The major part of the world is burning today, and many of us are enjoying drawing-room chats about how the world is going down.
But, there are also certain guardian angels who NEVER think twice before leaving everything behind and helping the needy, who NEVER just sit back and complain.
Time and again when the disasters crept in, Sikhs emerged to offer help.
And the recent beautiful gesture offered by Maharashtra Sikh Association towards the drought-stricken Latur village in Maharashtra, has got us reminiscing of other recent times when the turban-clad beautiful hearts held out the much-needed helping hand to save the humanity.
1. Maharashtra Sikh Association has offered to adopt the drought-stricken Latur village, Marathwada
The testing days of Maharashtra farmers are known to all, but a bright ray of hope has emerged in the form of Maharashtra Sikh Association. In addition to offering the monetary support to 25 severely hit families in Latur, they have openly stated their desire to adopt the entire village.
The Latur village has been hit by poverty so severe that a few days ago a girl committed suicide because she no longer owned money to buy a monthly bus pass.
The spokesperson of the association, Mr. Mal Malkit Singh has even expressed the association’s willingness to support the education of her sister and if she wishes to go abroad to study, that will be taken care of too.
2. When Mumbaikars fell prey to yet another monsoon standstill, the turban-clad good men came out to their rescue
Nothing stops the bustling life of Mumbai like the rains. And when the rains brought the local train services to an undesirable halt in June of this year, the misery of the numerous stranded commuters was cushioned, thanks to the joint efforts of Khalsa Aid organization and Shri Guru Singh Sabha volunteers. They distributed langar meals to the stranded commuters who otherwise, would have stayed hungry for hours.
3. Khalsa Aid went to the Iraq-Syria border to feed the refugees
This year’s September, a team of Khalsa Aid collaborated with several local organizations to provide the Syrian refugees basic daily necessities.
And let me tell you, Iraq-Syria border isn’t the only place they have offered helped. Haiti, Yemen, Lebanon, and Nepal too have been showered upon with their love and care.
4. When two Sikhs let go of the religious protocol andunraveled their turban to save 4 lives from drowning
They were struggling to keep their heads afloat the gushing waters in a canal at Sular Ghat, northern Punjab, India.
On witnessing such a horrifying scene, the braveheart Inderpal Singh, knew he didn’t have the time to devise a plan, there were lives involved after all. So in a quick action, he unraveled his dastar and threw it towards the 4 drowning boys, one of whom was coincidentally named Inderpal Singh, and pulled them to safety.
A Kanwaljit Singh too came forward eventually and used his dastar to strengthen the efforts of Inderpal Singh.
5. A similar incident took place in NZ when a Sikh used his turban to curb the bleeding from the head of a boy who was hit by a car
Harman Singh took off his turban and tucked it under the profusely bleeding head of the boy. Unsurprisingly, the saviour received tons of appreciation messages, and not just that. People were so touched by his selfless act that the NZ television network One News, in a kind response, furnished Harman Singh’s apartment, which previously had only a mattress and plastic garden chairs in the living room. An evidently touched Harman Singh couldn’t hold back his tears.
Well, he totally deserved it.
The boy who was hit (Daejon Pahia), his family couldn’t thank the hero enough for saving their kid’s life.
6. When the worst-in-80-years tragedy hit Nepal, the Sikh bodies stood tall
They initiated the humanitarian efforts to help the thousands who were left starving when the Earth shook their lives for the worst.
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) announced they would send 25 thousand food packets every day to the grief-stricken nation. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), on the other hand, announced the delivery of 20 thousand food packets every Sunday.
And it weren’t these organizations alone. United Sikh and Khalsa Aid, unsurprisingly, also extended a much-needed helping hand. Khalsa Aid sent volunteers to Nepal and had the relief material air-lifted with the help of certain Kathmandu airlines.
7. When they set a beautiful example before the world by organizing interfaith langar at Jama Masjid in Ludhiana
Such heart-warming gestures are not only a slap in the face of the hate-inducing politicians but also serve as a sound live example of the otherwise only-preached idea of universal love.
8. When a Sikh was hailed “Australian of the day” for feeding the homeless for three years
Tejinder Pal Singh is a driver in Darwin, Australia who was awarded the title in August of 2015. The great Sikh, along with his son Navdeep conducts a monthly food drive feeding upto 100 of Darwin’s hungry and needy, after finishing his shift as a cabbie. His van carries the message, ‘Free Indian food for hungry and needy people, Provide Sikh family.’ Tejinder has gotten many offers of monetary support, but he urges more people to start food drives of their own to feed the needy.
They didn’t go out in heavy rains to help the stranded city people in order to make for cover page news. They didn’t save the lives thinking media channels will come at their homes to reward them.
They did so because it was the right thing to do.
Something we all should think about.