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A Site by Phony “Sikhs”

Bijla Singh

There is an anti-Khalistan website called eKhalistan being promoted by a pro-Indian person/group who claims himself to be a “Sikh”. A very preliminary look at the site at the very outset gives a clear picture as to the ill-intentions and diabolic and sinister plan of the site. The very reason we believe this site is not made by Sikhs but Indians is due to the very nature of the statements written on it. The entire goal of the site is to distort and misinterpret the true teachings of Gurmat and present Khalistan in a negative tone as well as label it as anti-Gurmat. In this article, we address some of their statements and poorly written arguments (in red) against our site as well as Khalistan. First let’s see what they say about themselves:

ekhalistan is started by like minded Sikhs living in Canada keeping in mind to propagate the correct knowledge about Sikhism. As we youth believe that over the years Khalistan has given the Sikhs in Canada a name that can not be removed so easily from the minds of Canadians.

Sikhs in USA, Canada, UK and other countries have the right of freedom of speech which they are not free to exercise in India. Hence, they raise their voice to expose and highlight the oppression and injustice being done to them by the Indian government. As politics is inseparable part of the Sikh religion, Khalistan or an idea of Sikh state cannot be removed from the Sikh teachings. Such an attempt is a direct attack on Gurbani because it seeks to dilute and misinterpret the Sikh teachings by presenting it as a pure pacifist religion. Sikhs wish to establish their own state to safeguard their identity, culture, religion and history. Without a political state, prosperity of Sikh nation is impossible. Pritam Singh Gill corroborates:

Sikh culture is monotheistic and democratic; it must therefore be saved and this can be done only with the help of political force. For this the Sikhs require a state of their own. They have all the attributes of a separate nationality as separate language, culture, religion and traditions, and therefore can aspire for a separate State if their culture is in danger.[1]

Sikhs are not just saints but soldiers as well. Thus, Sikh nation will continue to recite “Raj Karega Khalsa” and the demand of a Sikh state shall continue to be part of the Sikh ethos. The idea of a Sikh State had been envisioned during the times of the Gurus. Pritam Singh Gill states:

The Sikhs worshipped God in Har Mandar Sahib and discussed their policies in relation to the political position at the Akal Takhat. Thus the Guru blended religion with politics. Sikhs became soldiers but remained saints as well. They felt that they were building their own kingdom although without territory as yet.[2]

Khalistan has spread in Canada like a plaque which is eating and destroying the peaceful and correct history of Sikhism from the face of the map.

It is not clear what the author means by “peaceful and correct”. If he means Sikhism advocates pacifist ideology then it is only a wishful thinking on his part. Gurmat is way of life that requires an ideal person (Sikh) to be active in social, religious and political aspects of society. It is neither a religion of recluses, monks and ascetics nor is it other-worldly. Rather it seeks to set up a society of active householders. Thus, politics cannot be separated from it. Guru Nanak Dev Ji openly condemned the rulers of his time who were unjust and tyrant. Gurdip Kaur states:

Guru Nanak’s condemnation of the oppression and brutalities exercised by the rulers of his times on their subjects testifies his advocacy for the people’s right to resist the oppressive and tyrant ruler.[3]

Therefore, it is not against Gurmat for Sikhs to resist the unjust and tyrant rule of India verbally and physically. Using force and resorting to armed resistance is fully justified within Gurmat. Pritam Singh Gill echoes:

In the world at it is, force can be met by force; force is an essential part of State; therefore, the Sikhs must have their own State; only then they would be able to protect themselves against religious persecution carried on by the State.[4]

Political suppression hinders the Sikhs from freely exercising their religious way of life in India. Since Sikhs cannot openly raise their voice in India due to fear of suppression and extermination, it does not mean they are opposed to Khalistan or their brethren in other countries are doing anything wrong by speaking for them.

Voice for India’s independence from British rule was also raised in Western countries. Both Gadar movement and Indian National Army were raised outside India. Hence, it is not wrong of Sikhs to raise their demand on similar lines. It is neither immoral nor unconstitutional.

Sikh history has been more violent than peaceful. There were only few decades when the Sikh nation experienced peace but most of the Sikh history has had Sikhs involved in clash with unjust and foreign rulers be it Mughals, Afghans, British or the Hindus. Guru Nanak Dev Ji openly spoke against the Mughals and Lodhis. He also criticized Brahmins and Kshatriyas for neglecting their duty of guiding people to revolt against oppression and winning the freedom. Guru Hargobind Ji gave full military training to the Sikhs and turned them into warriors. Last five Gurus kept full army with them all the time. Guru Gobind Singh Ji turned the entire Sikh nation into nation of warriors. Sikhs were involved with long lasting struggle against the Mughals and Afghans which we need not explain here. Hence, neither Sikh history nor Sikhs have been pacifists as the author of eKhalistan is suggesting.

Sikhism is a old religion that needs to be preserved and if well nurtured is the most peaceful religion around the world.

We have already addressed how Gurmat is not pacifist. Sikhism is relatively a young religion. It is a revealed religion and was founded by the order of God. Hence, it will not go extinct and does not need any nurturing. Rest assured, it can take of itself. It was started to stay here while its opposers have wasted lives in vain.

