Sukhbir Badal’s Idiocy
One of the idiosyncrasies of the Badal family has always been being indifferent to the Sikh freedom rights. Badal family has disgracefully done the most damage to Punjab state and the Sikh nation by increasing sale and distribution of drugs and alcohol, and suppressing economic welfare thereby increasing unemployment and poverty among the youth. Parkash Badal has tight control over the State rule as well as Sikh institutions. Role of Badal family against the Sikh freedom movement is well-known to the Panth. In this post, we bring a particular video to the attention of our readers in which Sukhbir Badal, an idiotic son of Parkash Badal, mocks and insults the hunger strike of Bapu Surat Singh, an 84 year old Sikh who has been on a hunger strike for more than 6 months.
In this video, Sukhbir Badal dismisses that Bapu Ji is even on a hunger strike. Then he makes a few statements against the intent of the hunger strike which we seek to address and refute. He first states that the hunger strike is unwarranted and not rational because one must consider and work within the law of the country. But he does not explain which Indian law makes it illegal for anyone to go on a peaceful hunger strike. Would illiterate Sukhbir care to explain if he has ever read the Indian Constitution and then point out the appropriate laws prohibiting hunger strikes? For Sikhs, however, their religion comes first not the State law. If obeying State law is required at all times then there was no possible way for Indians to obtain freedom from the British. Unjust laws, discrimination, State oppression and slavery must be fought against in order to win freedom and justice. It is the Indian government that is unjust which is why Sikhs have been unable to obtain justice even within the framework of the Indian Constitution. Sikhs are being treated unfairly and unjustly by the Indian government. Sikh prisoners are not being released even after they have completed their life sentences whereas the government patrons are released well before their terms are over. One example is of Gurmeet Pinki, a police cat, who was released after serving 7 years of his life sentence and then reinstated to his police job. This shows how law is applied differently to minorities in India and case of legality is completely ignored for those whom the government favors. We must ask Sukhbir Badal to explain under which law was his government able to release Pinki and reinstate him in the police force? Which law is preventing the government to release Sikh prisoners? We must remind the readers that this is not about all Sikh political prisoners but only those who have completed their sentences and continue to languish in jails ever since. Ignorant Sukhbir does not know the fact that the hunger strike demands the government to apply the law equally to Sikh political prisoners granting them freedom. This act of the government will not be unconstitutional.
Then Sukhbir make an argument against the hunger strike by saying that he can go on a hunger strike demanding the city of Amritsar to be named after him insinuating that Bapu Ji’s hunger strike is not rational. This further shows how Sukhbir Badal and his government completely fail to understand the Sikh cause as well as the intent and purpose of Bapu Ji’s hunger strike. In this argument, foolish Sukhbir goes against his own argument of working within the State law because his hunger strike will not have the backing of any law to be implemented. Sukhbir’s hunger strike, which he lacks the courage to go on, will be against the entire Sikh community as well as outside the framework of the Indian Constitution. Hence, both hunger strikes will be poles apart. Whereas Bapu Ji’s hunger strike is for the welfare of others promoting equal justice and freedom for Sikh political prisoners, Sukhbir’s hunger strike reeks of self-interest and self-promotion.
Sukhbir then states that the Punjab government did whatever it could do concerning the cases of political prisoners. He states that they brought Prof. Davinderpal Singh Bhullar to Punjab. While we give credit of this accomplishment to the Punjab government, we must ask why such a step was taken if Bapu Ji’s hunger strike is unwarranted, irrational and unconstitutional. Why even heed to the demand of the hunger strike if the government does not think it is for the right reasons? And why did the government not take this step on its own prior to commencement of the hunger strike? If the Akali party has always supported the Sikh cause, as Sukhbir asserts, then why has his government been so careless about this particular cause and kept itself aloof from the Anandpur Sahib Resolution? Sukhbir Badal is nothing but a liar and a fraud. We cannot expect his party to ever support the Sikh cause especially when he advocates working within the State law. One either works within the framework of the Indian Constitution and considers Sikhs as Hindus or promotes the Sikh cause of freedom and equal rights which inevitably require him to go against the Indian Constitution.
As long as Badal family and its cohorts are in control of power in Punjab, Sikhs will continue to lack leadership and representation, and remain second class citizens in India.