A glorious editorial of The Tribune, which as Sikh’s we welcome. – Simranjit Singh Mānn
The Tribune Dated 4th August, 2020
Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann: Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that as a member of the minority, we in our party have after 1984, breathed a sigh of relief that The Tribune which we read with pride, from which we have gained information and knowledge, prepared for our tough examinations and could with reason converse rationally at social and family gatherings, this very newspaper has proved that by writing this editorial, we can now begin to read it with our inner satisfaction.
About the foundation laying ceremony and the construction of Ram Mandir we had it coming as all political leaders including the Congress party supported it. If late Premier Narsimaha Rao who had sworn that he would uphold the Constitution, he in 1992 could have dispatched the Union paramilitary forces to stop the Rath Yatra of right wing Hindutva leaders like LK Advani. Before that in 1989 to win the elections late Premier Rajiv Gandhi also had the locks opened. Now his daughter Ms. Priyanka Gandhi has also welcomed the foundation stone laying ceremony.
We wonder when the Ram Mandir was not there, whether the Hindu worshipers had stopped taking the name of Lord Ram? With the construction of the Mandir will all the ills of the worshipers disappear?
Sadly in 1984 all the forces which have welcomed the foundation stone laying ceremony supported Operation Bluestar when Indira Gandhi sent in the armed forces of Britain, the Soviets and her own to battle the stateless Sikh’s. That day was a sad day for the Sikh’s as it is a sad day for the Muslim’s today.
Can the Hindu Indian state afford to split its citizens on religious grounds as the Hindu religion has itself split its society on the lines of the caste system?
If Lord Ram was alive in the hearts of the Hindu’s all these past centuries, will the construction of the Temple lead the Communist Chinese to withdraw from the original territory of Ladakh which was annexed by the Lahore Darbar (Sikh Empire 1799 – 1849) in 1834. Will it bring an end to scuffles on the LOC? Will it end the Kashmiri’s being shot in extra judicial murders by the security forces? Will justice flow from the Supreme Court which gave a verdict in favour of the construction of the Ram Mandir?
Will the Sikh’s forget and forgive the majoritarians for the crimes of genocide, memoricide, vandalism and ethnocide that have been committed since 1947 with impunity?
Will the paramilitary forces be withdrawn from the states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Jharkhand and Bihar who are battling their own indigenous Tribal’s or aborigines? Or will the Naga’s forgive the betrayal of Premier Modi for not keeping his word in the long stretch of talks he engaged them in?
After the demolition of the Babri Masjid what will be the next target of the forces of Hindutva? Will it be Kashi or Mathura or the Taj Mahal?
Will the Gurudwara’s destroyed by the forces of Hindutva in Haridwar, Jagennath Puri and Srinagar be handed over to the Sikh’s?
We welcome the impartial editorial of The Tribune written yesterday on 4th August, 2020, despite the pressure of the forces of Hindutva and we hope this newspaper will remain sturdy and steadfast in its functioning, representing all the peoples who live in the Indian sub-continent.
Simranjit Singh Mānn,
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar),
facebook page: @sardarsimranjitsinghmann