That wrong belief that Sikhism and Khalistan is the same needs to be removed from the mindset of a common man.

Every common man in the world with little bit rationality and sanity would realize that Sikhism not being a pacifist religion advocates setting up a State that brings welfare to the entire humanity. No one claims that Khalistan and Sikhism are exactly the same. The latter is a religion which propagates fundamental principles for setting up a political state which is now being called Khalistan.

This website will provide correct information about Sikhism and how khalistan is eating the roots and history of sikhism.

Spare us your false knowledge of Sikhism. There are myriads of website already propagating the true message of Sikhism. We do not need an Indian tout to put forth misinterpretation of Sikhism just to please his masters. Khalistanis are not rewriting Sikh history nor are they acting against Sikhism. Pritam Singh Gill states:

When a Sikh is convinced that there is no change of heart in the persecutor, he stops offering the second cheek like Jesus; he takes up arms and fights against tyranny.[5]

It is the Hindu terrorist groups backed by the Indian government and the majority Hindu that are rewriting their own version of Sikh history and falsifying historical facts to glorify the Hindus and reduce the role of Sikhs in freedom struggle to negligible. It is the Hindu majority that is trying to destroy the roots of Sikhism from Punjab, its birth land. Author of eKhalistan seems to be frustrated by the fact that Khalistanis being aware of such attacks are opposing the Indian mischievous plan and rendering it failed.

We want all the Sikh’s living in Canada to boycott the Khalistan Movement and preach & practice peaceful Sikhism. Which will be liked by all the Canadian’s living in Canada.

Surely your Indian masters would like you to say such things and a whole lot more. But what authority do you have to make an appeal to the entire Sikh community in Canada? Have you ever appealed to Canadian Hindus to stop supporting India or Canadian Muslims to stop supporting their Muslim countries? Khalistan movement is not anti-Sikhism. Darshan Singh states:

Whether or not the demand for Khalistan is in the interests of Sikhs is a debatable point. But to dub it as against the teachings of the Sikh Gurus is to our mind a lopsided view. That the Gurus valued the importance of cultural freedom of a people becomes evident from a number of holy verses in Sri Guru Granth Sahib. The sacrifice of the ninth Guru should also be viewed as an act for this very cause.[6]

On the one hand, the author requests Canadian Sikhs to boycott Khalistan which is justified by the Sikh principles and the actions of the Sikh Gurus, and on the other hand the same author on “True Khalistan” page states that Sikhs are bound to follow the teachings of the Gurus. He states:

The followers of Sikhi are ordained to follow the teachings of the ten Sikh gurus, or enlightened leaders, as well as the holy scripture entitled the Gurū Granth Sāhib Ji

It is nothing short of hypocrisy of the author that he wants Sikhs to abandon the demand for Khalistan which stands for their freedom fully knowing that they are ordained to follow the Sikh Gurus who themselves advocated such principles. Asking Sikhs to boycott moral principles which Sikh Gurus themselves taught, lived, practiced and sacrificed for cannot be an act of a Sikh but an Indian agent.

Indian government very well knows that Sikhs cherish political, cultural and religious freedom which India and its puppets like eKhalistan are trying so desperately to rob from them and get Sikhs to become like Buddhist monks whose religion Hindus successfully destroyed from India. Rest assured, Sikhism will not suffer the same fate because Sikhs will never accept any defeat or watch silently while the invaders loot and plunder them. Movement of Khalistan shall continue to rise and get stronger.

On the entire site, there is not a single article or even a brief synopsis presenting any analysis on how Khalistan movement and the principles behind it are against the teachings of Sikhism. If the intentions of the author were true to their letter, he would have written something on Sikhism and made efforts to reform the Canadian people to stop supporting Khalistan. Instead, he seems to have busied himself in writing articles on making suggestions to India about crushing and countering Khalistan movement. Article written on June 4, 2014, for example, shows how well-versed he is about government appointees especially Ajit Doval and his background and qualifications. If his chief objective was to correctly present Sikhism in Canada then why is he so concerned about remnants of Khalistan movement in India and how the Indian government should handle the movement? Why not be true to your statements and focus more at home than worry about a foreign country’s political policy? Unless, eKhalistan site is set up by Indians (not Canadians) who pose themselves as Sikhs (but are Hindus) to give the impression that the Khalistan movement is being opposed from within and internally from the Sikh community. Such tactics are old and well-known. If he truly is a person from a Sikh background then he is no better than the likes of Kairon, Barnala, Giani Zail, Kuldip Brar, Beanta, KP Gill etc. who licked the boots of their Indian masters and betrayed their own people for selfish reasons, material gains and petty promotions. Nonetheless, Sikhs are still here and voice of Khalistan is still not dead while the traitors are dead or close to being hauled away to hell.

Now, we move on to some of the statements made by eKhalistan against our website.

The website is full of anti-India diatribe. In one of the section, a pathetic attempt is made to degrade the glorious Indian Struggle for Independence by calling Subash Chandra Bose a Nazi Agent.

