:33 -0700
  • Manjot Singh
    signed 2016-05-02 08:21:03 -0700
  • Ranbir Sekhon
    signed via 2016-04-24 15:32:56 -0700
    Gurudwaras shouldn’t be involved in personal issues of any individual. Only issues which are panthic in nature, requires Gurdwara and sangats involvement
  • Harjot Gill
    signed 2016-04-24 14:24:06 -0700
  • Chet Mandair
    signed 2016-04-24 12:45:54 -0700
  • Harinder Singh
    signed 2016-04-24 12:04:14 -0700
  • Amandeep Singh
    signed 2016-04-24 11:19:24 -0700
  • Harpreet Singh Kohli
    signed via 2016-04-24 10:24:00 -0700
  • Harjit Lally
    signed 2016-04-23 19:55:51 -0700
    I heard about this and was very disappointed in how anyone could support someone accused of domestic violence.
  • Joti Kaur
    signed 2016-04-23 16:58:04 -0700
    Jaskiranjot Kaur
  • Poonam Dhaliwal
    signed via 2016-04-23 16:41:31 -0700
  • Rajinder Gill
    signed via 2016-04-23 16:20:16 -0700
  • Kam Cheema
    signed 2016-04-23 16:16:01 -0700
  • Taranpreet Kaur
    signed 2016-04-23 15:20:19 -0700
  • Kiran Bhinder
    signed via 2016-04-23 13:14:59 -0700

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