Only the Sikhs celebrate the ally victory of the Second World War. The Hindus and Muslims supported the Axis powers: Simranjit Singh Mann.
The Tribune dated 17th May 2020.
Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann: Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that the writer Mr. Rahul Singh is a very well-known writer and an illustrious son of a great Sikh historian and writer S. Khuswant Singh. As such he should have known why Hindu India and Islamic Pakistan did not celebrate the 75th years of the end of World War-II.
Infact the Hindus under the Congress Party were fighting to rid India of the British rule. They were led by Gandhi, Nehru and Patel. The Muslims, on the other hand too wanted to rid the British from India. They had a grouse that the British had ended their Moghal Empire with the Mutiny of 1857. Therefore, both these massive populations wanted freedom and self-rule. They had no love lost for the British.
Infact the Congress Party under Gandhi and Nehru had sent out their senior leader Subahs Chandar Bose to join the Axis powers. Bose as per his mission met Hitler, Mussolini and finally Tojo of Japan, with whom he collaborated with his so-called Indian soldiers.
Mr. Rahul Singh is right that the Japanese captured the Andeman Islands where the Indian and Sikh freedom fighters lived in British captivity. Since Subahs Chandar Bose and his mentors had joined the Japanese, it is hard to explain why Bose did not have the Indian and Sikh prisoners freed as they were fighting the British Raj and so were the Japanese and Bose?
After 1947 the Hindu leadership in India and the Muslim leadership in Pakistan naturally do not want to celebrate the victory of the Allies in 1945, as both these two groups had joined the Axis powers against the Allies.
Now we come to the Sikhs who have always observed the victory of the Allies happily. The Sikhs as a separate nationality were quite perplexed as to what they could negotiate with the departing British. They stood as a minority between the two majority powers the Hindus and the Muslims. They could not go with the Muslim as they had a bloody past with them. As to the Hindus, they could not decide in favour of them as they were considered too wily and devious in character. The English political philosopher J.S. Mill had also described the Hindu character in this manner.
It is only in 1946 that the Sikhs came up with an unanimous parliamentary decision of their elected SGPC seeking an independent and sovereign state for the Sikhs between the territories of rivers Chenab and Jamana.
Since the Sikh leaders could not make up their minds, they were fluttering like a chickens with their heads chopped off. Between these wavering minds were the big learned Sikh land holders, Princes, wealthy businessmen and contractors. In their minds stuck between two uncertain majority powers, they thought it best to side with the governing British power. They thus put their whole strength in helping the war effort of the Allies. Thus they recruited as many of their kinsmen for the armed forces which fought very bravely as Mr. Rahul Singh writes. They were rewarded with agricultural lands in the newly developed canal districts of the Punjab, which helped in raising bountiful crops, dairy farming, horse rearing and other fortunes to be had from their farmlands. The Sikhs constituted 33% of the British Indian armed forces besides large recruitments in the Police service in the British colonies.
Therefore, with their fore sight the Sikhs derived the best benefits from the British Raj. Thus we Sikhs who are a minority do celebrate the War’s 75th victory day. However, the Sikhs having done great service to the British Raj were left high and dry in 1947 when the British deceived and left them with no independent and sovereign Homeland of their own. Infact when the British left they created the greatest ethnic cleansing of the Sikhs depriving them of their Punjab Homeland, cutting it in half with the drawing of the Radcliffe Line. It was as bad when under Moses the Jews had to flee.
It was a great deception and again in 1984 the British joined up with Hindu India in tandem with the Soviets in attacking the holiest Sikh place of worship, the Darbar Sahib, in which these three nuclear armed armies massacred 25 thousand Sikh pilgrims, pillaged the Toshakhana (treasury) of the Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) and stole the Sikh Reference Library carrying it away as war trophies. In 1947 we repeat in 1947, we repeat, the British are responsible for the ethnic cleansing of the Sikhs and they along with the Hindu state and the Soviets committed the memoricide of the Sikh peoples in 1984.
Our party states that Mr. Rahul Singh as a previous Sikh should have known the answer. But since he has denounced his faith and has been devoured into the omnivorous belly of Hinduism, he has left some of us, not so well read Sikhs, like us, to answer his query. We hope he will reclaim his rich heritage and don the turban.
Simranjit Singh Mann,
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar),