It's not just a simple clash of Dalits and upper caste Jat Sikhs over religious identity which has triggered off the current violence in Punjab.
Though tension between the two sides has been on the rise for the last several years and
has manifested itself on several occasions, the shootout which took place in Vienna
on May 24, leading to the death of Sant Ramanand, head of Dera Sachkhand in Jalandhar is a little more than that.
For one, the Punjab Police which has activated its intelligence network keeping an eye on Sikh fundamentalists in India and abroad is unable to place the perpetrators of the crime.
Punjab DGP KK Attri announced today that out of the five assailants, three were lynched to death by the followers of the Dera immediately after they fired. He said that the assailants are believed to be Sikh fundamentalists but had nothing more to add.
At about the same time, chief of the Babbar Khalsa, (presently in Pakistan) Wadhawa Singh distanced himself from the incident by condemning the incident in a statement issued today.
Radical Sikh organizations based in Punjab are also betraying nervousness, fearing that the heat could turn on them. Few among them now are prepared to talk about their oft repeated opposition to 'deras' and the mode of worship which the deras of Punjab propagate.
For the record, the shootout in Vienna took place because some radical Sikhs had been objecting to the practice of Dera Sach
Khand (as also other deras in Punjab) followers touching the feet of the head of the Dera while the Guru Granth sahib lay in the same room.
Conservative Sikhs, believing in the tenets of Sikhism as taught by the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh, do not accept any living being as a Guru. For them the Sikh holy book is the ultimate Guru.
The Vienna incident was clearly not a spontaneous act of anger and was clearly designed to set off a reaction. The answers will come once it is clear who exactly planned and executed it.
The reaction in Punjab, though, has been swift and spontaneous. The Dera followers who are mainly from the Doab region of Punjab
-- that is, the districts of Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Phagwara and Hoshiarpur -- unleashed violence which has left
two persons dead and several injured. Shops, buses and vehicles have been burnt and lakhs worth of public and
private property destroyed. The army and paramilitary forces are out and curfew has been imposed in four towns.
The Doaba area of Punjab is known for its huge migrant community and in the last two decades the
Dalits of this region have become assertive on the strength of their dollar earnings. Most of the followers of the Dera Sach
Khand in Ballan village in Jalandhar belong to the Dalit community.
Add to this a dose of politics in the form of the Assembly bye election to the Nurmahal constituency scheduled for May 28th. That is now likely to be postponed if things do not improve, because Nurmahal is in the heart of the Doab region.
The ruling Akali Dal did a curious thing to ingratiate itself with the Dalits. It announced a bandh to express solidarity with them and even the curfew that it imposed in the four towns is not being enforced with a firm hand.
So, even as the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh appealed to the Punjabis to maintain peace and calm, the Akalis did their own bit to encourage the
Even if the present chaos is quelled with the help of the army, Dera politics have once again come to the forefront in
Punjab. And political parties are unlikely to resist the temptation to play politics.
Never mind if the social and religious tensions that this is unleashing, threatens peace in Punjab once again.
