Now read the letter to the Editor of The Tribune written below by S Simranjit Singh Mann:
Quilla S.Harnam Singh,
District Fathegarh Sahib,
Dated-24th September 2018
The Editor, The Tribune,
Please refer to the article “Naive to ignore dangers to Punjab peace” by Mr Harcharan Bains. The author has been a long time obedient serving officer of Mr. Surjit Singh Barnala and Mr. Parkash Singh Badal. He had also wanted a job with the late Chief Minister Beant Singh.
The crux of the issue is the sacrilege committed during the period Mr. Badal was in office along with its coalition partner the BJP-RSS.
The other point is the massacre of two innocent Sikh’s Bhai Krishanbhagwan Singh and Bhai Gurjit Singh who were sitting in a peaceful protest against the sacrilege of the Sikh holy scriptures.
Suffice it to say that Justice Ranjit Singh has tackled both these issues with precision, and his report is clear, simple, analytical, surgical, with a forensic dissection and insight, all of which a judge must possess.
In a nutshell Justice Ranjit Singh has pointed out the culprits who committed the acts of sacrilege and police officers who massacred two innocent Sikh’s. He has also tapped into the telephonic details of Mr. Badal and the DGP Mr. Saini. As a judge he has laid out and given a report which any normal person with reason cannot rebut.
On the other hand Mr. Bains has said Mr. Badal is innocent. That, as per his duty and loyalty to Mr. Badal and Mr. Barnala can be understood and appreciated. But he does not touch the main issue of the crime of sacrilege and the killings of innocent Sikhs by the police. These are two important matters with which the Sikh mind has been in turmoil all these years.
Mr. Bains brings in extraneous issues like leaders of the Ilk of Mr. Badal and Tohra trying to bring in the Nelson Mandela acts of forgiveness by appointing the Truth Commission. Mandela could afford to be magnanimous after his victory, having seized all the organs of the state and giving a decree when the Blacks had become sovereign.
Mr. Bains says for the larger good of peace these leaders did not carry out any enquiries. I can assure from the historical aspect that neither Mr. Badal nor Mr. Tohra had any altruistic designs. They could be brutal and unforgiving, if given the power. They were hard politician’s and had it served their political interest they would have gone whole hog catching the guilty.
On the hand our party Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar rejected the pattern of a Truth Commission probe because the Sikhs do not hold all the organs of the state or are sovereign like the Hindu in India and the Musalman in Pakistan.
This method of a probe (Mandela) was given to these two Sardar’s by the late Kuldeep Nayyer, who was on a SGPC monthly pay.
Therefore, we must take what Mr. Bains writes with a pinch of salt as he has not addressed the main issues of sacrilege and the massacre of two innocents Sikh’s.
The Sikh’s are not ready to forgive the misdeeds of Mr. Badal and the Congress party which has committed the genocide of the Sikhs and marched armies of three nuclear armed states-Great Britain, Soviet Union and India into the Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) at Amritsar in an ingress code named Operation Bluestar of 1984.
Was it wise to exercise such brutality on the stateless Sikh people’s?
The Ranjit Singh Commission report has got nothing to do with the personalities of Mr. Parkash Singh Badal and Captain Amarinder Singh. The Sikhs want justice.
Since 1947, the Sikh’s have been crying for justice and peace. All tragedies that have occurred since then could have been averted if justice had been done by the majority Hindu state, which has held all the powers and levers of the state, the legislature, the judiciary, the executive and the fourth estate the press, which are all in the hands of the majority. Therefore, to get justice as the Bible says- it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
The people who work for the traditional Akali’s always tell us that if the Sikh’s demand justice, peace will be endangered. On the other hand if the Sikh’s had received justice, peace and tranquillity would last forever.
If Justice Ranjit Singh has stoutly informed us in his report that the Sikh’s deserve justice on three issues highlighted by the Bargari Insaaf Morcha, of which all the three demands are within the legal and constitutional structure, how will peace in the Punjab be endangered? Will it lead to turmoil and anarchy we ask Mr. Bains?
This is a riposte to what Mr. Bains has written in your newspaper. I will be grateful if my version is printed, in the whole, in the letters to the Editor column or separately as this an important matter which touches the psyche of the Sikh people’s.
Simranjit Singh Mann
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar)
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Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar)