A Protest from the Sikh World
By Dr. P. Singh Ajrawat
August 6, 1993
The Honorable Gary. L. Ackerman
US House of Representatives
Dear Congressman Ackerman,
W e write to you this letter with great remorse and concern regarding your stand against the Sikhs along with Pro-India lobbying in the U S Congress with special reference to the Burton Amendment.
Y ou are a Jew and come from a minority back ground like us. We are shocked and dismayed to know that a person of a Jewish descent will stand on the floor of the House openly condemning an aggrieved minority and join hands with the tyrant government of India whom a recent year has come to be recognized as one of the worst offenders of Human Rights of its own citizens. Not only one, but many international organizations, such as Amnesty International and Asia Watch among others are raising hue and cry regarding these gross violations which include extra judicial killings, massacre and genocide.
I t was extremely disturbing to know that you stood on the floor and quoted Sikh militants as the ones who blew up the Indian Prime Minister. Some of us have watched you on C-SPAN. How wrong can you get? How could you blame the Sikhs when they were not involved in the act? For your information, it is well-known fact that it was a Tamil Lady who blew him apart and whose group in turn has been trained by Mossad in Israel. What a shame it is for an US Congress man to tell a lie like this.
A s you are well aware, there are always militants in any struggle for freedom who will fight the oppressor the same way as the tyrant is doing, but that does not mean the whole community (nation) should be discredited. Look at the Jewish struggle for independence for the state of Israel. No body has forgotten the names of Menachem Begin, David Ben-Gurian, Yitzhak Shamir and Eli Cohen amongst others, who were terrorists in the eyes of their oppressors but freedom fighters in the eyes of Jews. Sikhs are no exception. Sikhs not only fought Hitler and the tyrant Nazis, but also helped the Jews to make the state of Israel. If you do a little research, you will find these to be facts.
S ikh leaders were the first ones to recognize the state of Israel as an independent country in l949. Where as India never acknowledged Israel until recently. The Indian Government untill recently prohibited the Sikhs and others from visiting Israel and South Africa, because they were not considered as the friendly countries. Have we forgotten these facts?
T his recent opening of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. is a reminder to us all that ” NEVER AGAIN ” this will happen on the face of the earth. Let us revere that pledge which applies to every community, not Jews alone. Being the citizens of the United States of America, the greatest nation on the face of the earth, we also have a mutual obligation as Americans to show respect to each other sentiments, religious beliefs and the human rights and to work together to oppose the tyrant, no matter who he or she may be.
L et us give you some scenario about the Sikh faith. Sikhs believe in one God and pray for the welfare of the whole mankind. Sikhs are peace-loving people, but never submit to oppression. It is the history of the Sikhs that they do not forgive tyrants. Look at the quest of the Nazi hunting by the Jews. Believe us, the Sikhs are no exception.
T he day, the Sikhs get their own state of Khalistan, the tyrants will be brought to book. But one scenario Sikh will not like to see. And that is the affiliation of the Jews or any other God fearing people ( Nation) with tyrants who have massacred and butchered the innocent Sikhs. Unfortunately India’s state terrorism against the Sikhs continues.
W e plead with you Congress man, to please understand and do what is right in the name of the humanity and not get carried away by any short term gains. A tyrant is never any body’s friend. Let us not create a black chapter in the history and draw a wedge between our two communities (Nations). We need each other in this time of crisis. At present, we are going through very trying but changing times. India is going through a transition with the radical fundamentalist Hindu majority (BJP) coming into power. That in itself will prove to be the further down fall of that country not to speak of corruption and oppression of the minorities. India will disintegrate soon, and Khalistan will emerge as a power to reckon with. Please help us and not oppose us. Today the whole Sikh World is observant of their friends and foes alike and history will be the witness.
May God Bless you.
Sikh Saadh Sangat of the United States of America
A Protest to the Hindu Web Site
Hosting Sikh Jokes and Propaganda against the Sikhs.
The Washington Times
November 21, 1998
Religious, ethnic tensions explode anew in India
Militant Hindus growing bolder with BJP’s rise to political power
By John Stackhouse
TORONTO GLOBE AND MAIL
BARODA, India – The mob came in the dead of night, wielding pipes, bicycle chains and bamboo poles. They shouted obscenities at the hundreds of people sleeping in a boys’ school. And then they struck. Some of the victims fled across a field and hid in the dark behind a grove of banyan trees. Others tried to ward off the assailants. Two men picked up Raman Chiman Kristi, a small-town pastor, and threw him off a second floor balcony. "I tried to get up but could not, so I crawled to the door," Mr. Raman recalled, sitting on a metal framed cot, his right leg in a plaster cast and his hands marked with cuts and bruises. "And then everything went dark." When he regained consciousness several minutes later, Mr. Raman realized that he had been caught up in the latest attack in an intensifying campaign against the spread of Christianity in India. The people sleeping in the school had come to Baroda for a 11 national leadership conference" featuring nightly prayer meetings, with music and speakers from Europe and North America. Christians and potential Christians had been provided with free food and lodging, as well as subsidized transportation from all over the country. Attacks in many placesAs Mr. Raman lay quietly in pain, the mob divided the crowd along religious lines. Christians were taken away by police, who arrived soon after the attack. Hindus were taken away by the assailants, who later claimed to have "rescued" 47 persons from a foreign financed drive to convert them.The clash in Abroad on Oct. 29 has sparked renewed terror among India’s 23 million Christians. Since the rise to power of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Party in April, they have faced an unrelenting challenge to their faith from the government in New Delhi. The part’s militant religious wing has targeted both the Protestant and Catholic Churches openly, claiming they’re out to turn India into a Christian nation. It has demanded foreign missionaries be deported, limits on foreign funding and an end to the conversion of Hindus. Of course, the militants have resorted to action as well as words: *In April, in the western state of Gujarat, a BJP stronghold, a Roman Catholic church under construction was demolished, along with a shed being used for services and statues of Christ, the Virgin Mary and St. Anthony, the church’s patron saint. *In July, in the Gujarati city of Rajkot, a mob entered a missionary school and burned hundreds of Bibles after forcing students to spit on them. In another town, a Christian body was exhumed from a grave and thrown on the roadside. * The final straw for many Christians came in September when four nuns were raped in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, reportedly by local men they had come to serve, Church leaders accused organizations close to the BJP of complicity. ‘Converting day and night’While condemning the violence, Hindu nationalist leaders have made one thing clear: Christians, who account for 2.6 per cent of the population, should understand their place in a nation that is 80 percent Hindu. "It is not a question of Christianity; it is a question of the church," said Dr. Pravin Togadiya, a physician and head of the World Hindu Congress in Gujarat. "With the big finances they’re getting from Western countries, with such a huge machine, they are converting day and night." While the attacks have affected only a small number of Indians, they have come to symbolize what many in the country see as the greatest threat posed by the BJP and its sister organizations, such as the Hindu Congress.
