The Tribune 17th September 2018
Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann:
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that these are senseless murders of Lingayat’s who are a separate religious community but the Hindu Indian State has clubbed them like the Sikh’s to be a part of the Hindu religion. In the 1931 census they were reported to be an independent separate religion. In 1941 no census was held because of World War II, but when the Hindu theocratic Indian State came into being in 1947, this Hindu state in the census of 1951 notified them to be a part of the Hindu religion. Hindu bigots, the ultranationalist Hindu’s attached to the BJP-RSS began gunning them down. We do not understand why it is taking so long to arrest these scallywags and put them on trial. It is our party’s desire that they fight elections as Lingayat’s independently and not attach themselves to any Hindutva political party, least of all the Congress, CPI-CPM etc.
Simranjit Singh Mann