If the Ladakhese proportion of recruitment is to rise why has the proportion of Sikh recruitment in the armed forces fallen to 2 percent after the Hindu state came into being in 1947? – Simranjit Singh Mānn
The Tribune Dated 30th July, 2020
Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann: Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that it appears that the author Lt. General Rajan Bakhshi and The Tribune support eugenics. If that be the case have they ever thought that during the British colonial rule of India, on the ground of eugenics the strength of the British Indian army was 33 percent of Sikh soldiery but when the Hindu Indian state came into being it was cut to a mere 2 percent.
Recently on 15th and 16th June, 2020, in a strange combat with the Communist Chinese PLA in Ladakh, our soldiers were ordered to take on without arms, the armed to the teeth PLA. Since theirs was to obey and fight, 20 of them laid down their lives. Out of the 20 causalities four were of the Sikh’s. Now the question is when the recruitment of the Sikh’s has fallen to 2 percent in the armed forces, the fact lies that out of the 20, four being Sikh’s that fell, the percentage of the of the Sikh’s that fell comes to 20 percent.
If the General and The Tribune are back to eugenics, then what do they think about the percentage of the Sikhs falling to 2 percent after the coming into being of the Hindu Indian state in 1947?
Since Lt. General Bhakshi has commanded a 14th Corp in Ladakh he must be in the knowledge that the Lahore Darbar (Sikh Empire 1799 – 1849) annexed Ladakh in 1834 and it was made an integral part of the Sikh Empire. But this very fact is hidden by the Hindu state. It has lost more ground since April this year in Ladakh, leave aside the fact that it surrendered 39,000 sq. KMs. of territory to Communist China in 1962.
The Sikh’s have a historic attachment to Kashmir which was annexed by the Lahore Darbar (Sikh Empire 1799 – 1849) in 1819 whereas it was a province of Afghanistan prior to this. As we have said that Ladakh was annexed by the Lahore Darbar (Sikh Empire 1799 – 1849) in 1834. Sadly since the birth of the Hindu state in 1947 it has failed to keep Kashmir and Ladakh in one piece.
Perhaps General Bhakshi who has served in this area would be in the best position to tell us why the Hindu state is constantly losing ground in Kashmir and Ladakh? The Tribune as it is a self proclaimed patriotic newspaper could also answer this question of ours.
However, we would support the General on his proposition of having a larger share of Ladakhese in the army. If eugenics is the ground then for the Sikh’s it would be Tweedledum and Tweedledee too.
Simranjit Singh Mānn,
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar),
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