Due to the recent SUBWAY deal, I am creating a topic here. As most comments were deleted and mod suggested discussing in MISC thread, I am creating this thread.
Amongst the deleted comments were people telling sikhs that they are meant to be vegetarian. Perhaps I should say these comments are offensive or sikhphobic; hey I am not going to be aggressive about it, but why not?
Firstly, sikhs haven't been told to be vegetarians, but have been forbidden from eat halal meat. Not eating halal would not only apply to sikhs, but also to some native indian/hindu warrior kshatriya tribes/backgrounds. Logically, It would be offensive for us to eat something that has been blessed by praying in a direction of a foreign land. Sikhs are actually natives as well, but colonial propaganda shows sikhs as being separate from indian/hindu civilisation.
Eating halal is 1 of the 4 bujjar kurahits, in which halal is called KUTTHA, ie a non arabic term used in punjabi/north indian languages. In fact, Warrior sikhs, mainly Nihang Singhs, have been known to hunt wild boar, and also those that are strict will only eat meat slaughtered by jhatka (an ancient indian instant quick kill method normally with a sword). For sikhs, these rules come from a time when India was under Sharia Law and terrorism, and indian natives were denied from carrying out their native traditions by fanatical emperors such as Aurangzeb.
Vegetarianism is only enforced in some sikh sects/cults, and some of these cults are actually post-colonial and/or colonialism-influenced. These sects also try and imitate warrior sikhs by wearing turbans with a small ceremonial kirpaan (a kind of knife or dagger) and maybe warrior clothing as well, however they do not practise or they even oppose ancient indian warrior practises. So they are more ritualistic in this approach. Some non-sikh HUKDers who preach that sikhs or "proper" sikhs are meant to be vegetarian have probably been mistaken by members of these veggie sects.
So if anyone is going to be sikhphobic, or practise sikhiphobia, please read this first. If people are against British citizens from being allowed to eat neutral, non-ritual, non-prayed upon food, then lets put them under the label sikhiphobia and call them sikhphobic!
Because, as sikhs, humanity comes first for us, and we find it offensive to not be able to eat neutral food. Sikh gurdwaras serve langar (free kitchen) to sikhs and non-sikhs alike, and I know most langars are vegetarian so that anyone can come and eat. We do not sell any of our Gurdwara food commercially, it is only to be served inside the temple!
If anyone wants more information regarding the topics I have raised above, I am happy to provide it :)
EDIT - added more:
Just wanted to add that non-halal meat is already available for sikhs in British prisons and in the British army. The colonial British-India army allowed separate jhatka for sikhs and halal for muslims.
In places like British schools sikhs do not seem to have the same rights. For the sake of everyone who wants to eat neutral food, it's best to say that sikhs are discriminated against in these places. Being discriminated against to try and eat something neutral or unspecialised is a really bad kind of discrimination!
JHATKA : - Some posters are mentioning Jhatka in their posts: this wikipedia topic on Jhatka has now become quite informative. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jhatka