Hindu Rashtra! What about Sikhs?

So, an RSS friend asked me, what is wrong in having a Hindu Rashtra; what is the big deal!

My answer is this:

As a Sikh, I don’t want to be a second grade citizen in a country which has been created with blood of my community; and I am pretty sure that if these people continue this propaganda, India can’t survive for long in the current borders.

The people who ask for a Hindu Rashtra today, the Jan Sangh acolytes NEVER EVER talked of independence or Swaraj from British, their Savarkar begged the British for mercy when hundreds of Sikhs were sweating it out there and being hung on their necks. Here, I am not ranting against Hindus in general, let me emphasise, this is in response to those who think it is their God given right to make other citizens second grade.

Now that they have got swaraj on a platter due to sacrifices of others, they claim to subjugate a community that has given much more than their ideology ever has.

ISSUE IS THIS: converting India into a Hindu Rashtra would stab the Sikhs in the back, the people who joined India out of choice; not because they didnt have anywhere else to go; they could have asked for a separate country then. And not to forget that Sikhs contributed the MOST to India’s independence struggle; yes, the MOST given their low population percentage, and this I say with facts. Counter the facts, if one can, with facts.

DURING THE FREEDOM STRUGGLE, WHEN SAVARKAR WAS BEGGING FOR MERCY, THIS IS WHAT THE SIKHS WERE DOING.

Out of 121 patriots hanged 93 were Sikhs. Of the 2626 awarded life-imprisonment 2147 were Sikhs. Of the 1300 martyred in Jallianwala Bagh 799 were Sikhs.

1824, Talpedar Vijay Singh of Kunja in Roorkee leads in the mutiny of army. 211 sikh armymen killed in gun fire, 18 were hanged.

1925, Grenadiers Company refused to suppress Assamese. Two Sikhs Kartar Singh and Hari Singh were hanged.

1869 – 65 Namdhari Sikhs tied with the barrels of cannons and blown to bits.

1882 – Ludhiana. Attempt to occupy artillery depot outside. 42 sikhs were martyred.

1907 – Agitation launched against the Punjab Colonisation Act, 1907. Sardar Ajit Singh (Bhagat Singh’s Uncle) was a prominent leader of this movement. He along with Lala Lajpat Rai was expelled from the country and imprisoned in Mandalay in Burma. After his release, Ajit Singh went to Canada and joined the Ghadar Party..

1913 – The Ghadar Party pioneered the armed freedom struggle, most of them being Sikhs. The Ghadar Party continued to inject revolutionaries into Indian politics. It is said, out of 8000 returnees from World-War during 1914-18, the Government of India interned 5000 and restricted the movements of another 2500. Among the 194 men taken into custody 180 were Punjabis. Most of them were Sikhs. They were charged with treason. As many as 12 were hanged. Some of the were imprisoned for life. Others were transported. And the rest were given various terms of imprisonment. This was the birth of the Azad Hind Fauz idea.

1914 – Kam Gatta Maru. Out of 376 travellers, 355 were Sikhs. During firing at Baj-Baj Port, 67 sikhs were martyred.

1914-1915. In Lahore central jail, 18 patriots belonging to Babbar and Gaderites were hanged. Life imprisonment of 28 sikhs.

5 Brave Sikhs were hanged in ‘Lahore supplementary case’. 91 got life imprisonment out of which 90 were Sikhs. 50 Indians got other sentences, out of which 49 were Sikhs.

1921 – 500 Sikhs were killed in the Gurdwara Movement and 30,000 courted arrest.

1931 – Some freedom fighters were being sent to Andaman. Sardar Rattan Singh and his companions tried to freed them. Got arrested. Given capital punishment.

AZAD HIND FAUZ: Founder of ‘Azad Hind Fauz’ was General Mohan Singh of Ghadar Party. Netaji Subhash Chander Bose became part of it after eight years. Out of 42,000 armymen of Azad Hind Fauz, 28,000 were Sikhs.

MAJOR SIKH FREEDOM FIGHTERS – It would be futile to list Sikh freedom fighters in entirety. Too many of them went to the gallows, too many went to Andaman Nicobar Cellular Jail and died there. And the fact that they went to their destiny with pride in their eyes. I would however list just a few, for details kindly visit the links provided against their names.

-Kartar Singh Sarabha; hung at age 19 along with ten others.
-Udham Singh, alias Ram Mohammad Singh Azad – hung for killing O’Dwyer
-Ajeet Singh
-Sohan Singh Bhakna
-Baba Gurdit Singh
-Baba Gurmukh Singh
-Bhai Parmanand
-Captain Mohan Singh, who created the Azad Hind Fauz
-Gurdan Saini
-Labh Singh Saini
-Teja Singh Samundri
-Bhagat Singh

WHEN SAVARKAR WAS BEGGING FOR MERCY, MAJOR SIKH FREEDOM FIGHTERS INCARCERATED IN CELLULAR JAIL WERE (1909-1938)

