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 A couple of years ago, some Sikh parents in
  Toronto were charged with child abuse, based on
  the evidence given by their children.
 It is sad that a twenty-minute documentary was
  shown on television depicting the 'harsh' and
  'dictatorial' behavior of the parents towards their
  grown up children.
 The Sikhs felt bad, some even angry and raised
  objections against presenting this negative image
  of them by the media.
 The community felt that the parents did no wrong
  because it was their duty to save their children
  from going on the wrong path.
 Everybody was very upset to observe the
 irresponsible behavior of our youth and the
 'wrong' reaction of their parents.
 Some students missed their classes to
 participate in daytime drink-and-dance
 The parents hit the children for ignoring
 their studies and failing their examinations.
 Some well-behaved senior students of
  Toronto were called them to an informal
  meeting to discuss the issue with them.
 I wanted them to advise the rebellious youth
  that their primary responsibility is to study.
 Further, they should convince their junior
  friends to listen to their parents and be
  respectful to them.
 To the responsible youth gathered in a friends
  house, I proposed, "Let us try to understand where
  we have failed to let that sad incidence happen,
  and what we can do to improve the image of our
 Unexpectedly, everyone started blaming me as if I
  was the real culprit responsible for the problem.
 It appeared as if the youth had summoned me to
  be thrashed by them for my failures.
              coward teacher.

 "Uncle, you are a coward teacher.
 You tell us to respect the Sikh tenets.
 Why do you not dare to tell the same thing
  to the parents and the adults?
 Are you scared to face them?
 Are you a Sikh?
 A Sikh is not scared to tell the truth?..."
 The tables having been turned on me, I became
 Everyone had something to say to me as if they
  had planned to accuse me, or maybe, to awaken
  me to my duty, whichever way one may think.
 They even named some responsible Sikhs,
  members of the gurdwara management, and even
  some preachers, who did not care to respect Sikh
       Adults are the role model
 This seemed to go on ad infinitum.
 The break came when one youth said, "Why
  blame youth? Adults are the role model for us.
 If these things are good for them, they cannot be
  bad for us.
 If you are a fearless Sikh, you should advise the
 You did not dare to tell this even once to them."
           parents practice it.

 Shooting of these allegations ended when
  one of them said, "It is no use telling us to
  follow the Sikh Reht, to avoid alcohol and
  not to dance at parties, unless you make our
  parents practice it.
 As long as the parents do not listen to you,
  the youth will not care to listen to you."
 Mr. A. Singh got drunk at the party, his
  turban fell off, and his hair were spread;
  even Mr. B. Singh was found drinking.
 Last Sunday, Mr. C and Mrs. C. celebrated
  the silver jubilee of their wedding.
 Some Sikhs drank too much, they fought
  among themselves and were arrested by the
 "The other day, the youth slapped me, of
  course, not with their hands, but with their
  words.... Unless the parents themselves observe
  the Sikh Reht, how can they expect the youth to
  follow it?
 When we enter the gurdwara hall, all of us bow
  to the Guru Granth Sahib.
 It means we respect Gurbani and promise to
  obey its directions. Gurbani says that a Sikh
  should not drink.
 To save our children, whom we love so
  much, I request all Sikhs to throw away the
  bottle, and start reciting Nitnem from today

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