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Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann:

The Tribune 5th September 2017

Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that it is beyond our party’s understanding how the Supreme Court and the Centre will sort out the SYL issue outside the internationally settled riparian principle and law. Even the Hindu constitution does not allow its settlement bypassing the riparian principle and law.

The Supreme Court and the Centre would be entering an unchartered territory where even angels would fear to tread.

The best and wisest way to settle this imbroglio is to have the Punjab Reorganisation act of 1966 re-examined by the Supreme Court in which case the territory of Punjab state would have to encompass the Punjabi speaking areas of Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, whereby these new and legitimate Punjabi speaking territories would come within the fold of the enlarged Punjab riparian state principle.

Other than this, any decision of the Supreme Court and the Centre would be ultra vires the constitution and open to causing a rebellion. With China and Pakistan busy collecting their wares on the borders; from the Hindu point of stability for their newly found state in 1947 we think it would be like digging one’s own grave. There are many examples in history where fanatic, racist and theocratic states have dug themselves in, to be for gotten and lost.

Simranjit Singh Mann


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