The Tribune 10th January 2018
Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann: Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that while speaking in the House of Parliament on the “Flag Code of India, 2002” I, as a member of Parliament then (this speech is on record of Parliament), I had stated that this so called (national flag of India) did not represent the Sikh’s as in the tricolour the saffron colour represented the Hindu’s, white the Jain’s, the chakra the Buddhist’s and the green the Muslim’s.
Moreover I added that the two Sikh representatives in the Constituent Assembly S. Bhupinder Singh Mann and S. Hukam Singh did not put their signatures to the Constitution of 1950 as the majority Hindu’s led by Gandhi, Nehru and Patel had not enshrined the promises made to them in the final draft of the Constitution of 1950. This Constitution refers to the Sikh’s to be a part of the Hindu religion. Absolute hogwash. An attempt to assimilate the Sikh religion into the omnivorous belly of Hinduism.
Therefore, I added the Sikh’s did not hold this flag sacrosanct. If now the majority Hindu’s state that this flag belongs to their nation, they are welcome to hold it in honour, be loyal and patriotic to it.
However, patriotism, nationalism, loyalty and honour are emotions, sentiments and feelings. They cannot be foisted or bought by the Hindu state through its brutal majority and the laws it makes. In other words these being emotions and sentiments and feelings, they are not physical commodities that can be bartered or exchanged with us Sikh’s to accept these sentiments and emotions of the majority Hindu’s.
Being sentiments, emotions and feelings they can only be won by a quid pro qua, meaning the Hindu state accepts the Sikh’s national anthem “Deh Shiva Bar Mohe” and the Sikh’s status of being a sui generis sovereign people or nation.
The Sikh’s do not accept this flag as their national flag. The Sikh’s have their own national flag- the Nishan Sahib. Our national language Punjabi in the Gurmukhi script. A separate culture, a separate history, a separate territory, a separate school of art and painting, a separate architecture. In a nutshell the Sikh’s are a totally different kettle of fish.
Simranjit Singh Mann (email@example.com)