Dal Khalsa slams Sikh leadership over US survey finding

Dal Khalsa slams Sikh leadership over US survey findingAMRITSAR: Citing a survey in the USA which has revealed that 49 per cent of Americans believe that “Sikhs were a sect of Islam”, radical outfit Dal Khalsa has slammed the religio-political leadership of the community saying it had failed to create awareness about their separate and distinct identity.

In a hard-hitting statement, Dal Khalsa head HS Dhami said it was a matter of irony that while in India, Sikhs were being clubbed as a “part of the Hindu ocean”, in the eyes of westerners, they were being viewed as “a sect of Islam”.

The survey, by SALDEF and Stanford University, said that 49 per cent of all Americans believe “Sikhs were a sect of Islam”.

Terming it a sorry state of affairs for Sikhs, Dhami asked the leadership of the community, including the heads of Akal Takht, SGPC, DSGMC and SAD to ponder upon “who was responsible for this mess”.

He urged SGPC and DSGMC to set up joint ‘Sikh Missions’ in the capitals of all major western countries to dispel mistaken notions about the Sikh identity.-PTI

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