In India, there is a cast called the Sikh. When I was 18 in the final class of high school, I remember they told us they were untouchables. But it seems the notion includes more people than only the Sikhs.
Untouchability, in its literal sense, is the practice of ostracising a minority group by segregating them from the mainstream by social custom or legal mandate. The term is most commonly associated with treatment of the Dalit communities in the Indian subcontinent who were considered “polluting”, but the term has also been loosely used to refer to other groups, such as the Cagots in Europe, and the Al-Akhdam in Yemen.
Traditionally, the groups characterized as untouchable were those whose occupations and habits of life involved ritually polluting activities, such as fishermen, manual scavengers, sweepers and washermen.
I want to be a voice for all those who feel improbable down here. But first, let’s explore how Sikhism originated.
What If You Had Misread Something?
The history of Sikhism is closely associated with the history of Punjab and the socio-political situation in 16th-century Northwestern Indian subcontinent (modern Pakistan and India). During the Mughal rule of India (1556–1707), Sikhism was in conflict with the Mughal empire laws, because they were affecting political successions of Mughals while cherishing saints from Hinduism and Islam.
The Mughal Empire or Mogul Empire was an empire in the Indian subcontinent, founded in 1526. It was established and ruled by the Timurid dynasty, with Turco-Mongol Chagatai roots from Central Asia, claiming direct descent from both Genghis Khan (through his son Chagatai Khan) and Timur, and with significant Indian Rajput and Persian ancestry through marriage alliances; the first two Mughal emperors had both parents of Central Asian ancestry, while successive emperors were of predominantly Persian and Rajput ancestry.
The dynasty was Indo-Persian in culture, combining Persianate culture with local Indian cultural influences visible in its court culture and administrative customs. Prominent Sikh Gurus were killed by mogal rulers for refusing to their orders, and for opposing the persecution of Sikhs and Hindus.
I read a few weeks ago that Sikhism originated because their initial gurus were tortured by Muslims, not Mogals. Let’s talk about the improbable a little bit.
Have You Ever Seen Someone Sick In The Subway?
On occasions, you can witness someone sick in the subway. Most of the time, the underground will be stopped while they deal with the incident.
During WW3 who is still not in the history books, I had the privilege to witness a giant Sikh Hindu in the subway in a context of war. Do you think he was there to protect me? Now he was there to kill me because I was listening more and more to French music like Niagara, Axel Bauer, Mathieu Chedid and Benjamin Biolay.
People want more and more; that’s a fact. Our liver is hanging more and more by a thread and the doctor says we ought to be dead. What if your car doesn’t climb this hill?
Is There A Lesson To Remember Today?
I read Sikhism started because some Indian people were tortured by Muslims. Today I read it wasn’t a Muslim but a Mogal. What kind of difference does it make exactly? A big one and I’m going to explain why.
In the context of WW3, Indians and Afghans were battling for power. We need to know if they are friends or not. Lately, I also blogged about misheard lyrics: that can be funny. But misread history is not funny at all.
What if the message of Jesus was exactly the opposite than what we know today? What if the message of Jesus was about the importance of rivalry and vengeance? Cruel intentions?
Can You Laugh Of Everything?
As a conclusion, here’s the lesson to remember from that post: everything you do, think and feel might depend on the initial intention. Lately, I was reading an interview of French humorists. They said that you can laugh from everything; it depends on your intention.
Can you laugh about untouchability and improbability? That’s a good question but first, we have to define improbability: a highly unlikely event that can change the course of history or a match.
Take for example the code that I found that is supposed to free humanity. Who helped me find the code? It’s planet Earth because we are children of the sun! Now you can criticize the code, and everyone should! Rage Against The Machine would say the one who gave us the code is our enemy.
The lesson today might be more about breaking out of that room that feels like a prison. The next post might be about criticizing the code that will set humanity free.