Rashtriya Sikh Sangat

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The Rashtriya Sikh Sangat (lit. "National Sikh Association") is an India-based Sikh organization with about 450 units predominantly in the states of 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 organization 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]

In 2004, the leader of the Akal Takht declared that the Sangat 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 Singh, the president of the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, in Patiala.[1][4]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d 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 Singh's killers to stand trial in UK, British police team arrives to collect evidence". tribuneindia.com.