Minority cultures have always survived as an illusion of a balanced rational-protection extended by the majority. That is, the majority culture has always depicted minor culture as an independent rational entity, portraying its survival as the basis of a modern tolerant society. However, this is fundamentally and factually not true.
I will use Sikhs living in United Kingdom to illustrate the point.
Like the Gurkhas, Sikhs are intrinsically docile, peaceful, caring, thoughtful, hospitable, and accommodating. Their polite tolerance has led them to be used, abused, and taken advantage of. We saw this in India’s promises pre-independence, and we see it today in how they are treated in the UK and other western countries.
In the United Kingdom, Sikhs have repeatedly had their cultural identity and articles of faith downgraded to a point where their kirpan, which for spiritual reasons has to have a 9 inch blade, has systematically been reduced in length to a 6 inch blade. Furthermore, the wearer is refused entry aboard a commercial flight. The equally important instrument that every turban-wearing Sikh carries, namely a five inch blunt needle used to tuck back hair that escapes along the lower edge of the turban, is also not permitted on board commercial flights. By contrast, Indian airlines permit both these article of faith – the kirpan and tucking-needle – as part of the essential grooming kit of every male Sikh.
So, let’s examine some of the reasoning behind the constant abuse and meddling through which the British government denigrates Sikh lifestyle, cultural norms, and religious heritage.
The primary facilitator of these attacks on Sikhs is their own deep capacity for tolerance. They deem it impolite to protest openly and overtly, because they consider the opposition should be culturally civilised. However, if the other side refuses to see the value of the Sikhs’ initial reasoning then Sikhs (like Gurkhas) consider the other side to be emotionally retarded, mentally inadequate, culturally uncivilized, and allow the opposition to ride roughshod over them. Their opponents just think ‘well, that was easy’.
Democracy is founded on the concept that the minority’s wellbeing is an unquestionable right, and a civilisation that protects minority rights is considered enlightened and modern. However, in the United Kingdom, Sikhs have always experienced the opposite of this maxim.
Additionally, Sikhs often create their own problems because their lack of guile, scheming, cunning, and deceit repeatedly short-changes them.
I will share some recent examples to illustrate the point.
During March and April, Sikhs exercise a traditional and fundamental faith-rite of taking the Sri Gurugranthsahibji on a spiritual cleansing and purifying procession, called ‘Nagar Kirtan’, through the streets from one Gurdwara to another of a given town, or indeed circumambulating the local streets of a Gurdwara if it is the only one in the town. Over the past ten and more years, the advent of Sikh-run radio and television stations has given Sikhs a new-found freedom of speech platform. This has led eager, well-intentioned but untrained reporters, and equally well-intentioned but untrained editors to allow utterly thoughtless, ill-informed individuals to express their opinions on the public media platform.
One elderly rotund man who happened not to wear a turban and represented one of the Gurdwaras of Southall stated: ‘The event is not managed professionally, and the free food stalls only serve rich Panjabi fare when they should only serve healthy food’ (from which I assume he meant a Mediterranean diet) ‘as our diet is very unhealthy and our people don’t do any exercise on top of that…’. This idiotic, ill-informed man’s views were broadcast live without any form of correction.
Because the reporters were all recent settlers in the UK. To not question or challenge a statement is a bedrock of their socialization, such that any mention of a European experience is lapped up verbatim even if it is utter nonsense.
Why were the remarks sheer stupidity?
Well, if we examine the normal Panjabi diet and compare it to the Mediterranean diet, nutritional reasoning would suggest that Mediterraneans outlive Panjabis by dozens of years, and that they die fit and healthy.
The reality is that one’s genetic makeup determines longevity, while fitness and diet have a smaller part to play in the scheme of things. On top of which a millennia old cultural diet hones a race’s ability to handle that diet, so that if it was fed a fundamentally alien diet to its DNA this would eventually have powerful degenerative effects on the individual. Added to which, diet advice by scientists and nutritionists changes every few weeks in the west. So, their opinion is hardly gospel anyway. Altogether, this renders the elderly man’s opinion groundless; and anyway his own physical shape strongly suggested he diets gleefully on the very rich Panjabi diet that he publicly denounced, and his protruding belly indicates that he rarely exercises if at all.
Holier-than-thou idiots are very fast to criticise the management of an event, but ask them to take charge and coordinate it themselves, and they soon realise precisely how difficult such a project is to handle.
The ill-conjectured statement broadcast on television failed to understand that the ‘Nagar Kirtan’ ‘langar’ (baptised, sanctified food) has to be in keeping with the customary ‘langar’ consumed during the times of the Sikh Gurus. The entire faith-ritual is about re-enacting several aspects of tradition established since the times of the Gurus.
Consequently, if a Mediterranean diet were foisted on the masses who partake in the spiritual journey of ‘Nagar Kirtan’, it is hardly going to exponentially increase the longevity of their life.
The very idea of ‘langar’ is not that of a free kitchen along with free food. ‘Langar’ intimates that the donors, cooks and servers are partaking in a hands-on spiritual ‘seva’ (selfless service) for their own spiritual improvement, and that those who partake in the ‘parsad’ (blessed and sanctified food) equally feel and sense their own spiritual awakening.
