Sardar : The Theory Of Sikh Names

Guru Hargobind - The Incident With The Hawk Of The Emperor Shah Jahan

Guru Hargobind – The Incident With The Hawk Of The Emperor Shah Jahan

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“I believe in Varnashrama (caste system) which is the law of life. The law of Varna (color and / or caste) is nothing but the law of conservation of energy. Why should my son not be scavenger if I am one? He, Shudra (lowest caste) may not be called a Brahmin (uppermost caste), though he (Shudra) may have all the qualities of a Brahmin in this birth. And it is a good thing for him (Shudra) not to arrogate a Varna (caste) to which he is not born. It is a sign of true humility.”

– Mahatma Gandhi – Architect Of  India, Killer Of Sikhs


There is a well founded theory  of Sikh names, here are the principles involved:

The Name Singh

Upon the creation of the Order Of The Khalsa in 1699, Guru Gobind Singh Ji mandated that all Sikhs shall henceforth  have the surname Singh which means Lion.  This has profound implications. It creates an equal fraternity of Sikhs and denies the false virtuosity of blood relations; those arch-typical manifestation is in the use of surnames. In India (and also in many other countries and cultures) surnames are an indicator of privilege and position in the existing social order. In India, surnames were particularly egregious since they bound you into a highly stratified social caste system.


Back To Apartheid

A practical example of the evils of caste surnames and the false virtuosity of blood relations  is the following.  In Hinduism, surnames correlate to caste which in turn places one in an immutable position in the social pecking order. Caste was originally strongly correlated with the color of one’s skin.  Caste or Varna was a creation of the Hindu Aryan Brahmin priestly caste which had placed itself at the very top of the social pecking order.  Thus the dark-skinned (negroidal) aboriginal inhabitants of India were placed at the very bottom of the caste system and were deemed untouchables by the Brahmin Priests and their religion Hinduism.  However over the period of centuries, the process of inter-marriage between members of different castes  had created a continuum along the color line.

Needless to say Hinduism  is supremely egregious. Hinduism is despite all of it’s pretensions to the contrary vile. It is all about power and preserving the existing social order.  Hinduism  is apartheid in the guise of religion. Any fair minded examination of  Hindu culture and history shows the extreme social conservatism of this religion. There  has never been  one single instance of social revolution in this religion or social system. The Occidental instances of The Reformation, The Renaissance, The Age Of Reason or the American Liberty Movement have never occurred in the Hindu Social system. They never can. 

The coming of Islam to India marked the collision of two  great systems which held diametrically opposing views on the nature of man.  The Poet Laureate of Pakistan, Mohammad Iqbal, put the position of Islam on the matter of equality beautifully in his poem Shikwah Jawab Sikhwah (Persian, Complaint To God And Answer):  “There were Sultans And There Were Slaves, But When They Prayed Under The Shadow Of Swords, They Were One“.    Hinduism can never articulate this idea.

The Temple Prostitutes

By the early eighteenth century, the Brahmins, who were the gate keepers of Hindu Society,  were becoming alarmed at the trend of lighter skinned low caste Hindus changing their surnames in order to reap the benefits of a higher caste classification. After the Battle Of Plessey in 1757 where the British East India Company defeated the Ruler of the Bengal, the Brahmin priests made a bargain with the English to stem the curse of low caste Hindus jumping caste lines. The agreement was that  the English would have the support of the Brahmins providing that the English declared a law that changing one’s surname would be punishable by death.  This law was then passed by the British Administration.  The English obtained an unexpected gift with  this agreement;  the Brahmins supplied  the English Army with girls. This is how this system of prostitution worked.   In the Hindu System, a widow was forbidden to remarry and was typically shunned by her in-laws. Such widows often had to seek the sanctuary of Hindu temples to physically survive. The widows who lived in temples were called – deva dassis (slaves of the Gods) and were typically pandered by the Brahmin priests as prostitutes. The Hindu Temples thus became  centers for supplying harlots. Hindu Temples have a long and inglorious history of prostitution.  The  presence of  prostituted temple widows afforded  Brahmin priests with an opportunity to ingratiate themselves to their conquerors by supplying them with a steady stream of  prostitutes. The English called these Temple Harlots, nautch girls. Nautch means dance and is an allusion to the fact that Temple prostitutes were required to learn dancing.

