My Message to Sikhs across the world
“Its Raavan Raaj (Devil's Rule) in the land of Lord Ram, that too by those who claim to be closest to him and his most dedicated devotees”. Lord Ram was never like this. He was selfless. I must say He is Selfless because such pious messengers of God are omnipresent. Every human is same for Lord Ram. Lord Ram is merciful. Lord Ram loves every human being. Lord Ram doesn’t have hatred. Lord Ram cant snatch anyone’s rights, irrespective of the path people follow. Lord Ram cant shelter the criminals or stand by their side. Lord Ram stands with the true, whosoever that might be. Lord Ram believes in fair justice for all. So do we understand Lord Ram and are we even 1% true to Him?
This doesn’t hold true only for devotees of Lord Ram. It holds true for the followers of Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh and for the follower of Hazrat Mohammad and those of Jesus Christ. Whole humanity has degraded when it comes to basic human values, powerful are snatching the rights of the weak, majority snatching rights of minorities and this is happening everywhere across the world.
Same is happening with Sikhs in India from past many decades. It started right after Indian Independence in 1947 when Sikhs decided not to go for a separate nation and stay with Hindus in India but had to go for voluntary arrests and protests for a complete state of Punjab, within India, so that they could take care of their cultural heritage within their own country. There was nothing wrong in it but Sikhs were denied even this much and when Punjab was declared a state, Himachal Pradesh was cut out, Ambala and many other town were cut out and it was forced to share its capital with Haryana and this Capital City of Chandigarh was further made a Union Territory, under the rule of President of India.
When Indira Gandhi imposed emergency, Sikhs were the only bravehearts who had the guts to oppose her openly. This irritated her and angered her upto such an extent that she decided to teach Sikhs a lesson. So she created the situations with the help of intelligence agencies to first let leaders like Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale gain power and then create such situations wherein Sikhs united under his leadership and revolted and this gave her enough reason to attack Sikhs and their holiest shrine The Golden Temple. How could she do this and how can any government create such situations will be clear in lines to come. Please keep reading. What all followed operation Bluestar, every Indian knows and there is no point in repeating again and again.
Indira Gandhi succeeded in the following –
1. Damaging very clean and respectful image of the Sikhs.
2. Brand Sikhs as terrorists.
3. Creating a hatred for Sikhs in the mind of non-Sikh Indians.
4. Since Government had media, Army, Police, Intelligence on its side, Indira Gandhi created mass views that Sikhs are wrong, Sikhs are anti-national, Sikhs are anti- hindus and so gained much needed public support and applause for her acts.
5. To further damage the image of Sikhs, jokes were made on the community to pose them as jokers rather than warriors and Sikhs were shown as funny characters in the media.
This was the mindset of Indian leadership at that time and they did what they wanted to do. It was their fault and our fellow Indians fell a prey to their dirty politics. But if Indira Gandhi did this to Sikhs or any other political leader plays dirty games, and a small rotten section of society tells us that India doesn’t belong to us, shall we believe?
No. Clear, firm No. We Sikhs are as much Indians as any other person born on this land and nobody can deny this reality, let them cry as much as they want. We have given endless sacrifices for our motherland and we love this country. Whenever we fought, we fought against injustice but were unfortunately branded as anti-nationals as this suited the dirty political mindset of our country.
First and foremost, Sikhs should understand that India is our own country and we are true to our motherland, we have poured our blood to keep its borders safe and so we don’t need to find a different or new piece of land which we call as our own.
Secondly, where ever we live, majority will try to over-power us and snatch our right and we must fight against them, but in a proper legal and accepted way, not with arms and ammunition. Its true that at times, people are tortured and suppressed upto such levels that they want to kill themselves or their rivals but that’s not the way out.
Now the question arises, what to do and how to do? The answers are infront of our eyes but we never had the bent of mind to see and analyse because our mindset of being ready to take up arms and fight was encouraged within our community as it suits those who want to brand us as terrorists and kill us as and when they want. And we had been foolish to give them these chances time and again.
