Sikh cremation is example of multicultural mess
13th July 2006
News article filed by BNP news team
The Sikh community has demonstrated considerable loyalty to the British people throughout the last two hundred years, both at home and abroad in the former Empire and Commonwealth. There are hundreds of graves in Flanders bearing the names of Sikh soldiers who, buried alongside men from Dorset and Dundee, made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of this realm, its ancient traditions and values and its people.There are scores of Sikh recipients of the Victoria Cross, the the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
While their colourful headgear may seem strange and exotic to most indigenous Britons, Sikhs have, beyond the issue of motorcycle crash helmets and more controversially the issue of carrying kirpans (ceremonial knives) asked for few concessions to their religious needs. They are a noble and honourable people with, when needed, a sense of martial valour, as well as demonstrating strong family values and a robust work ethic which ensures that few Sikhs allow themselves to degenerate to drug or alcohol abuse, abject poverty, domestic violence and the many other ills plaguing modern society.
The BNP has consciously forged close links with members of Britain’s Sikh community over the past five or six years. These approaches have been reciprocated to the extent that community spokesman Rajinder Singh was present in Leeds Crown Court earlier this year to act as a defence witness for the Free Speech Two; a courageous and noble act which is testimony to the response of Sikhs when they hear about repression and persecution of the underdog.
It is therefore with a sense of sadness rather than condemnation that we learn of a decision by Northumbria Police who are to investigate the first British religious funeral pyre in modern times.
Its organiser Davender Ghai had claimed Northumbria Police chief Mike Craik had given his "blessing" before the secret service, despite it apparently breaking cremation laws.
Rajpal Mehat, a 31-year-old Indian-born Sikh, drowned in a canal in Southall, west London, in December last year, and the authorities would not allow his remains to be flown back to his native country.
Instead, his family asked Mr. Ghai, the president of the Newcastle-based Anglo-Asian Friendship Society (AAFS) to help them and he led the private ceremony in a remote Northumberland field.
He helped police trace Mr. Mehat's family and is also a leading campaigner for British funeral pyres, who claims the 1930 Cremation Act does not forbid bodies to be burned in the open air.
In a statement Northumbria Police said it was alerted "of an illegal cremation at a secret location somewhere in the force area".
Officers were dispatched to the AAFS's base in Gosforth and spoke to Mr. Ghai, who was with a group of mourners ready to set off.
When they were shown the relevant coroner's documents, and after a call to their superiors, officers allowed the funeral cars to proceed. It is understood officers did not follow the cars to Stamfordham, Northumberland, where the private ceremony took place.
A spokesman for the Department of Constitutional Affairs said: "The plain fact is that any funeral pyre is illegal and to burn human remains in the open air is against the law. "The 1930 Cremation Act prohibits the cremation of human remains anywhere except in a crematorium."
There are sound environmental and health and safety issues for such a law and British laws should be obeyed by indigenous Britons and newcomers alike, and of course in our overcrowded island open air cremations cannot be held unlawfully which might open up a flood of similar activities making life unbearable for those who happen to live in places where the cremations take place.
Sikhs, Hindus and other religious groups, including the growing number of pagans, who choose to cremate their dead should obey the law of the land as it exists or, as we suggest, lobby the government to modify the 1930 Cremation Act so that privately owned land, after due consideration for any environmental impact, be permitted to accommodate a limited number of religious cremations.
Sikhs are, like the rest of us, victims of an enforced multicultural society where too often the values and wishes of one group conflict directly with those of another and with the long established values, laws and traditions of the indigenous majority. In an ideal world the Sikhs and other ethnic and religious groups would all have a stable homeland of their own where they can practice their own faiths, immerse themselves in their cultures and celebrate their own traditions. That is the essence of the modern nationalism to which we adhere and promote.
A representative for the Sikh community in the north east told the BNP website that he does not expect the police investigation will lead to any prosecution of mourners or relatives of the deceased.
This is such a rare activity in a remote location which has not caused any disturbance, or as far as we know any environmental damage, that we trust the police will drop the case and use their critically over-stretched resources to better effect tackling the growing militant Islamic presence in the area and dealing with the drug barons, the violent criminals and the teenage hoodlums on the housing schemes who make daily life for Tynesiders a misery.