September 2020 \ Diaspora News \ POLITICAL COLUMN: LORD RAMI RANGER

The tragedy of Sikhs is that they have not found a leader ...

By Lord Rami Ranger CBE
  • Lord Rami Ranger CBE

The tragedy of Sikhs is that they have not found a leader worthy of carrying forward the legacy of their illustrious Gurus since Maharaja Ranjit Singh. We are still trying to get over the fall-out from the lack of vision and leadership of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, now another “visionary”, Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, has appeared from America. He now wishes to lead the Sikhs by carrying forward the legacy of Bhindranwale. No one has divided Sikhs more than Bhindranwala and also poisoned the minds of our youth who have limited understanding of our faith and history but feel angry due to the attack on the Golden Temple. Sadly, the attack led to the assassination of the then Prime Minister of India, Mrs Indira Gandhi and her death followed anti-Sikh riots in India. Thousand innocent Sikhs were massacred in the communal riots. It is unfortunate that a so-called ‘Saint’, a man of peace and harmony could inflict massive damage to the image of Sikhs in India by considering himself to be over and above the rule of law.