Then what is the right way?
1. Learn from Sh. Anna Hazare’s Life and struggle
2. Learn from Sh. Arvind Kejriwal’s life and struggle
3. Learn from Kashmiri Pandits
All the above three put together is what we Sikhs need in us. Let me now explain my points, one by one.
Sikhs must have the character of Sh. Anna Hazare. He is such a man that even when some politicians gave money to criminals to kill him, they also refused because he is such a saintly, clean man who lives for truth and for the country. Even these politicians against whom he fought all his life couldn’t utter a single bad word against him and found indirect way to silence him. Why? Because the life of these politicians in politics is because of public support. Even the criminals and corrupt in politics don’t want to be called bad. And Sh. Anna Hazare has such a clean public image and whole of India praises him. He is “One Man Army” and proves Guru Gobind Singh’s words right – Savaa Lakh Se Ek Ladaun (God's name will enable One Man stand against 1.25 Lacs people). A single such man is enough a force against lacs of corrupt and criminals. This is because our people as individuals, let it be of any religion, are still God fearing, family oriented, loving and have lot of human values and so support people like Anna Ji completely. Unless their collective emotions are moved, they don’t go against anyone. This is what these politicians try to do. They brand us as anti- nationals, terrorists and then move the collective emotions of the majority Hindu community and misuse them, misguide them. But as individuals, Hindus or Muslims, every human being is good to us and in our localities and work places, we have very sweet relations with them. Then why to give them a chance to brand us as anti-nationals or terrorists?
Sikhs must have the character and conviction and spirit to struggle of Sh. Arvind Kejriwal. What is his fault? As some saintly poet has said – Gunehgaaron ki mehfil mein be-gunah hona aap ka gunah ban jaata hai (Being innocent in the company of criminals becomes your crime) . He is a clean man who has devoted his life to the service of fellow Indians. He is a Hindu. He is serving a community of people which have 90% Hindus. And those who are finding every possible way to torture him and not to let him serve the countrymen are also Hindus, so called representatives of Hindu community. Here what are they fighting against? Are they true even to Hindus? Then how can we expect them to be true to us. These people don’t have any religion. Their religion is money, power, greed of supremacy and worldly assets and for that they can brand you and me as terrorists, scatter garbage on Delhi roads for almost 2 weeks and let epidemic spread or create riots to make majority believe that they are their only saviours. Are these people true to Hindus? How many hindus die in government hospitals every day? How many hindu farmers commit suicide every year? How many hindus are denied justice in this corrupt judicial system every day? How many hindus go to bed without food every night? Are these people patriots? Are these ruling class pro- hindus? I am much more a True Indian because I never earned a single rupee with wrong means in my life and stand by fellow countrymen in the hour of need in day to day life. I have never snatched even a bit of anyone’s right and never tried to even emotionally hurt any human being. I am 100 times more patriotic and True Indian than this ruling class and same holds true for my billion countrymen.
How is Sh. Arvind Kejriwal fighting this dirty nexus? How has he survived till now when police, intelligence, media and every cheap tactic has been deployed, used against him? The only answer is, he is legally correct and a clean man of good character who is loved my masses of this country. He has not done anything which is wrong in the eyes of the law. That’s why he is surviving these bad times and if he continues to uphold in the same manner, he will come out as a winner, as in recent Delhi elections when his party won 67 out of 70 seats.
So, Sikhs must learn from Sh. Kejriwal that we should be legally correct and should work for the betterment of the society. Then only, people from all walks of life and from every religion will stand with us and we will be able to defeat the nefarious designs of these polluted minds. The moment we go wrong, they will pounce on us and try to damage us as much as they can because they can easily prove us anti- national with Army, Police, Intelligence, Bureaucracy and Media on their side. If we give them a chance to do so, its our defeat and great loss of our community.
