Hot topics at the elections
YESTERDAY, a row broke out at a Sikh Temple in Bristol among
rival factions during
the elections for a new management committee.
The differences were so serious that six riot police vans were
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called to the scene in an effort to keep the peace between the
two sides. Fishponds Road was closed for several
I must admit, when I first heard of the news, I had a quiet
chuckle to myself.
You see, the Sikh community is not alone in having election
days where people lose control of their senses and their
tempers. Similar incidents have also happened within the
Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities at their mosque committee
There is something about committee elections and people from
the Indian sub-continent – they simply don’t mix too
On the positive side, you have to admit that there is a
certain passion about elections among the electorate that even
Gordon Brown would be envious of. But, the passion is borne out
of serious frustrations among the public.
There is a prevailing sense in these communities – and I
count myself among them – that we can do better, we can be
better; we just need better leaders, better representatives,
When elections do finally come, people are eager to ring in
But the elections are often either poorly advertised or
restrictions included at the last minute, which make it
impossible for you to vote, only serving to add to your
frustration and feeling of disenfranchisement.
On the other hand, among those who have been elected onto
the management committee, probably back in the Seventies and
Eighties, there is a perception they were elected for life!
Despite elections being scheduled every two to four years, most
members of an existing board consider it a personal dishonour
if they are not elected for another term.
Their initial election is suddenly transformed into a
birthright, which must be protected, until death, only then to
be passed on to one’s heirs.
Simply though, it comes down to lack of willingness to trust
anyone else to do the job, and lack of ability to accept
criticism or recommendations. Either way, things come to
For example, here’s an obvious issue that should have been
resolved a long time ago: the role of women in the management
committees of Gurdawaras, temples and Mosques.
That was the issue behind the chaotic scenes on Sunday at the
Sikh Temple. All change is difficult, especially when people
are just not used to it. But we as a city, must stand
solidly behind those who make stand for what is right. We can’t
afford to let them falter.
Only then can we give confidence to those who feel
disenfranchised, those who feel there is no point in getting
involved, and those who are resigned to say “it doesn’t matter
who you vote for, the management committee always wins”.