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Theo-Political Sikhi In Hindu Rashtra (Nation) - Part 5

- Conclusion: Conflict, Causes & Cure -


      Hindutva objective is the creation of a Hindu Rashtra. On the other hand, Sikhi temporal objective proclaimed by Guru Arjan Dev ji, is halemi raj in which all live without fear a secular state in which there is rule of law and diverse communities feel secure. So, it is not surprising that theo-political Sikhi which has given rise to egalitarian institutions and distinct Sikh identity are seen as obstructions in the path of the Hindutva objective of a Hindu rashtra.

History is witness that when diversity is threatened by an absolutist state, the Sikhs have opposed it and other freedom loving people have joined them. Twice in history they managed to establish popular Khalsa regimes in which all were equal partners and twice they led freedom movements which defeated super powers &ndash the Mughals and the colonial British.

It is interesting to note that call for an independent Sikh state, Khalistan, was first heard of as a spontaneous reaction to the proposed creation of a religion state of Pakistan in 1947. In recent times it is a reaction to the oppression in Punjab and denial of justice, and the threat of a Hindutva rashtra. The Anandpur Sahib Resolution sought delivery of promises made by Indian leaders before independence. 1984 and following events show the extremes to which Brahmanic Hinduism will go to deny Sikhs all those promises.

A Sikh journalist, Sunny Hundal, wrote: The Indian government is shooting itself in the foot. Younger diaspora Sikhs are more attached to their religious identity than their parents and are more willing to speak out. But neither of India&rsquos major parties will openly admit that Sikhs were systematically targeted in 1984, let alone deliver justice 30 years later. They prefer living in denial, thus fanning the flames of anger and giving further ammunition to separatists. (Sunny Hundal, Independent, 25 Feb 2018).

As for the label separatists: The majoritarian state structure found it more convenient instead to brand Sikhs as separatists and reframe our differences as treason. Their tools: vilification and historical amnesia. (Dr I J Singh, Sikhi: The Journey and The Destination, Nishaan Nagaara, 2018). Instead of celebrating diaspora Sikh successes and recognition of Sikhs, the Hindutva dominated Indian administration and media have seen these as a growing threat to own agenda. Sikh and non-Sikh organisations are promoted to oppose distinct Sikh identity recognition and monitoring.

We have also seen how the hijackers of Sikhi, the derawaadis, sants, babas, the Nirmala and udasi cults steeped in Vedic thought have been encouraged as the enemy within. The opt-out sanyasi gurus depending on others for their livelihood live in luxury, while the food growing farmers who feed India are driven to suicide.

We have discussed the causes of Sikh-Hindutva conflict. The cure is for the Sikhs to join all Indians, including millions of Hindu victims of caste-based social stratification, the Dalits, and religious minorities who are opposed to the Hindutva form of separatism and return India to its secular constitution, albeit, duly amended to recognise independent religions like Sikhi. Otherwise, tyrannical regimes always break-up due to non-limitation of own power.

Gurmukh Singh OBE