But one thing is for sure. They will make it very difficult for us to survive and stay calm. But we don’t have any other better option. See how they are trying to suffocate the Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party’s elected democratic Government. Only because they are trying to expose their corrupt people and book cases against them. Even then, if they succeed in murdering anyone from our community, there will be complete disapproval among the masses for that killing and such a killing will turn the tables for such rulers. This is what Guru Teg Bahadur did with his sacrifice for the sake Hindus of that time. Such a sacrifice was a big jolt for the dead, slave souls of the Indians but not big enough to bring these souls to complete life. Guru Gobind Singh sacrificed even the life of his four innocent sons, poured their pious blood to save Hinduism from completely vanishing from this world and such was the impact of those great sacrifices that even the families of the cruel rulers of the time and their own community started opposing them and criticizing them. That was the start of decline of the cruel, criminal rule. So if we are legally correct and don’t give them a chance to brand us anti- national, if any Sikhs is entangled in nefarious designs and killed, people from all walks of life will oppose such a cowardly act and such rule wont continue for long.
Sikhs were peacefully protesting against anti- Sikh pogrom of 1984 in Jammu (J&K) India. This is an annual event and protest was peaceful. Posters of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale were put on the roads, to show resentment. What can be the more peaceful way to show resentment? This is being done from past 31 years, demanding justice for victims of 1984. These posters were repeatedly torn by Jammu Police at the behest of BJP Government and crushed under their feet on the road. Protests grew, protestors started pelting stones on Police. Police opened fire on Sikh youth, martyred one, injured four. Why? Were these Sikh guys Terrorists? Is this Democracy? Later, after killing and targeting Sikhs, cases were registered against Sikhs. Those young injured Sikh guys were admitted in Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu and doctors started mileading their families and said it is not bullet inside them but some shells which can be taken out later. It was then they were shifted to Dr. Hardas Singh's Hospital in Amritsar and their precious lives were saved. It is learned that a list of Sikh youth has been prepared by Jammu Police. These Sikh youth will be selectively targeted by BJP backed Jammu Police. They are planning to spoil the future of Sikh youth in Jammu. World community must stand against Human Rights Violations in India against Sikhs.
Learn from Kashmiri Pandits. Speak for your cause. Highlight these atrocities and human rights violations at the world level. Let people know how minorities are being suppressed and their basic democratic rights being violated at all levels.
Here lets talk about third and last point is that Sikhs must learn from Kashmiri Pandits. It is their great quality to stay united at all times. They don’t form an army and fight. They don’t take up arms. They don’t go against the nation. They don’t get killed and waste their valuable lives. But they stand together and support each other in fight for their rights. They do it legally. They do it collectively. They do it from all possible fronts. They do it through politics. They do it through media. They do it through peaceful protests. They talk of it at every forum, where ever they get a chance. And there is nothing wrong in it. They are very wise and I appreciate them for this quality of theirs. Feel the pain of fellow Sikhs and remember that if you don’t stand for other Sikhs, you are only waiting for your own turn.
But all this is possible if we become True Sikhs of Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh. Become good human beings. Then only we will have character and truth of Sh. Anna Hazare. Then only we will have unmoved faith of Sh. Arvind Kejriwal. Then only 1 Sikh = 1.25 Lacs. We are blessed to have our Gurus always talking to us and guiding us through Guru Granth Saheb. Go and talk to them. Seek advice. Have faith and then see your life changing. Take this challenge for 1 year and see the magic. Do “Nitnem” every day. Read Sukhmani Saheb. This is for spiritual strength which will keep us strong on our principles and values always. Love every human being. Love our wonderful country India. Love every Indian. Contribute towards the progress and prosperity of this country and our fellow countrymen. Change for betterment. Don’t become a scapegoat. Don’t waste your valuable lives just to feed the ego and never ending hunger of power hungry people.