When Guru Gobind Singh Ji created the Khalsa, He created soldiers who would fight tyranny and oppression – Singhs who would not let their nation become the rape capital of the world like India has become, soldiers who would give their lives to avenge the 1984 genocide of Sikhs initiated by Indira Gandhi, Fauj who would provide education in Sikhi – rather than alcohol and drugs – to the youth .
Guru Gobind Singh Ji created Singhs who were not supposed to tolerate injustice and tyranny; not men who can resist eating chicken tikka and will happily eat aloo paronthay instead.
The Sikh Rehat Maryada states not to eat Kutha meat – meaning Halal, Kosher or any method in which the animal is tortured. Some Sikhs say that the Khalsa would only eat meat in times of desperation – when they were stranded in the jungles, with no other food, injured and starving.
But those Sikhs need to question who told them these “facts”, and where they learned them from.
How did Singhs know how to hunt and kill without torturing the animal, how to skin it, how to cut it up and how to cook it, if the first time they tried it – they were already injured and starving from battle?
It doesn’t make sense. They must have already been accustomed to hunting and cooking meat. I don’t think I could easily go to the jungle today and find a wild animal, kill it, skin it, cook it and eat it. Could you?
Personally, I still do believe that a vegetarian diet is the best option for all. Research shows that if everybody became vegetarian, this planet would be far more sustainable. But in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Sikh Rehat Maryada or Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Hukams, nowhere is it stated that a Sikh must be vegetarian. It has nothing to do with compassion either – Hitler was a vegetarian.
We shouldn’t be keeping animals captive, but capturing people like KP Gill and holding them to account. Singhs these days are worried about the deaths of chickens and not of their own families.