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The Dying Priest



In New Delhi, an old Catholic priest lay dying in the hospital.

For years he had faithfully tended to his small flock in India's capital.

He motioned for his nurse to come near.

"Yes, Father?" said the nurse.

"I would really like to see Paramjit Sarna and Parkash Badal before I die", whispered the priest.

"I'll see what I can do, Father", replied the nurse.

The nurse conveyed the request to the Doctor who quickly made the necessary phone-calls - or, to be fair, at least as quickly as you can make phone calls in India! And he waited for a response.

Soon the word arrived; Chief Minister Parkash Badal and DSGPC head Paramjit Sarna would be delighted to visit the priest.

As they arrived at the hospital, Badal commented to Sarna, "I don't know why the old priest wants to see us, but it's a great photo-op ... and it'll impress the jutts (farmers) out of their minds come election time. After all, I'm 'IN IT TO WIN IT".

Sarna agreed that it was a good thing.

When they arrived at the priest's room, the priest took Badal's hand in his right hand and Sarna's hand in his left.

There was silence and a look of serenity on the old priest's face.

Finally Badal - twirling his moustache - spoke ...

"Reverend, of all the people you could have chosen, why did you choose us to be with you as you near the end?"

The old priest slowly replied, "I have always tried to pattern my life after our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ."

Badal looked at Sarna and nodded approvingly.

The old priest continued.

"Jesus died between two lying thieves; I would like to do the same."


June 25, 2010

Conversation about this article

1: Bakhsish Singh (Brampton, Ontario, Canada), June 25, 2010, 9:24 PM.


2: Sangat Singh (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), June 26, 2010, 3:06 AM.

What a delightful story! Where did you get this nugget? You must be having some secret agents working for you, to provide such delectable food for laughter. Keep 'em coming.

3: Manbir Singh (Ludhiana, Punjab), June 26, 2010, 9:06 AM.

A nice story! The old priest died between two Lying Thieves - who lived on. But we have hordes of such thieves in every nook and corner of Punjab!

4: Inderpal Singh Khalsa (Canada), June 26, 2010, 1:52 PM.

There is some difference between the two, one is a thief and the other a dacoit. But they both fit nicely in the story. And the dying priest symbolizes the Gurdwara Management.

5: Harpreet Makkar (Brampton, Ontario, Canada), June 27, 2010, 7:13 PM.

I just happened to talk to my uncle, S. Sangat Singh, this afternoon and that is when he mentioned about this website. He was all praises for this site, stating it to be the best online magazine on Sikh matters today and now. After browsing through this website for a while, I can't help but agree with him. I was prodded by him that being a lawyer and an ex-journalist myself (though for a very short time), I should also comment and contribute to this wonderful website. I was surprised to see my old uncle contributing so regularly to almost every section of this site. So here I am writing this comment and hope to contribute and comment regularly from now on. To my dear uncle, it was wonderful speaking to you after so long and my arm is still in pain! :)

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