SikhRI publishes its first State of the Panth report - Sikh Research Institute

SikhRI publishes its first State of the Panth report

Released: October 23, 2017 &


Bridgewater, NJ [October 23, 2017] – Sikh Research Institute published a new immersive inquiry into what it means to be a Sikh today in the 30-page report available on SikhRI’s website for free.

The report poses a question, “Who is a Sikh?” With the global Sikh population expanding in size and complexion, its identity becomes less apparent and more dependent on personal interpretations.

In an attempt to form an all-encompassing definition, SikhRI sifted through a wealth of information available from Bani (wisdom), Tavarikh (history), and Rahit (lifestyle) before selecting the top four prevalent contemporary descriptions of a Sikh to present to respondents.

I forever salute that Sikh of the Guru, the Sikh of the Guru who walks on the Guru’s Way.

– Guru Granth Sahib, 593

After surveying close to 1,000 self-identifying Sikhs from 29 countries, the results showed significant differences between responses when compared by age group or gender identity, reflecting the concept of different groups within the Sikh community having varying understandings of how a Sikh should be defined. The study then proceeds to make recommendations on a personal and institutional level to be implemented by the community.

“Who is a Sikh?” is a first report in a new series on the State of the Panth, exploring matters affecting Sikh Nation with a goal of strengthening the bonds within the community. You can download the report for free here.




For more information or questions regarding the report and new series, please reach out to Parveen Kaur at

About State of the Panth

The State of the Panth series is a report on Sikh matters presented by the Sikh Research Institute to the global Sikh community.

The series reports on matters affecting either a large section of the Sikh Nation or a perspective on critical issues facing the human race at large. It surveys the self-identified Sikhs on their stances.

State of the Panth also outlines a Sikh perspective based on Gurmat (the Guru’s Way) traditions of Bani (wisdom), Tavarikh (history), and Rahit (lifestyle). It contains recommendations for the individual Sikhs and Sikh institutions in “best practices” approach to strengthen the bonds within the community.

About Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI)

The Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to connect people with the teachings of Sikhi, and make them accessible and easy to digest, for people of all ages, genders and backgrounds. By offering courses and seminars in a variety of mediums, SikhRI serves to strengthen the bonds of the Sikh community around the world.



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