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Theo-Political Sikhi In Hindu Rashtra (Nation)



Part 2 - Who are the true separatists?




The clouds of forced unity are descending and diversity is crying out in agony.


      When the great poet, Bhai Santokh Singh, wrote the above verse, he was describing the plight of diverse Indian communities, especially the Brahmanic Hindus of India under Mughal rule. Emperor Aurungzeb was determined to convert India into a one religion state. Bhai Santokh Singh would have repeated the same verse today as the dark clouds of Hindutva gather over India.


On Sunday 21 January 2018, Rashtrya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Madhukar Bhagwat addressed an audience of 50,000 at Guwahati. He explained RSS views on traditional and modern education, and said that all people living in India are Hindu in terms of identity and nationality (Hindustan Times). Recently, once again, he announced that everyone who lives in India is Hindu by identity (Hindustan Times, 19 September 2018). He seems to be insisting on Hindu dual-identity tag for religious communities like Muslims, Sikhs, Budhists, Christians, Jains etc.


Normally, one would ignore such nonsense, except that RSS is the militant wing of BJP the ruling political party. Thousands of RSS trained (brainwashed?) volunteers are pushing their political manifesto. They arm themselves with lathis, heavy sticks often used by Indian police to control crowds. Reports of the atrocities committed by these Hindutva thugs against the most disadvantaged communities and minority communities make regular headlines.


For nearly a century, the Hindutva juggernaut has been rolling towards its objective of a Hindu Rashtra. The Sikh miri-piri tradition is opposed to any moves by the state towards totalitarian rule under any pretext. After the Mughal attempts to convert India into a religion state, and the British colonial rule, a Hindu Rashtra will eventually lead to disintegration of the country.


Sikh thought believes in voluntary association of diverse cultures and peoples (qaums) under secular rule of law. The Khalsa Raj of Maharaja Ranjit Singh epitomised such a commonwealth of religio-cultural communities in the north-western Indian sub-continent.


Sikhs of Guru Nanak-Gobind Singh have led rebellions against regimes attempting to exercise control over the freedom and will of others. In the current clash between egalitarian Sikh ideology which brings diverse people together, and the Hindutva objective of a Hindu rashtra, it is clear who the separatists are! They are those bent on replacing the secular Indian commonwealth of religions and diverse communities with a Brahmanic Hindu state. The politics of words such as separatists needs to be understood. When freedoms and human rights guaranteed by the United Nations and the secular Constitution of India are abused by an elitist Brahmanic caste and class, then theirs are the acts of separatism not of those asserting their identity rights as distinct communities. Yet, for Hindutva leaders, the Sikhs who have a history of resisting absolutism in any form, are the separatists.


The danger now is that the history of self-destruction of the Mughal and colonial empires can be repeated. Resistance to the Hindutva agenda attempting to force Indian diversity into the straight-jacket of a Hindu rashtra is likely to grow unless democratic safeguards and sense prevail. The topic is current and continues.


Gurmukh Singh OBE