Sardar, is a Persian word which tends to be used for military or political leaders because the roots of the word mean commander, perhaps comparable to the English word, chieftain. In Pakistan, for example, the leaders of certain tribes have the title Sardar. [Balochi, Kashmiri, Pashtun, Punjabi, Seraiki, Sindhi].
However, in India the word often refers to a male follower of the Sikh faith; sometimes the word – Ji, is added and this denotes respect. Sometimes, in India, the Punjabi and Hindi: Sardar, is used derogatorily and he is considered as an “idiot” and the butt of many jokes perhaps rather in the same way as “blondes”.
As can be seen elsewhere on our site Will and Guy deplore any form of racism, but we do understand the place of stereotypes in society. On this occasion we feel the same about Sardar humour. We see it rather like the attitude of say the Americans towards the Canadians; the English towards the Irish or the Scots. The Welsh towards the English. Elsewhere we find that “Poms” [British people] are the butt of Australian jokes. Belgians fall foul of the French; while The German deprecate the Dutch in their humour.
- Postman: I have had to walk 5 miles to deliver this packet.
Aneel: Why did walk so far? You could have posted it.
- Sardar bought a new mobile. He called everyone in his Phone Book and told them: “My mobile number has changed, earlier it was Nokia 3310, now it is 6710”
- Jasbir visits an art gallery: I suppose this horrible looking thing is what you call modern art?
Art dealer: I beg your pardon sir, that is a mirror.
- Santa: I am a most proud Sardar, My son is in medical college.
Banta: Really, what is he studying?
- NASA was getting ready to launch a very important space shuttle. The scientists and engineers checked and double checked everything to make sure that things are fine. However, on the day of the launch, something seemed to be wrong. The rocket made all sorts of noise but never took off even an inch from the ground. The engineers were puzzled because they could not figure out the problem.
Finally, Manjit, a Sardar offered to help. The NASA scientists were desperate by that time and agreed to do anything.
‘Tilt the rocket 45 degrees to the right,’ said Manjit in a serious voice. The engineers were puzzled but did it anyway.
‘Bring it back to vertical position, the Manjit added. The engineers did.
‘Now start the engines,’ instructed Manjit. The rocket took off and flew into space. Everybody thanked and congratulated Manjit and asked him how he knew what to do.
He replied, ‘It is very simple. This is what we always do with our Bajaj scooters in India.’
- There were eleven people hanging onto a rope which was hanging from a from an aeroplane. Ten were Sardar, and one was a girl. They all decided that one person should get off because if they didn’t, then the rope would break and everyone would die.
No one could decide who should go, so finally the girl said, ‘I’ll get off,’ and she made a really moving speech.
All of the Sardars started immediately applauding.
- Devindar went into The Bank of India and asked to open a current account. The cashier was surprised when Devindar left the building saying he would return after he had been to Delhi.
When asked why he was visiting Delhi, he retorted that the application form said: ‘Got be filled in CAPITAL.’
- Santa was filling up application form for a job. He was not sure as to what to put in the column “Salary Expected”.
After much thought he wrote : Yes, please.
- Sadhu : I haven’t slept all night in the train.
Sadhu: I had an upper berth.
Friend: Why didn’t you exchange it?
Sadhu: There was nobody in the lower bunk to change it with.