what i don't understand is why people have stopped thinking....they are just following the preachers who are preaching it in their own beneficial way....what i have to say is let it be Vedas, Guru Granth Sahib, Bible , Kuran...or any other....these are the thoughts written by the thinkers and scholars(NANAK, MOHAMMAD,etc) of their time...these writings are just like poems,you can read them as many times but you will end up understanding it more but not to the fullest... like poems for different people its meaning is different u will understand what u want to learn from it(so u have to be broad ad openminded)...but u wont be as accurate but may be close enough to the positive thoughts of the writers of these books.. they were human and it is understood they or we might have interpreted their thoughts in these books wrong....they only wanted us to be good human being... all I want to say to my brothers and sisters from different religion and my own religion in which i was born who are not thinking but should... is that Guru Nanak was also a thinker born to HINDU parents(Father: Kalu Mehta Mother:Tripta)and also had a his sister Nanki who got married to HINDU Jai Ram .As a thinker Guru Nanak always questioned a ritual before accepting it in his behaviour or lifestyle... if those rituals or believing were justifed by thoughts of his own he believed in them and preached them...he never forced them on others... By birth he was not a Sikh neither a HINDU but rather a human as all we are. When ever a child is born GOD never gives him hair(let be facial hair or any other body hairs) , neither fabric(clothes), nor any (janaoo,kadaa,kripan,kanga,kachera,kesh,cross etc)...he distinguished his children only by their sex(male or female) which was important as they were designed to create life...create children of GOD....it is us who put (janaeo,5 k's, cross on them)....but GOD never wanted us to be any of those he only wanted us to be his children, good human beings... The Guru Granth Sahib preaches us what a good human being is what are his trates.... It tells us to believe in one GOD who has no image...who has no idols....as it would bring unity and would also kill egoism as we would be certain that their is someone who is far more superior then us... cause let it be any religion Muslimism,Sikhism,Christianity,Judaism,
Hinduism yes Hinduism
chandogya Upanishad ch.6 sec.2 v.1,it says that “ekkam evidityam” which means god is only one
shvetashvatara Upanishad ch.6 v.9,it is mentioned that “nachasya kasij janita na chadipa”-which means there are no parents of that almighty god ,he got no father no mother, no superior he is above all.he is dominant and no likeness
shvetashvatara Upanishad ch.4 v.19,”natasya pratima asti”-which means of that god there is no image
shvetashvatara Upanishad ch.4 v.20,the next verse says that “no one can see that almighty god”
In yajurveda [32:3] it is said na tasya pratima asti means it does not have any image.
In yajurveda [40:8]it is said shudhama poapvidham meaning he is without body and is the symbol of purity.
In yajurveda [40:9]it is said Andhatma pravishanti ye asambhuti mupaste meaning they get into darkness(meaning andhakaar) those who are worshiping natural things(Air,Water,Fire.etc) and the verse continues that they are entering more in darkness those who are worshiping non-natural things(created things)
Amongst the Vedas the most sacred is rigveda
Rigveda bk.1 hymn 164 v.46 that “ekkam sat viprabhav davdante” which means truth is one,god is one sages call him by various names.
Rigveda bk.8 hymn 1 v.1 that “machidadni snsad” which means worship him alone, pray him alone.
And the brahamasutra of Hinduism is “ekkam brahm dyotyanaste nahena naste kinchan” which means that there is only one god not the second one not at all, not in the least bit.
Gurugranth sahib also teaches us
Va?? Chakko: Sharing with others, helping those with less who are in need.
Kirat Karo: Earning/making a living honestly, without exploitation or fraud.
and all these are morality... which means treat others the same way in which you wanted to be treated....
I believe it is much more important to be a good human being having morality first rather then to be a extremist religious guy...
I remember an example suppose i have headache and all i need is paracetamol but there are many companies that develop the tablet using the very same ingredients...and put me into delusion of selecting which one...it would be better for me to rather get basic ingredient to make the tablet by my own as it would solve my problem...
Similarlly there are many religions telling me to be a good human being... to believe in one GOD...but i am in delusion which one to follow...so it is better i be a good human being and also believe in one that unknown energy but not giving it name GOD,BHAGWAN,ALLAH, or any other.As it is able to handle my sole purpose.
i laugh at my own community(sikhs) cause as it is said in Guru Granth Sahib no one would believe in caste-ism but at the end of the day Punjab the sikh dominant palce has three kinds of sikhs may be more(jatts,phape,labaniye)....and they call themselves true sikhs...
My sikh brother if you are trying to be sikh extremist then please follow Guru Granth Sahib properlly dont follow the wrong preaching by wrong people...
We Sikhs want a seperate country Khalistan....but please do tell me what are the chances and guarantee we would not end up like Pakistan(No offence to Pakistan's people...yes i know not all Pakistanis are bad or evil minded as there are certain muslims in every Islamic country who are against terrorrism and I respect them for that but their are certain pakistan govt Personnel that are corrupt like some that are in our country)...and we would also avoid the same incidence, casualities, which took place during the time of partitioning in 1947 against the muslims migrating to India and Indians migrating to India from Pakistan rather the incidence and casualities that happened after the murder of Indra Gandhi.
Like the innocent muslims who did not wanted particion or did not wanted to leave India there home land but had to suffer because of the act, the same is going to happen with the innocent sikhs who are agianst khalistan....who love India and the people irrespective of their religion.
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