The officiating jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Harpreet Singh, explained how Sikhs should answer the 2021 United Kingdom census questions.
Harpreet instructed British Sikhs to enter "Sikh" when asked about the ethnic group.
He also mentioned entering "Sikhism" in the religion section and "Punjabi" language section.
"We should not feel shame about our religion, else it will lead us to various kinds of problems," he said in a video statement on twitter.
He explained this will ease Sikhs in getting their issues resolved in future.
"I appeal to sikhs all around the world to notify your relatives living in the UK about this," he appealed.
"We should be proud of our religion," Jathedar added.
#Census2021 Message from Jathedaar Sri Akaal Takht Sahib Singh Sahib Bhai Harpreet Singh Ji— The Sikh Network (@TheSikhNet) March 15, 2021
Honour your Qaumi heritage by writing in ‘Sikh’ as your ethnic group, ‘Sikh’ as your Religion & ‘Punjabi’ as your main language for everyone in your household.#makesikhscount #Sikhs pic.twitter.com/FHadNQRDwp
In the 2011 census, while 1,413,000 people (2.5% of the inhabitants) marked “Indian” as their ethnicity, 835,000 people (1.5%) “Asian other” within the Asian class. Of those, a large percentage identified as Sikh, in accordance with the ONS. An additional 333,000 (0.6%) marked “any other ethnic group”.
The census will be held on 21 March 2021. While results will be available the following year, all personal records will be locked away for 100 years and kept safe for future generations.