This statement alone exposes the true character of the author. Only an Indian Hindu would turn his back on actual historical facts and call Indian struggle for independence “glorious”. There has been nothing glorious in Hindu history ever since 1000 A.D. when Mahmud Gazanavi first invaded India. We rather not delve into how degraded and humiliating life the Indians lived prior to the advent of Sikhism. And what to speak of Hindu struggle against the British. Hindus, despite being the majority, could not put up an organized armed struggle against the tiny British population. Instead they helped Britishers fight against Sikh freedom movements like Ghadar, Babbar Akalis, Gurdwara Reform etc. Even Indian National Army was started, organized and trained by a Sikh named Mohan Singh while Subash Chandra Bose was busy shaking hands and seeking help from the Nazis. We never claimed he was their agent but only pointed out the fact that for his own freedom he was willing to side with the most tyrant regime of the time despite knowing that the Nazis were involved in killing millions of innocent people. RSS leaders were also praising fascism and the Nazi party at the same time.

eKhalistan has no evidence to refute our arguments and address our points raised in Indian Fascism article.

In the section on Khalistan, the site lists “ reasons” for the formation of Khalistan.  It even goes ahead and classifies them into religious, economic, social, and education, In one of the social reasons, the portrayal of Sikh in Indian movies has been cited as “a social and national reason for having Khalistan”. It is true to an extent that majority of bollywood movies depict Sikhs in a hilarious role, but it is also true that bollywood has time and again glorified eminent Sikh freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh and Shaheed Udham Singh.

The point still remains which the author also agrees to is that the Sikh role is depicted in comical way such that the entire image and character of a Sikh is tarnished. Making a few movies on past Sikh heroes for monetary reasons does not change the fact that the Sikh identity is being falsely portrayed in the movies and being made a mockery of. Why isn’t a Hindu shown wearing an unstitched dhoti, bald head with a tuft, giant markings on his forehead and upper body wearing nothing but a long thread? This is the traditional dress code of a Brahmin but what is preventing Bollywood media from showing a Brahmin in a comical role who already looks like a clown? Why must they pick on minorities every time? eKhalistan has no answers.

Moreover, the argument of poor economic conditions of Sikhs also does not hold true, as Punjab is one of the most prosperous states of India showing all round development.

There is no evidence to back up such a claim. Had eKhalistan any sense of integrity and honesty it would have read our article thoroughly and correctly presented our argument. The gist of our article is that Punjab is suffering economically due to its resources being misused and exploited by the Indian government. Punjab does not have right over its water, electricity and other natural resources which are constitutionally given to other states. This is discriminatory, unfair, unjust and illegal act of the government against the Sikhs. Sikh farmers in Punjab use tractors and fertilizers more than any other state in India yet all the factories making such products are set up in other states which have no use for them. Punjab’s electricity is provided by thermal plants but coal is imported from other states. Sikh farmers do not have the right to set the prices of their own crops or sell their products to international market. Lack of industry and infrastructure is rendering many educated and graduate student unemployed leaving them frustrated and forcing them to live a life of poverty. Punjab is the last to get any developmental projects or money grants for its economic development. If despite all these reasons, eKhalistan asserts that Punjab is “one of the most prosperous states of India” then we say it is all the more reasons for Sikhs to turn it into an independent state. If Punjab can do this well in such turmoil then it can certainly do much better being an independent state.

As the readers can observe the very obvious themselves, eKhalistan site is being run by a frustrated Indian who seems to be agitated by the increased support for Khalistan movement and wishes to destroy the demand of Khalistan raised by Sikhs in Western countries by means of social media, false propaganda, spreading lies, misinterpreting Gurmat to be a pacifist religion, and presenting Khalistan as a terroristic movement. Nonetheless, Sikhs have the right to raise their concerns over human rights violations, mass killings, genocide and systematic onslaught occurring in Punjab by the Indian government against the Sikh nation. Those who wish to silence the Sikhs are clearly the working agents and touts of the Indian government who lack ethical and moral values to show any care for humanity. A person who puts his country before Gurmat is not a Sikh. One who shows no compassion for the Sikh cause and freedom and prosperity of the Sikh people cannot be a Sikh. A Sikh seeks welfare of all and it cannot be expected from the same Sikh to oppose the welfare for his own people. Therefore, we consider eKhalistan site not only anti-Khalistan but an anti-Gurmat, unethical, immoral and inhumane attempt against the suffering Sikh nation struggling for its survival and freedom. Raj Karega Khalsa Aki Rahe Na Koe.

References


[1] Gill, Pritam Singh. Trinity of Sikhism. Jallandhar: New Academic Publishing, 1973. Print. p. 232

[2] Gill, Pritam Singh. History of Sikh Nation. Jallandhar: New Academic Publishing, 1978. Print, p. 155

[3] Kaur, Gurdip. Guru Nanak’s Philosophy of Politics. Bathinda: Mahant Bhal Tirath Singh, 1994. Print, p. 198

[4] Gill, Pritam Singh. Print, p. 156

[5] Ibid. p. 65

[6] Singh, Darshan. Perspectives on Sikh Polity. New Delhi: Dawn Publishers, 1993. Print, pp. 21-22