The Tribune Dated 08th August 2017
Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann: The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that Khushwant Singh was a great writer whose History of the Sikhs will always be a guide to any serious scholar to gain knowledge about the Sikhs, their religion, culture, tradition, politics and history. This is his magnum opus. Khushwant Singh came from a very good Sikh family. His father was knighted by George VI. He like other Sikhs faced ethnic cleansing from what is now the Punjab of Pakistan. He had an independent mind but was forced by the same mind to remain in the good books of the regime of the day, whether British and later the Hindu state. That is why he accepted the Emergency of Indra Gandhi and became a supplicant to authority.
However, when the Hindu state sent in its army along with the British and Soviet troops Khushwant Singh gave up his honours, gained from the Hindu state.
When it came to the question of Khalistan, he opposed it and said it would only come about on his dead body.
Khalistan is also an intellectual question. This is so because the Sikhs who fell martyrs for the cause and demand of an independent India, did so as they wanted the sub-continent to be rid of British rule and see self rule by the Indians. Jinnah of the Muslim league and Gandhi and Nehru of the Hindu majority Congress party felt otherwise and cheated, when the opportunity came, they opted for their respective communal and religious states, Pakistan for the Muslims and India for the Hindus.
Now if we say that Khushwant Singh was an intellect then he should not have rejected the concept of Khalistan, like Gandhi and Nehru both intellectuals did not reject a majority Hindu state which presently forms THIS (Theocratic Hindu Indian State) and Jinnah did not reject an Islamic Pakistan, he too being an intellect.
The splitting of India into two communal states Hindu and Islamic went against the grain for which the Sikhs martyred themselves. Gandhi, Nehru and Jinnah cheated this mandate for expelling the British.
Similarly Captain Amrinder Singh, presently the Chief Minister of Punjab who has written books on military history, if he is to be known as an intellect should not reject the idea and concept of Khalistan, independent and sovereign to be a buffer state between three inimical nuclear armed states- Islamic Pakistan, Communist China and THIS (Theocratic Hindu Indian State).
Captain Amrinder Singh in 1994 swore before the Akal Takhat that he stands for such a Sikh state.
Therefore, the issue of Khalistan is not a demand of hillbillies but an intellectual demand just like Gandhi and Nehru’s present THIS and Jinnah’s Islamic Pakistan. It is a physical and intellectual weakness of the Sikh gentry and intellectuals to scorn and take this cause lightly. We do hope the well read Sikhs would realize what they are doing when they reject the demand of Khalistan out of fear or economic harm.
If the three separate and equal classes before the British regime found representation equally that being the Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims for their respective destinies after the collapse of the British Empire then if the Hindus and Muslims got their share of the cake and the Sikhs did not, it is equally right constitutionally and morally for the Sikhs to ask for their share of the cake. Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
These are all the Sikh leaders, all intellects swearing by Khalisatn in the Amritsar Declaration of 1994. On the left seated is the then Akal Takhat Jathedar Bhai Manjit Singh. In the background is the Akal Takhat Sahib. The persons taking the oath from left above are Captain Amrinder Singh, Surjit Singh Barnala, Simranjit Singh Mann, Lt. Col. Bala, Manjit Singh brother of martyr Bhai Amrik Singh, Jagdev Singh Talwandi and Gurcharan Singh Tohra. Therefore seeking Khalistan is a honourable intellects ideology and demand.
Simranjit Singh Mann,