The Sikh community has laid a strong foundation of humility and humanity. Be it the floods, the gory attack in London, the rough conditions in Syria or the celebration of Ramzan in Pakistan – the lining – Sikh community has opened their doors, their hearts, and Gurudwaras when the world has needed them the most.The long battle of Tamil Nadu farmers in Delhi is just not coming to an end, but the team has found a new ally at the national capital’s Jantar Mantar. Bangla Sahib, a shrine known for offering refuge to anyone in need, has opened its doors for these hapless farmers. The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has decided to feed these farmers who are fighting for loan waiver and drought relief package. “These protesters at Jantar Mantar come from far places. Neither do they know the language nor where to go to eat. So we deliver langar food twice a day to them. We would have provided them accommodation too but they haven’t asked for that service yet,” says Manjit Singh, President of DSGMC, reports.These farmers have been protesting for over 100 days now and are reeling under financial crisis. They’ve been beating themselves with flip-flops, enacting suicidal attempts and are doing a lot more to get some attention. They’re here to demand Rs. 40,000-crore drought relief package, farm loan waiver and a committee to manage Cauvery. In a bid to help them during this hardship, Bangla Sahib Gurdwara decided to serve. They offer lunch with three chapatis, dal, sabzi and kheer to more than 10,000 visitors every day. “We initially took the same food for the farmers but soon realised they prefer rice over chapatis. So now we send some rice too. After all, this is Guru ka Langar and we don’t discriminate. Some consider it our allegiance to their protest but no, we are just serving those who seek Guru’s help,” says Manjit Singh. The Sikh community has never failed to manifest their support. Let’s hope that other communities are able to build the same harmony as theirs.
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