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Lalkaar 2012-Building Begampura: Confronting Caste

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Published on Jun 23, 2012

All credit goes to the original filmmakers - see the full video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgDGmY... - we strongly encourage you to watch the entire film.

The following segment was played at the Jakara Movement's 13th annual Lalkaar 2012 - Building Begampura: Confronting Caste

The apartheid in our villages, Gurdwaras, communities, language, hearts, and minds opposes that liberation and freedom of mind, spirit, and body that the Guru Sahiban inculcated within us.

When we are silent; when we are complicit; when we add an unnecessary casteist adjective; when we laugh at jokes that perpetuate stereotypes - we fail the spirit of Sikhi. However, we also have the ability to change. We have the ability to deconstruct the divisions of our mind.

This is the Guru's challenge to us! This is the Guru's Lalkaar! Can we as Sikhs create that community enshrined in the Guru Granth Sahib? Can we "build Begampura" as Bhagat Ravidas Ji inspired us so long ago?

Take the pledge! And let us start this path together.

http://jakara.org/begampura

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