Amar Singh
Bhai Paramanand
Bhan Singh
Bishen Singh (4 Bishen Singhs infact)
Channan Singh
Chattar Singh (2 Chattar Singhs)
Chuher Singh
Gurudah Singh
Gurudit Singh
Gurumukh Singh
Gurumukh Singh
Hardit Singh
Harnam Singh
Hazara Singh
Hirda Singh
Inder Singh (2 nos.)
Jawand Singh
Jawla Singh
Jiwan Singh (2 nos.)
Kala Singh
Kala Singh
Kapur Singh
Kartar Singh
Kehr Singh
Kehr Singh
Kesar Singh
Kirpa Singh
Kirpal Singh
Kusal Singh
Lakhan Singh
Lal Singh
Lal Singh
Mangal Singh
Manohar Singh
Munsha Singh
Nand Singh
Nand Singh
Natha Singh
Nehar Singh
Nidhan Singh
Piara Singh
Randhir Singh
Roda Singh
Rulla Singh
Rurh Singh
Sajjan Singh
Saon Singh
Sher Singh
Shingara Singh
Shiv Singh
Sohan Singh
Sucha Singh
Surain Singh
Surjan Singh
Teja Singh
Thakkar Singh
Udhem Singh
Wasakha Singh
Waswa Singh Punjab
Hazari Singh
Mahavir Singh

Ghadar Party Prisoners, Amritsar Railway Station, 1938

Enough Said; don’t destroy India’s fabric.

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2 comments

  1. If Indians understand that we have different dharmas and not different religions, a lot of communal disharmony can be prevented.

    The word ‘hindu’ referred to different things in different time of history, in different places.

    Geographically: The actual term ‘Hindu’ first occurs as a Persian geographical term for the people who lived beyond the river Indus.(Sindhu) – First instance of the word hindu being used as a geographical term in 6th-century BCE. During the time of Delhi Sultanate and the Mughals, India was called Hindustan. Even now India is alternatively known as Hindustan. In this case, like/dislike, all Indians are Hindus, not only according to RSS but internationally, especially to the Middle East.

    Culturally: Indian Civilization has always had a distinct and rich culture, of course with several influences. Problem arises when some Muslims think themselves to be Arabs etc.

    The Parsees who came to India from Iran have been well integrated into the Hindu society. They have assimilated our culture but yet retain the distinctness. ( The names, language etc.) They have been one of the most successful communities in India.

    Another example is that of Indonesians- They may be religiously muslims but are culturally Hindus- Similarly, Nepalese, Sri Lankans, People from Bhutan and parts of south east Asia are essentially Hindus- they may be of different Race, religion, Dharma, Political entities or geography.

    And lastly Dharmically- Again, according to some, all people who follow any of the Dharmic schools of philosophically are hindus.

    According to my experience with RSS, I think this is what they wish to define as a ‘hindu’

    Follow any of the Dharmic schools of philosophy.
    Be a Hindu by culture – The Scriptures like Gita and our Epics are a part of our history. Diwali, Holi and Pongal are cultural festivals- not necessarily associated with one religion. Probably you can find no better example than our Late President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam –
    Ending with one of the RSS prayers / Mantras/ Songs

    यं वैदिका मन्त्रदृशः पुराणाः इन्द्रं यमं मातरिश्वा नमाहुः।
    वेदान्तिनो निर्वचनीयमेकम् यं ब्रह्म शब्देन विनिर्दिशन्ति॥

    शैवायमीशं शिव इत्यवोचन् यं वैष्णवा विष्णुरिति स्तुवन्ति।
    बुद्धस्तथार्हन् इति बौद्ध जैनाः सत् श्री अकालेति च सिख्ख सन्तः॥

    शास्तेति केचित् कतिचित् कुमारः स्वामीति मातेति पितेति भक्त्या।
    यं प्रार्थन्यन्ते जगदीशितारम् स एक एव प्रभुरद्वितीयः॥

    Meaning:

    Whom (Yam) the Vaidika Mantradrashah (those who have understood the Vedas and to whom the mantras were revealed), the Puranas (stories and history of ancient times) and other sacred scrip­tures call: Indram (Indra, the God of Gods), Yamam (Yama, the eternal timeless God) and Mātariśvā (present everywhere like air). Whom the Vedāntins (those who follow the philosophy of Vedānta), indicate by the word Brahma as the One (ekam) which cannot be described or explained (Nirvachaniya).

    Whom the Śaivas call (Avochan) the Omnipotent (Yamisham) Śiva and Vaishnavas praise (stuvanti) as Vishnu, the Buddhists and Jains (Baudhajainaha) respectively call as Buddha and Arhant (without any end), whom the Sikh sages (Sikh-santaha) call Sat Śrī Akāl (the timeless Truth).

    Some (kecit) call Whom as Śāstā, others (katicit) Kumāra, some call It Swāmī (Lord of the Universe and protector of all), some Mātā (divine mother) or Pitā (father). To whom they offer prayers, It (Sa) is the same and the only One (Eka Eva), without a second (advitiyah).

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    • The issue is that most Hindus don’t understand all the above… They are out to establish hegemony above all that don’t adhere to their narrow ganga-basin definition of Hindutva… Sad

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