I am from Sikh background,from Punjabi background,,married to someone from Christian background who is white British.
This does not define who I am. I am still an individual with my own hopes fears ambitions etc…
I have a story to tell that has moved me in recent days.
A successful man from Sikh background cannot talk about his past for good reason. men have stories too of disownment,and sometimes a far lonier time than we imagine.
He is in his sixtees,the truth is that he loves his family even now despite not seeing them. His comments show the sadness of this compleltly unnecessary situation.:
‘ I would have my family back tomorrow if they accepted me’
Friends he was disowned because he made the choice to be with a girl of white british background..before we judge…think how ridiculous this is…
His success he puts down to the reality that he had to succeed without his family. A success that he could have shared with his family and enriched their lives as well as those around them.
He is successful in my eyes,his amazing strength and dignity and love of other people,his generous arm to support those less fortunate themselves is a Sikh trait that I recognise all too well.
Before you judge,try and remember that each individual’s experience makes a difference to our families, communities and the world we live in..and impacts on each and everyone of us in some way.
Simran pays respect to the men who are disowned and acknowledges that their journey is worth telling and needs to be told….
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