Archive | July, 2009

Agenda for the Discussion

20 Jul

We will meet at Milford Gurdwara this Saturday at 10:00 am for the discussion on ‘Singh Sabha Movement’. The discussion is organized in three parts:

1] The first part of the discussion is structured around the following topics:

  • Historical background

    Khalsa College - Founded during Singh Sabha Movt.

  • Critical events that spurred the movement (e.g., four Sikh students announcing their decision to convert to Christianity)
  • Some key people involved & their contribution (e.g., Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha – ‘Hum Hindu Nahin’)
  • How the movement unfolded
  • Differences within the Singh Sabhas (e.g., Amritsar & Lahore; retaining or rejecting Hindu practices at Harmandir Sahib)
  • The role of British govt. (help or impediment?)
  • Achievements of the Movement (e.g., paved the way for Gurdwara Reform Act, SGPC, Sikh Rehat Maryada, Khalsa College, etc)
  • Controversies/debates about the movement (e.g., ‘reformist’ versus ‘revivalist’ nature of Singh Sabha Movement)

2] The second part involves applying the above learning. It is centered around the question: how do we apply the lessons learnt from the Singh Sabha Movement to affect change in the current times?

In this breakout session we will split into groups; each group will:

  • Identify a problem area affecting the Sikh society.
  • Explain the problem. [Describe the problem, list possible causes of the problem, and the significance/need to address the problem.]
  • Suggest a plan of action.
  • Identify likely resistance to the proposed plan and what can be done about it.
  • Deliver a short presentation to the other groups.

3] Wrap up.