Are You A Sikh?
After this post in ShindaSingh's Blog it is important to clarify who are Sikhs.
There are obviously Amritdhari (baptised) people, but the SGPC also recognises Sahajdhari Sikhs.
These are people who follow the Sikh teachings but have not yet taken Amrit:
" 'Sahajdhari Sikh' means a person-
(i) Who professes the Sikh Religion, believes in one God, follows the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib and Ten Gurus only;
(ii) Who performs all the ceremonies according to the Sikh rites;
(iii) Who does not smoke, use tobacco, kutha (Halal Meat) in any forms;
(iv) Who does not take alcoholic in any forms drinks;
(v) Who is born in not Sikh family, but not a Patit."
First english edition of SGPC Rehat Maryada, November 1978
Anyone who commits any deeds contrary to the above is simply not a Sikh.