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

Kiran Bhinder
Sharon Hundal
Vivek Mishra
Rajpal Singh
Jagjeet Singh
Amandip Kahlon
Bajé Thiara
Jasvinder Chima
Kanwal Shergill
kavleen singh
Jasvinder Singh
Sonny Singh
Tina Anand
Guri Singh
Jasmeet Kaur
Navjot Sandhu
Meet Kaur
Jagjit Kang
Rammy Singh
Prabhjot Singh
Rupinder Johal
Sukhjit Ghag
jaspreet kaur
Poli Johal
Gaurav Singh
Prabhjot Kaur
Mandeep Singh
Manjit Kaur
Divya Kaur
Raveena Singh
632 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Kiran Bhinder
    signed via 2016-04-23 13:14:59 -0700
  • Sharon Hundal
    signed via 2016-04-23 13:05:10 -0700
  • Vivek Mishra
    signed via 2016-04-23 12:30:45 -0700
    Vivek Mishra
  • Rajpal Singh
    signed via 2016-04-23 12:20:16 -0700
  • Jagjeet Singh
    signed via 2016-04-23 11:30:17 -0700
  • Amandip Kahlon
    signed 2016-04-23 10:40:20 -0700
  • Bajé Thiara
    signed via 2016-04-23 10:33:58 -0700
  • Jasvinder Chima
    signed via 2016-04-23 09:49:16 -0700
  • Kanwal Shergill
    signed via 2016-04-23 08:27:15 -0700
  • kavleen singh
    signed via 2016-04-23 07:31:06 -0700
  • Jasvinder Singh
    signed via 2016-04-23 06:42:02 -0700
    Shame on organizers and deaf and dumb group of sangat who support
  • Sonny Singh
    signed 2016-04-23 06:28:13 -0700
  • Tina Anand
    signed via 2016-04-22 23:30:57 -0700
    Let’s not encourage men like Chahal to think money can buy him forgiveness.
  • Guri Singh
    signed via 2016-04-22 22:49:58 -0700
  • Jasmeet Kaur
    signed via 2016-04-22 22:19:50 -0700
  • Navjot Sandhu
    signed 2016-04-22 19:33:07 -0700
  • Meet Kaur
    signed 2016-04-22 19:31:37 -0700
  • Jagjit Kang
    signed via 2016-04-22 19:03:02 -0700
  • Rammy Singh
    signed 2016-04-22 16:04:48 -0700
  • Prabhjot Singh
    signed 2016-04-22 14:51:03 -0700
  • Rupinder Johal
    signed 2016-04-22 14:48:02 -0700
  • Sukhjit Ghag
    signed 2016-04-22 14:34:06 -0700
  • jaspreet kaur
    signed 2016-04-22 13:47:23 -0700
  • Poli Johal
    signed 2016-04-22 13:32:59 -0700
  • Gaurav Singh
    signed 2016-04-22 13:13:53 -0700
  • Prabhjot Kaur
    signed 2016-04-22 13:05:15 -0700
  • Mandeep Singh
    signed via 2016-04-22 13:03:50 -0700
  • Manjit Kaur
    signed via 2016-04-22 12:36:04 -0700
  • Divya Kaur
    signed 2016-04-22 12:21:03 -0700
    Divya Kaur
  • Raveena Singh
    signed 2016-04-22 11:58:52 -0700

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