Sikhism as a religion is known for many things namely its culture, its teachings and its values. One of the most well known and widely followed teachings of sikhism is the practice of sewa. Seva also Sewa, short for the word Karseva, refers to “selfless service”, performed without any thought of reward or personal benefit. It is not only beneficial for community relations but also for the moral uplifting of an individual.

Even in the difficult time that the pandemic is, several members of the sikh community have come up with quite interesting and fruitful ways of Sewa. 

Manjot Singh Anand, a 2nd year college student pursuing punjabi (hons.) from Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of commerce has been providing for the meals of several covid 19 patients throughout Delhi. He is completely self funded and has been carrying out this sewa since the beginning of the second wave of covid in India. Manjot believes that this is a way for him to pay homage to his late mother whom he lost to covid in the first wave. He says that the happiness on the faces of the people he has helped and their blessings is something that motivates him and keeps him going. Moreover, he further plans to expand this sewa to outside the physical borders of Delhi so as to help as many people as possible. There are hundreds of individuals just like him who have been doing their bit to make the lives of covid patients somewhat easier.

In this time of distress and havoc, several gurudwaras and independent sikh organisations have set up ‘oxygen langars’, an arrangement where patients with low Oxygen  levels can come and use oxygen concentrators and oxygen cylinders free of cost till their O2 levels are stabilized. This is a highly innovative solution and has saved numerous lives till now.

One such organisation is Khalsa Aid, it is an international organisation that works for relief in areas of distress. It recently set up a full-fledged covid relief centre with oxygen concentrator equipped beds. This  was a joint effort by the organisation as well as the local members of the community and the gurdwara sahib in Geeta colony, east Delhi. Such covid relief camps have acted as a blessing in disguise for people who cannot afford a hospital bed and do not have anywhere to go. 

Another such organisation is the Hemkunt foundation which has done some tremendous work in providing oxygen cylinders for those in need. They have been doing this noble work in various states and have saved countless lives till now. The organisation is based upon the most popular Sikh principle of ‘Sarbat Da Bhalla’ which means welfare for all. While the efforts of Hemkunt Foundation are in tandem with its principle, it continues to provide livelihoods, disaster relief, access to basic human rights and education to all.

The Sikh community has set up a prime example that one only requires the will to help people in order to make their lives better one person at a time. One just needs to be empathetic enough to go out of their own way to help somebody whom they don’t even know. People like Manjot and organisations like Khalsa aid and Hemkunt Foundation are proof enough that humanity is not only prevalent but thriving even in the 21st century.


Authored by: Aditya Sarda

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