The motivation of the Azadist Manifesto

At a glance

TLDR: We should abandon this game of playing catch-up with the west, and start thinking about how to get ahead. The Guru Khalsa Panth and Sikh Sangat have access to a plethora of opportunities to take a lead this century, if only we break out of victim mentalities and backwards thinking and start understanding how the world really works. The Azadist Manifesto aims to be one effort in this direction to help motivate this approach to Raajniti. Sikhs should be excelling in all fields to increase relevancy and therefor improve our position in terms of "realpolitik".


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The motivation of the Azadist Manifesto

The goal of this manifesto is to open a gateway in understanding to a world of thinking that every Khalsa needs to become aware of. We should abandon this game of trying to play catch up with the “West” and look towards getting ahead. The world is changing at a rapid rate, and our attachment to old ways will keep us trailing behind. Simply mimicking the past is useless without understanding its lessons. What use is to dress up as a warrior and amass a great collection of mediaeval weapons if they will never be used? This is not saying to abandon appearances or practices, it is an encouragement to live up to them. By uncovering key principles a new approach must be taken that is applicable to today. The Gurus did not stick to just swords and bows, they themselves developed their own cannons, used firearms, gathered world-class poets, musicians and philosophers of the day, all to present the principles of their message in the most relevant way.  The Guru’s Darbar being a prime example for the Khalsa, as an institution that facilitated the flourishing of art, philosophy and science. Similarly today, our Panth must recognise the importance of getting to the top of cutting-edge fields such as: economics, finance, politics, psychology, philosophy, natural sciences, mathematics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchains and cryptocurrencies. The Khalsa should be permeated throughout these areas, but where are our world-class institutions, universities and industry leaders? The excuse that we are so few of the population is not acceptable. We have had far less numbers and endured far worse suffering in our history. The problem isn’t numbers, it is how we use them.

Inevitably, there will be those who are stuck in their thinking and are unwilling to adapt. This manifesto is not trying to convince them. The aim here is only to convey a set of ideas to those within the Panth that are actually genuine about doing Khoj and taking the mandates of our Guru seriously. Neither is this manifesto aiming to be an economics textbook. Taking inspiration from Thomas Sowell’s book, Basic Economics¹⁰, you will find no complicated graphs nor mathematical notation, save from the few simple diagrams and tables designed to help visualise a concept clearly. Additionally, particular inspiration has been taken from the Austrian School of Economics as a resource for many of the economic ideas present in this manifesto¹¹.


This sort of motivation ties in with a post I released a short while ago on the importance of "Sikh relevancy" and "realpolitik). I encourage you to read that here:

"Sikhs are irrelevant"

No questions from last week, but let me know if there any questions about today's post that I can answer for next week!

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