In 1776, thirteen colonies invoked Divine Providence and self-evident truths to absolve all allegiance from the British crown and declared the birth of the United States of America.
About 7,500 miles afar, Sikhs invoked ‘tera’ (literally, Yours as in Creator as well as number 13) principle to crush Mughals to capture Delhi’s Red Fort and freed South Asians from imperialism. Though doctrine of ‘One Nation’ and its implementation varies, the value that it is our Divine right to be free, is where Sikh and American values do align.
Yes, we are a nation carved out of common human values, not race or blood. Let us free ourselves of today’s shackles of mental and physical limitations, and safeguard economic-political freedoms at home and abroad.
Happy Independence Day America!