CHRISTIANS ATTACKED IN INDIA
Anti-Christian demonstrations in Baroda last Month Sparked fear among India s 23 million Christians, who have faced a challenge to their religion since the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in April."They’re trying to usher in a reign of Hinduism for everyone:’ said the Most Rev. Alan de Lastic, Roman Catholic archbishop of New Delhi. Long famous for respecting other beliefs, Hinduism has changed in recent years. Many Indians believe that its increasing violence and intolerance are a backlash to the rise of lower castes and tribal people, known as "adavasis;’who had been subjugated in the past. " Their attacks are not so much against Christianity," said the Most Rev. Godfrey de Rosario, bishop of Baroda. "They are against any force that is enlightening the masses and the adavasis." While Hindu groups have moved aggressively into adavasi regions, building schools and health clinics, some of their militant groups have taken to forcing Christians out. Deliberate tactic Members of the Hindu Congress and its youth wing, the Bajrang Dal, have been linked with most of the Gujrat attacks.The same organisation led to the mobs that destroyed a 16 th century mosque in northern India in December 1992 setting off months of communal violence across the country.John Dayal , a new Delhi paper editor and Catholic lay leader, said the apparent shift in anger away from’ Muslims and towards the smaller Christian minority is a deliberate tactic by the to please Hindu Supremacists without risking a violent Backlash "We can be identified and targeted and persecuted," Mr. Dayal said. "It’s a coward’s way out. You can’t do that with Muslims and Sikhs. There would be blood on the streets." Apart from the violence, church leaders say their institution, including schools and hospitals, face regular harassment over issues such as land records, taxes curriculum. In July, the local BJP government in New Delhi announced (Catholic churches would lose their status as places of worship because they serve alcohol, in the form of sacramental wine. It also banned faith healing, citing a civil law on medical treatment.
The World Hindu Congress says more government control is needed to halt the spread of Christianity, which it says is often a accomplished through inducement, if not under duress. In the tribal belt, many Protestant churches use mass rallies, faith healing to draw potential converts. And there often are promises of education and jobs. "Those Protestants – Methodists, Pentecostals – have baptizing left, right and center" said Bishop de Rosario, whose region has lost many Catholic villages to the new evangelical missions, which are the fast growing denomination in adavasi region. " This has created some of the problems." For example, the gathering in Baroda was a revival meeting whose biggest draw to the general public was faith healing. "Miracles are the foundation of all pastoral work in the tribal bely" said Davis Matthews, one of the organizers. Mr. Matthews, along with his father and three brothers, runs the Alpha Missionary Movement, Baroda-based evangelical group with ties to the US churches. ” I haven’t heard of anyone making inroads just by preaching"
Distributed by Scripp Howard
Dear Khalsa Ji,
These are the realities which are already manifesting under the Oppressive and Brutal Hindu Regime in India. No minority including Sikhs, Christians, Muslims, Dalits or others are safe under the rule of tyrant, communal and corrupt Bhartiya Janta Party and its intolerant and dishonest forces. The things are only going to get worse with time. Remember the words of BJP leader Gowalkar.
Golwalkar says that the Hindu nation is one where "all those not belonging to the, nation i.e. Hindu race, religion, culture and language, naturally fall out of the pale of real national life. The foreign races in Hindustan must either adopt Hindu culture and language, must learn to respect and hold in reverence the Hindu religion, must entertain no idea except the glorification of the Hindu religion and culture, i.e. the Hindu nation and must lose their separate existence to merge in the Hindu race or they may stay in the country wholly subordinate to the Hindu nation, claiming nothing, deserving no privileges, far less any preferential treatment, not even citizens rights."
Would the Sikhs accept such conditions ? Would Sikhs live with such cowards and ungreatful and unecumenical people? The answer is NO.
Sikh Nation was Sovereign, is Sovereign and always shall be Sovereign. Staying with India was yet another period of transition in the History of the Sikh Nation. And the lesson learnt after the attack on the Golden Temple and the Sikh Holocaust of November 84, has defined those boundaries (Religious and Political) of the Sikh Nation, stronger than ever before. Time has come to mark those boundaries, yet not loose the word of the Guru "Nanak naam char di Kala, Tere Bhane Sarbat Da Bhalla" It is time for the Sikhs to liberate their homeland from these anti Sikh and Anti minority Rulers and be the masters of our own destiny.
Come join the peaceful, democratic and righteous struggle to liberate Khalistan. Council of Khalistan works hard to turn Khalistan into a
New Global Reality.
In the Service of The Khalsa Panth
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