Sikh Preacher Dhadrianwala speaks about sarkari school. Katha-vachaks need to move beyond, talk politics.




THIS IS WELL KNOWN Sikh preacher, Bhai Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale, speaking in village Jhunir of Mansa district on April 13. 
 
It is good to see a kathavachak, a preacher speaking about the politics of private schools and government-run schools. He seems cued in very well, and gave the example of Rattoke's government-run school. 

The teacher couple he referred to are Ms Renu Singla and her husband Surinder Bansal, both known for their remarkable level of dedication. There are other equally inspired teachers in that school as well as in scores of government schools. 

Our katha-vachaks, ragis, granthis can play a huge role if they explain the state of affairs in which the masses find themselves from the view point of Gurbani, which talks about an egalitarian world and universal welfare. Sarbat Da Bhala.

All women and men of religion must do so.

If they did so, then they would be talking about governments running away from their primary duty of providing for education, health and safety and security. Then they would put to shame the caste-based matrimonials and conspicuous consumption in the face of utter poverty and hunger.

Bhai Dhadrianwale was speaking in Jhunir, Mansa. This area is the hub of Punjab's farm suicides. In fact, in that very village have occurred a number of such tragic cases. 

Kirti is dying. His kirt is not being rewarded. Bhai Dhadrianwale has done the right thing. But the katha-vachaks need to go much beyond.

Remember, Guru Nanak had directly named Babur. Paap ki janj lai... Never shy away from talking politics. This is real people's fight.

And the teachers at Rattoke, well done. You deserve it. 
 
- Editor, Punjab Today
 

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