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

Jang Badhesha
Jyoti Tatla
Ren Singh
Kamaljit singh Mann
Anita Mann
Harpreet Kaur
Nimirta Mann
Shamsher Kang
Mandeep Banga
Manmeet Toor
Harman Singh
Puneet Chhabra
Sharney Bullock
Daman Singh
Winty Singh
Ruby Basra
Manbeer Bhander
Jasjot Sodhi
Kanwal jit Kaur
Randeep Singh
Meet Kaur
Balbir Singh
Mallika Kaur
R Kaur
Gurnoor Kaur
Manpreet Ratra
Harjot Singh
Harman Judge
Ashmeet Sahni
Chetandeep Singh
632 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Jang Badhesha
    signed via 2016-04-22 11:29:50 -0700
  • Jyoti Tatla
    signed 2016-04-22 10:56:15 -0700
  • Ren Singh
    signed 2016-04-22 10:53:52 -0700
  • Kamaljit singh Mann
    signed 2016-04-22 10:48:32 -0700
  • Anita Mann
    signed 2016-04-22 10:42:08 -0700
  • Harpreet Kaur
    signed via 2016-04-22 10:37:23 -0700
  • Nimirta Mann
    signed via 2016-04-22 10:32:16 -0700
  • Shamsher Kang
    signed via 2016-04-22 10:26:21 -0700
    Shamsher S KANG
  • Mandeep Banga
    signed via 2016-04-22 09:57:34 -0700
  • Manmeet Toor
    signed via 2016-04-22 09:52:45 -0700
  • Harman Singh
    signed 2016-04-22 09:36:52 -0700
  • Puneet Chhabra
    signed via 2016-04-22 09:07:47 -0700
    Puneet Chhabra
  • Sharney Bullock
    signed via 2016-04-22 08:45:32 -0700
  • Daman Singh
    signed via 2016-04-22 08:38:53 -0700
  • Winty Singh
    signed via 2016-04-22 08:26:06 -0700
  • Ruby Basra
    signed via 2016-04-22 08:25:06 -0700
  • Manbeer Bhander
    signed 2016-04-22 08:20:18 -0700
  • Jasjot Sodhi
    signed via 2016-04-22 07:58:33 -0700
  • Kanwal jit Kaur
    signed via 2016-04-22 07:07:42 -0700
  • Randeep Singh
    signed 2016-04-22 05:23:26 -0700
  • Meet Kaur
    signed via 2016-04-22 04:31:21 -0700
  • Balbir Singh
    signed via 2016-04-22 04:01:57 -0700
  • Mallika Kaur
    signed via 2016-04-22 02:14:49 -0700
  • R Kaur
    signed 2016-04-22 01:17:34 -0700
  • Gurnoor Kaur
    signed via 2016-04-22 00:46:56 -0700
  • Manpreet Ratra
    signed via 2016-04-22 00:26:21 -0700
  • Harjot Singh
    signed via 2016-04-22 00:20:13 -0700
  • Harman Judge
    signed via 2016-04-22 00:18:03 -0700
  • Ashmeet Sahni
    signed 2016-04-22 00:05:40 -0700
  • Chetandeep Singh
    signed via 2016-04-22 00:03:45 -0700

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