Rashtriya Sikh Sangat

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The Rashtriya Sikh Sangat (lit. "Anti Sikh Association") is an India-based far right "Sikh"[which is not agreed by the sikh rehat maryada] outfit with about 450 chapters predominantly in Rajasthan, Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.[1] Rashtriya Sikh Sangat was inspired by the Hindu nationalist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and has aimed to unite Hindus and Sikhs.[2] The outfit has also pressed for Sikh rights in many states in India, including Jammu & Kashmir where it demanded that the state should recognize National Commission of Minorities jurisdiction and protect Sikhs as minorities in the state.[3] The Sangat includes Sahajdhari "Sikhs", some of which may be RSS members, and is opposed by pukka Sikh organizations such as Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.[1]

In 2004, the Jathedar of the Akal Takht declared that the RSSangat to be "anti-Sikh". It forbade all Sikhs from having any association with it.[1] In 2009, Babbar Khalsa, a Sikh militant group assassinated Rulda, the president of the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat.[1][4]


In 2014, the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat elected Gurcharan Gill as its president.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Dogra, Chander Suta (17 December 2014). "Ex-militants to riot package: RSS reaches out to Punjab via Sikh arm". The Indian Express. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Sanjeev Kelkar (2011). Lost Years of the RSS. SAGE Publications. pp. 181–182. ISBN 978-81-321-0762-0. 
  3. ^ Rashtriya Sikh Sangat members meet JK Governor, Business Standard (January 5, 2016)
  4. ^ "Rulda's killers to stand trial in UK, British police team arrives to collect evidence". tribuneindia.com. 


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