Decline in Sikh population worries religious leaders

A sharp decline in Sikh population has left the community leaders worried. The Sikh population share which was 1.9 per cent in 2001 fell to 1.7 per cent in 2011.

Referring to the fall in growth rate of Sikh population in India by 0.2 percent, President of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) Manjit Singh GK has called upon the Sikhs living in India and world over to watch their count and be careful as Sikhs are already in a microscopic minority and fall in the growth rate could be of serious consequences in the days to come for future generations.

He said that Sikhs are a martial community and they don’t need any introduction as they are famous worldwide for their achievements in all the fields, be it – sports, army, industry, entrepreneur, business, information technology and they constitute a strong skilled work force world over, which is despite a very less number,” he said.

He further adds, “I am sure Sikhs would continue to do well in all the fields but when the head count matters in today’s world we must not come down from what we are now.” He called up on the Sikhs families to identify their potential and properly manage the means of upbringing their children.

He also called upon the Sikhs to give good education to their children so as to make them good citizens who contribute to the development of the society and country they live in.

Akal Takht chief Gyani Gurbachan Singh had recently created a stir after he asked the Sikhs to produce more children as their population is declining in the country.

He has announced that Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) will launch an awareness campaign to educate Sikhs about their falling numbers.

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