The Tribune dated 02nd May 2019
Comments of Simranjit Singh Mann:
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that we do not understand the terminology and meaning of the word “national”. Hence we also do not understand what an anti-national is?.
To us Sikhs we have always believed and maintained that we Sikhs are a nation apart from other nations. Our Guru’s created a separate nation when Guru Nanak ordained that the Sikhs are neither Hindus nor Muslims. That should put at rest, any doubt about our nationalism.
At this period of history, though the Sikhs are a nation but we are stateless. We have all the attributes of a nation and nationality as we have a separate religion, language, script, form of art and painting, architecture, history, territory, way of thinking and thought.
The constitution of Hindu India was not signed by the two Sikhs Bhupinder Singh Mann and Hukum Singh who represented the Sikh nation in the constituent assembly that framed the continuation of 1950.
The Sikhs during the British Indian Empire put forward their nations claim for a separate, independent and sovereign state of their own just like Hindus sought their separate state of India and the Muslims the state of Pakistan. The latter two gained separate homelands for themselves but the Sikhs were left high and dried, deceived by the British as in the Anglo- Sikh treaty of 1849 the Sikhs were assured by the British that when Maharaja Dalip Singh becomes a major, sovereignty would be restored to the Lahore Darbar (Sikh Empire). However, the British did not keep their Treaty promise and did not restore the sovereignty of the Sikh state. This means that the Sikh sovereignty lay in suspension from 1849 to 1947. Therefore it was binding on the British to restore Sikh sovereignty in 1947 when they dissolved their Empire, as Sikh sovereignty has never been abrogated or annulled.
The fact that the Sikhs representatives to the constituent assembly that framed the constitution of 1950 did not put their signatures to the Hindu-Indian constitution of 1950, the Sikh sovereignty has never been dissolved as the Sikhs to this day are fighting democratically and peacefully for the sovereignty of their separate and independent state, which would be a buffer between three nuclear armed states, these being Islamic Pakistan, Communist China and Hindu India. This is the only way in which peace and tranquility can be maintained in South Asia.
Therefore, a people can only be a nation but never anti-national as the Hindu Indian state wishes to divide people. Since 1983 the Hindu Indian press, newspapers such as The Tribune, The Indian Express, Times of India and Hindustan Times have been using abusive terms for Sikhs and continuously refer to Sikhs as-terrorists, extremists, radicals and hardliners. For long we Sikhs have been suffering such abuse by the majority Hindu’s. We want the world and free media to take note of the abuse we face and read daily in our lives.
Simranjit Singh Mann,