It was into this depraved and inhumane system that the Great Emancipator, Guru Gobind Singh was born. The purpose of Guru Gobind Singh was to create a radically different social order : one based on liberty,  justice and prosperity for all.  Sikhism is a complete denunciation of the Hindu Social System and Hinduism. Those who assert otherwise are traitors to the Sikh cause.


The Name Khalsa

Guru Gobind Singh never mandated that  a faithful and observant Sikh could use the surname Khalsa. The Khalsa exists in plural form not in singular. Recently after the debacle of 1984 it has become very common  for overly pious monkeys to call themselves Khalsa. The most egregious example being the 3H0 White Sikhs.  The use of the name Khalsa as a surname is an attempt to portray the bearer as “holier than thou“. This is akin to caste jumping in the Hindu Religion.

The Khalsa as created and envisioned by Guru Gobind Singh is a theocratic and political entity. In the broadest sense it constitutes the Commonwealth of the Sikh Nation.  Equivalently it is construed as the Army Of God or the Knighthood Of The Khalsa. The incorrigably corrupt Brahmin System in India says that Khalsa means means nothing more than Pure.

The use of the word Khalsa by individuals as a proper name obscures and denigrates the theo-political status of the word.  Clearly it violates the dictum of Guru Gobind Singh that all faithful and observant Sikhs shall only use Singh as a surname.  


The World Of Dogs

I don’t like to denigrate dogs and no such construction should be applied to real dogs who are man’s best friend.  It  has become very fashionable for Sikhs to attach their caste names as surnames. Many are even ashamed to use the word Singh or to use it as a middle name. I call the caste surname, the tail of the dog and the Sikh who uses his surname a dog. The use of a caste surname is a clear denunciation of a fundamental principle articulated by Guru Gobind Singh.

There Be Monikers:  It is commonly asserted that it is not possible for all Sikhs to use the surname Singh because of the mass confusion that it will create. Prior to 1984, it was the convention for Sikhs to use the surname Singh only. The further convention was that a Sikh could give himself a non-caste, non-hereditary moniker to distinguish himself, if so required. For example, if Bakshish Singh visited Germany he could call himself Bakshish Singh Germany.  If  Sharan Kaur’s heart was wounded she could call herself Sharan Kaur Dardi. These are non-hereditary monikers which a person can. according to Sikh convention,   give himself at will.


The Theory Of The Proper Name

The Sikh Theory of Proper Names is well founded. Upon the birth of a child, the Guru Granth Sahib is opened randomly and a random passage is read (“waak”). The child’s first name must begin with the first letter of the passage. Aside from this,  there are other long standing historical conventions:

The first name of the child should not distinguish gender. That is, Sikh males and females can have the same first names.

A Sikh is never to be named after a Sikh Guru. This is an issue of respect.  Proper names like Nanak, Gobind, Arjan are prohibited.

Until very recently, Sikhs never named their children Ranjit, in significance of their respect for the first Emperor of the Sikhs: The Lion Of The Punjab, Maharajah Ranjit Singh

Sikh proper names should  convey valor and courage. Guru Gobind Singh’s children were named: Fateh (Victory) Singh, Zorawar (Strength) Singh, Jhujar (Valor) Singh, Ajit (Victory) Singh. Common historical names signifying conquest include: Kashmir Singh, Punjab Kaur, Afghan Singh and so forth.

The guruship has ended for Sikhs. A Sikh cannot prefix his name with the term Guru.

Sikh proper names must not allude to Hindu Gods and Goddesses or use Hindu mythology.
he Sikh word for Hindu mythology is mithaas (which literally means false history)


How Are Sikhs To Address Each Other

The command of Guru Gobind Singh is: Singha Da Adha Naam Nahi Bulauna.  It means never call a Singh by half of his name or a nickname. All Sikhs of the Guru must be given full respect at all times. A Sikh must be addressed by his full name with Singh or Kaur appended to the first name.



The use of caste surnames constitutes an egregious attack on the identity of the Sikh nation. The use of caste surnames is a lapse into the evils of the Hindu caste system. It is a clear denunciation of a fundamental principle enunciated by Guru Gobind Singh and is a mark of slavery. All virtuous actions of Sikhs should strengthen the Sikh Nation.


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