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Q: What kind of government does Sikhism promote?

A: Sikhism promotes democracy and the belief that the welfare of people is best secured by their elected representatives. The principle rule of the Khalsa includes electing 5 individuals as the head of the state. Only the unanimous decision agreed by all 5 individuals as the head of the state shall materialize. The reason is that a single head of the state such as one president can make mistakes and become convoluted in his judgment but unanimous decision by 5 heads of the state guarantees more accurate and ethical decision. This is a good example of true democracy.

Sikhism also believes in contributing to the society. The gulf between the more fortunate and the less fortunate has to be bridged. The Guru established Langar (Free Kitchen) which serves the purpose of breaking the caste system and feeding the poor. Sikhism does not believe in capitalism and promotes sharing your wealth with poor. No one should be left hungry or deprived of any necessity for living.


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