Unfortunately, heath and safety came knocking as soon as the first massive Gurdwara in the western world was constructed, and insisted that the ‘langar’ preparations had to abide by commercial kitchen standards. THEY ARE NOT COMMERCIAL BLOODY KITCHENS. It is not my or my culture’s fault that you Anglo-Saxons are dumb and dim dunces when it comes to advanced spiritual practices and nuances. The leading committee of the Gurdwara readily deferred their own advanced state of mind, and while discarding the Anglo-Saxon representative from London Borough of Ealing Council a dimwit retard, nevertheless accepted the commercial constraints on the ‘langar’ area. It did so to the point that cultural tradition in that Gurdwara has been destroyed, and this has deeply scarred the congregation. Well done London Borough of Ealing’s health and safety.
Sikhs assume that if they keep on accommodating the backwardness of the Anglo-Saxon mindset, Anglo-Saxons will very soon have an epiphany. That is never going to happen. Why? Because race-Europeans lack the quintessential organ for spiritual growth. They lack skin pigment.
The matter has become worse.
The police who marshal such spiritual events now insist that the Gurdwara pay commercial rates to the police for doing so. Sikhs seem unprepared to fight their corner, while deeming the police position to be that of a backward civilisation, to whom it is not worth explaining matters.
Let us examine this further.
A Gurdwara is a charitable institution. It is not a business. And unlike a football club it does not generate commercial income. If the police authority cannot distinguish commerce from cultural spiritual rationale, then it will not be very long before we in this country will have Asian migrant kids policing our towns and cities. After all, if the police is to mirror a commercial enterprise then its personnel expenditure will have to be trimmed to a point that indigenous natives will refuse to get out of bed to work as policemen/women. This then means that either (regardless of Brexit) east Europeans are hired, or Asian migrant personnel are drafted in on an income that would be palatable to them.
Conservative governments seem to run this country as if it were a business. No, this country is not a business. It is a country. And if you cannot get your small minds around that simple idea then it is no wonder you are forever cutting welfare and care to the members of our community who need our collective help. We are not all born equal, but we all have dignity. Dignity exists on the principle that those more able should willingly care for those who are unable to care for themselves. There is no law written anywhere in stone, or in any figment of imagination, that allows one human – say for example, Ian Duncan Smith MP – to shrill with his private hair in knots that those who are less well off, or incapable, should be mercilessly pilloried.
And just to hammer home my point: ever tried zero hours, Mr Ian Duncan Smith MP? Sorry, that question was aimed at his dog, and if he does not have one, then please get a dog, and kindly put the question to that dog. Because the dog will have a better appreciation of the question then Mr Ian Duncan Smith MP ever will. Mr Ian Duncan Smith MP is an exact example of the dumb and dim dunce Anglo-Saxon I allude to above. On your death, Mr Ian Duncan Smith MP, please show the rest of humanity how you are going to take your wealth with you. You, like the rest of the motley crew, are going to leave it all behind here on this third-rate iron-rust-bucket planet called mother Earth.
The second example I share of Sikhs successfully scoring an own goal time and again involves myself.
I held talks with one of the Sikh television stations to broadcast, from a minority viewpoint, the absurd mistreatment by government institutions of minorities. Coming from me it would have been balanced but characteristically also very hard-hitting. My mobile and home phone is under constant surveillance and naturally ‘they’ were aware of the discussions I was having. In a very short space of time, the leader of the London Borough of Ealing Council, Councillor Ian Bell, accompanied by the London Borough of Ealing Police Commander, contacted the television owners and invited themselves to a meeting with the owners.
The Sikh owners – one is a brickie turned self-made multi-millionaire, and the main person is a very pious accountant – were massively ego-massaged. They were left with a strong impression not to rock the boat as it might have a detrimental effect on the television station. Thus, they contacted me to inform me that my idea for the half-hour weekly documentary would not be supported.
Now here is the best part.
A few months after this meeting the television station was hit by the television authorities with a 30,000.00 pound sterling fine.
Had the owners of that particular television station held their ground and backed me, then the fine would never have been imposed, as I would have hit hard at the appropriate authorities: naming and shaming both the leader of the London Borough of Ealing Council councillor Ian Bell, and the Ealing Borough police commander for intimidation, coercion, and abusing their privilege and position in order to levy unacceptable pressure on the freedom of the media in the United Kingdom.
Minorities are repeatedly told to assimilate and mimic English behaviour. Tony Blair was a great one for pushing that agenda. The ill-conceived concept was designed to propel minorities to become mindless mimickers of the English lifestyle, without adopting the abject rudeness of their ‘speak my mind’ attitude.
I am a product of observed and absorbed English behaviour and attitude. Thus, when needed, I can automatically be as selfish, centered, egotistical and petty as your normal bog-standard English bloke.
Yet, I repeatedly refrain, and it has to be said, I have to consciously urge myself to behave in that retarded fashion and mimic English behaviour.
However, Sikhs of the United Kingdom on the whole refuse to downgrade themselves and mimic English behaviour and attitude. And herein lies the crux of their problem. If they are not prepared to become selfish and self-centered, then they (like the Gurkha) will be used, abused, and discarded except when a government needs their military prowess.
Sikhs are at yet another cross-roads in their history. They intuitively know that they are ready to up sticks and leave their hard-earned wealth here, and re-locate as penniless refugees to another part of the globe where their entrepreneurship will be welcomed – as it once was here in the United Kingdom, just as it once was in east Africa.
But, will Sikhs leave having had their cultural norms weakened? No. I am of the opinion that they will revive them at the new place. And that is the relief that I live with, knowing that my cultural integrity will not be permanently diluted or weakened, regardless of the constant attacks here in the free west on my cultural norms and standards.
Once we minorities have left these shores, the United Kingdom’s indigenous natives can run this country as they see fit. After all, Iceland is going great guns without any input from a minority culture, so why should this Anglo-Saxon island called the United Kingdom not be able to do the same?