These Sikhs have been in Afghanistan for generations!

By Dr Jasjit Singh | OPINION

1/ Thread on #Afghani #Sikhs. So upset about yesterday’s attack on #Sikhs in #Afghanistan. Since the start of the year I’ve been helping a number of Afghani #Sikh families in Britain who’ve been threatened with deportation …

2/ Because they don’t wear turbans and don’t speak #Punjabi (erm because they’ve been in #Afghanistan for generations!) the @ukhomeoffice think they’re not #Sikh. I interview them about their #Sikh practices, rather than a textbook representation to show they are #Sikh

3/ Most of the recent arrivals have been from Kosht (rural). All have told me about the persecution they faced as ‘Kuffars’ (non-Muslims) – from their children being kidnapped, being bullied at school, having their hair cut by their ‘classmates’ …

4/ To the #gurdwara in Kosht being destroyed in retaliation for the destruction of the Babri Masjid in India. One told me how his youngest son had been kidnapped and made into a ‘dancing boy’ (read The Kite Runner if you don’t know what these are). Child now has mental health issues

5/ Most of the families I have spoken to came to the UK via #Moscow – their accounts of racism there are horrific (something I can’t forget while watching the #WorldCup)

6/ Yesterday’s events are so upsetting. There are lots of #Afghani #Sikhs now in the UK particularly in Southall and Tooting but I’ve met families from all over the UK. They say they’ve been supported well by local #Gurdwaras and #Sikh communities so far – long may this continue

7/ For reference: | Click here | Click here | Click here | Click here | Click here | Click here | Click here | Click here

Dr Jasjit Singh, who is from the School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science at University of Leeds, led the ‘Ethno-National, Religio-Cultural Or Anti-Muslim? Investigating Sikh Radicalisation In Britain’ project. He shared this note on the social media

* This is the opinion of the writer, organisation or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of Asia Samachar.



Sikhs and Hindus Bear Brunt of Latest Afghanistan Suicide Attack – Report (Asia Samachar, 2 July 2018)


[ASIA SAMACHAR is an online newspaper for Sikhs / Punjabis in Asia. How to reach us: Facebook message or WhatsApp +6017-335-1399. Our email: For obituary announcements, click here]