Sikh’s are a part of the dispute over Ladakh and Kashmir. Kashmir was annexed by the Lahore Darbar (Sikh Empire 1799 – 1849) in 1819 and Ladakh in 1834. The Sikh delegation must sit at the table when these two territories are discussed for resolving their respective status. – Simranjit Singh Mānn
The Tribune Dated 14th October, 2020
Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann: Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that we as Sikh’s consider Ladakh as a disputed territory as it was annexed by the Lahore Darbar (Sikh Empire 1799 – 1849) in 1834. Therefore, we have stated that when any talks begin on Ladakh, the Sikh delegation must sit at the table. When Ladakh was annexed, it was never a territory of China. The Lahore Darbar (Sikh Empire 1799 – 1849) intended to march Northwards of Lahore to Skardu, and it was intended by the Darbar that the Sikh Empire would then touch China.
This plan did not fructify as the Darbar had a treaty with the British that all territories to the North of river Sutlaj belonged to the Darbar and territories South of it were British territories.
When preparations to march north from Ladakh were being made, the British got wind of it and amassed their troops on the left bank of the Sutlaj River. Thereafter, to match the British troops, Maharaja Ranjit Singh moved the Darbar force to the right bank of the Sutlaj and postponed the march of the Darbar’s troops from Ladakh, Northwards to Skardu.
Our Party has no objection if Communist China now asks Hindu India why it has changed the status of Ladakh to an Union Territory. But our Party certainly questions Communist China when it states that the Hindu state is building roads and bridges in Ladakh. This very development of simplifying the comfort of the people in this region should have begun in 1947, when the Hindu Indian state came into being. But since the Hindu’s have never had a sovereign state of their own save for the legendry state of Ayodhya, they have little experience of looking after and guarding their frontiers.
In a nutshell, our Party states that the Sikh’s must sit at the table when ever talks on Ladakh and Kashmir take place. Kashmir was annexed by the Lahore Darbar (Sikh Empire 1799 – 1849) in 1819. Earlier to this it was a province of Afghanistan. All the major super powers like Britian, Soviet Russia and now the USA have tried to establish their rule over Afghanistan but all have failed. President Donald Trump has announced that he would have all US troops from Afghanistan back home in America by Christmas this year. Perhaps a turkey awaits them. Therefore, without the Sikh’s, the Hindu state cannot pull its weight in these two territories.
Simranjit Singh Mānn,
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar),
facebook page: @sardarsimranjitsinghmann