That's the chant, we, Political Science students in MSU-IIT, usually shout most importantly during the battle-grazed CASS Days. This is being shouted together with the right hand touching the left shoulder and afterwards straightly raised slanting above the head to make the modified 'Nazi salute'.
Where did the term originate?Why is it done with the Nazi salute?
To prevent wild theories from arising, me, as the one responsible for 'coining' the term, will try to explain how the Sikhai chant and salute started.
Long before, PolScis would chant, "Biboooo.... ang PolSci", or "'Di madala sa kulam-kulam...", and all sorts, I, as the one in charge of making the chants was looking for a new chant that would signify the Political Science discipline back in the CASS Days of 2008. A few days before the big event, July 29, 2008 to be exact, I was thinking of a new chant that we can use during the parade.
Being a senior student, we were taught of different political ideologies and theories. We studied Plato to Rawls, from Feminism to Nazism. Thinking of marches, I remembered how the fuhrer Hitler salutes to the Germans. He raised his right hand touching the left shoulder and afterwards straightly raised slanting above the head, it was the Nazi salute. He would then shout, Heil or Seig Heil.
The reason for adopting 'Sikhai' and not the original German counterpart spelling is simple. First, it would provide confusion on how to pronounce it. Secondly, to alternatively signify the English phrase, “Seek High”. We seek something of high value; we aim for greatness and success. This distinct chant is reminiscent of La Salle's Animo.
The author also does not think that negativity should always be associated with the raising-the-right-hand salute. History tells us that the anti-war demonstrators back in the University of Wisconsin in the seventies also used the Nazi salute in defiance to police brutality.
|Ma'am Princess Mae Chua back in 2008.|
The Sikhai chant denotes the strength, pride, and unity of the Political Science students of MSU-IIT.
This article was originally posted on his old blog last 2 April 2010. This was refurnished in celebration of the incoming CASS Days for this year.