Basic Postulates of the Shiromani Akali Dal as adopted by the working committee of the Shiromani Akali
Dal at its meeting held at Sri Anandpur Sahib on 16-17
1. The Shiromani Akali Dal is the very embodiment of the
hopes and aspirations of the Sikh Nation and as such is fully
entitled to its representation. The basic postulates of this
organisation are Human Coexistence, Human progress and
ultimate unity of all Human beings with the Spiritual Soul.
2. These postulates are based upon the three great principles of
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, namely, a Meditation on God’s
Name, dignity of labour and sharing of fruits of this Labour.
(Nam Japo Kirat Karo. Wand Chhako)
The Shiromani Akali Dal shall ever strive to achieve
the following aims :
1. Propagation of Sikhism and its code of conduct denunciation
2. To preserve and keep alive the concept of distinct and
independent identity of the Panth and to create an
environment in which national sentiments and aspirations of
the Sikh Panth will find full expression, satisfaction and
3. Eradication of Poverty and Starvation, by increased
production and more equitable distribution of wealth and the
establishment of a just social order sans any exploitation.
4. Vacation of discrimination on the basis of caste, creed or
illiteracy in keeping with basic principles of Sikhism.
5. Striving for the removal of diseases and ill-health,
denouncement of use of intoxicants and enlargement of facilities for physical well-being to prepare and enthuse the
Nation for the National defence.
The Shiromani Akali Dal considers it its primary duty to
inculcate among the Sikhs, religious fervour and a pride in
their rich religious heritage for which it proposes to pursue
the following programme:
a) Reiteration of the concept of the unity (Oneness) of God,
meditation on His Name, recitation of Gurbani, renewal of
faith in the ten Holy Sikh Gurus and the Holy Sri Guru
Granth Sahib and other appropriate measures for such a
b) Grooming the accomplished preachers, Ragis, Dhadis, and
poets in the Sikh Missionary College for a more effective
propagation of Sikhism, Sikh Philosophy. belief in Sikh code
of conduct and Kirtan etc. at home and colleges, in villages
and in cities as indeed at every place. –
c) Baptising the Sikhs (Amrit Parchar) on a vast scale; with
particular emphasis on Schools and Colleges of which the
teachers and the taught shall be enthused through regular
d) Reinculcate the religious practice of ‘DASWAND’ among the
Sikhs (Giving one tenth of one’s earnings for the welfare of
e) Generating feeling of respect for the Sikh intellectuals,
writers, preachers, Granthis, etc., who also in turn, would be
enthused to improve upon their accomplishments while
conforming to the basic Sikh tenets and traditions.
f) Streamlining the Gurdwaras, administration by giving better
training to their workers. Appropriate steps would also be
taken to maintain Gurdwara buildings in proper condition.
For such a purpose, the party representatives in the
Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee and local Committees would be directed from time to time to pull their weight.
g) Making appropriate arrangements for the error free publication of Gurbani; promoting research work in the
ancient and modern Sikh history as also its publication;
rendering Gurbani in other languages and producing first
rate literature on Sikhism.
h) Taking appropriate steps for the enactment of an All India Gurdwara Act with a view to introduce improvements in the
administration of the Gurudwaras throughout the Country
and to reintegrate the traditional preaching sects of Sikhism
like Udasis and Nirmalas with the mainstream of Sikhism
without in any way encroaching on the properties of their
respective individual ‘maths.
i) Taking such steps as may be necessary to bring the Sikh Gnrclwaras all over the world under a single system of
administration with a view to run them according to the basic Sikh norms and to pool their sources for the dissemination of Sikhism on a wider and more impressive scale.
Striving for free access to all those holy Sikh Shrines,
including Nankana Sahib, from which the Sikh Panth has been
separated, for pilgrimage and proper upkeep.
The political goal of the Panth, without doubt, is enshrined
in the commandments of the Tenth Lord, in the pages of the
Sikh history and in the very heart of the Khalsa Panth, the
ultimate objective of which is the pre-eminence of the Khalsa.
The fundamental policy of the Shiromani Akali Dal is to seek
the realization of this birth right of the Khalsa through creation
of congenial environment and a political set up.
For Attainment of this Aim:
1 The Shiromani Akali Dal is determined to strive by all
possible means to:
a) Have all those Punjabi speaking areas, deliberately kept out of Punjab, such as Dalhousie in Gurdaspur District; Chandigarh;
Pinjore-Kalka and Ambala Saddar etc., in Ambala District; the entire Una tehsil of Hoshiarpur District: the ‘Desh’ area of
Nalagarh; Shahabad and Gulha blocks of Karnal District;
Tohana Sub-Tehsil. Ratia block and Sirsa tehsil of Hissar
District and six tehsils of Ganganagar District in Rajawsthan;
merged with Punjab to constitute a single administrative unit
where the interests of the Sikhs and Sikhism are specifically
b) In this new Punjab and in other States the centre’s interference
would be restricted to Defence, Foreign relations, Currency and
General Communication: all other departments would be in the jurisdi ction of Punjab (and other states) which would be fully e entitled to frame its own Laws on these subjects for
admsinistration. For the above departments of the Centre,
Punjab and other States contribute in proportion to
representation in the Parliament.
c) The Sikhs and other religious minorities living out of Punjab
should be adequately protected against any kind of
2. The Shiromani Akali Dal would also endeavour to
have the Indian Constitution recast on real federal principles,
with equal representation at the centre for all the States.
3. The Shiromani Akali Dal strongly denounces the
foreign policy of India framed by the Congress party. It is
worthless, hopeless and highly detrimental to the interests of the
Country, the Nation and the mankind at large. Shiromani Akali
Dal shall extend its support only to that foreign policy of India
which is based on the principles of peace and national interests.
It strongly advocates a policy of peace with all neighbouring
Countries, especially those inhabited by the Sikhs and their
sacred shrines. The Akali Dal is of the firm view that our foreign policy should in no case play second fiddle to that of any other country.
4. The Shiromani Akali Dal shall raise its firm voice against any discrimination against any Sikh (or even other) employees of the central or state Governments. The Shiromani Akali Dal shall also endeavour to maintain the traditional position of the Sikhs in all wings of the defence departments and the Panth would pay particular attention to the needs of the Sikh armymen. The Shiromani Akali Dal would also see that ‘Kirpan’ is accepted as an integral part of the uniform of the
Sikhs in Army.
5. It shall be the primary duty of Shiromani Akali Dal to help rehabilitate the ex-servicemen of the Defence Departments in the civil life and or such a purpose it would extend them every help to enable them to organize themselves so that they are able to raise their voice in an effective way for gaining adequate concessions and proper safeguards for a life of self-
respect and dignity.
6. Shiromani Akali Dal is of the firm opinion that all those persons males or females-who have not been convicted of any criminal offence by a court of law, should be at liberty to possess all types of small arms, like revolvers, guns, pistols, rifles, carbines etc., without any licence, the only obligation being their registration.
7. The Shiromani Akali Dal seeks ban on the sale of liquor and other intoxicants and shall press for prohibition on the consumption of intoxicants and smoking on public places.