He had to spend more than two months each in Calcutta and
Singapore before he could get a passage. Ajit was married
to Norma, an Argentinian whom he left behind when returning
in 1994 to his village Jandiala.
Summing Up Out of all the South American countries, Argentina
has the maximum Sikh connection both historically and in terms
of numbers. There is total assimilation of the Sikhs into
local culture and a vast majority is locally married. Knowledge
of Punjabi is disappearing but the setting up of a Gurdwara
is providing a meeting point and helping in spreading Sikh
ethos and Punjabi culture.
At least ceremonial events are getting to be held in the Gurdwara
encouraging community feeling. Sikhs in India (Institutional
help is preferred but is hardly available) can provide help
through books, literature etc with emphasis on pictorial and
audio presentation which should be in Spanish. Many Singhs
would like closer association with Sikhs, Punjab and India.
Can we rise up to the occasion?
Note: The above article appeared in the
Sikh Review, Calcutta, December,2005.
Article Published in The
Sikh Review - December 2004 - No. 624