The Hindu state should only purchase weapons from France once it lifts its ban on the Sikh’s wearing their traditional head gear – the Turban. – Simranjit Singh Mānn
The Tribune Dated 10th September, 2020
Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann: Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that no doubt that the Rafale fighter jet of France is a good weapon of war though it lacks the ability to be a stealth war plane.
Our Party has always said that the Swedish fighter jet Saab JAS 39 Gripen would suit the Indian sub-continent better as Swedish arms are manufactured with an eye on Russian manufactured weapons, against which the Swedish weapons can compete with.
In our sub – continent the Hindu Indian state does not have any jet war plane to compete with the Sukhoi Su 35 or the J- 20 which are both stealth war planes and can compete with the American F- 22 and F – 35.
Since the Sikh’s live in the Hindu Indian state, it should have been the duty of the Hindu Union BJP – RSS Government to buy weapons like Submarines and fighter jets from France only if France had lifted its ban on the wearing of the Sikh traditional head gear- the Turban.
Through this statement we want to register our resentment that the Hindu Indian state does not respect the Sikh’s or their religion, though the Hindu Indian state is aware that this is one of the grievances of the Sikh people.
The French state says it does not allow any religious symbol to be worn in their state. But the Sikh argument is that wearing the neck tie signifies the crucification of Jesus Christ. The neck tie is worn by all French bureaucrats, Parliamentarians, military officers and Businessmen. If this is a fact then wearing of the Sikh head gear the Turban should also fall in the category of wearing a neck tie.
We also ask the Governments of France and the Hindu Indian state that if Sikh soldiers could liberate France from German occupation, once in World War I and again in World War II with the wearing of their traditional head gear the Turban, then why put this stringent rule that the wearing of a Turban by a Sikh is a religious symbol ?
After the triumph of World War II, we have pictures of French women showing their appreciation for the Sikh soldiers, with their head gear the Turban marching down the Champs-Élysées and kissing them on their bearded cheeks. Apart from this during the rule of the Lahore Darbar (Sikh Empire 1799 – 1849) the Darbar signed a treaty with Emperor Louis Philippe I of France and subsequently the Sikh’s have had very good relations with the French.
We ask the French that in the Indian sub- continent we have two religious entities ruling in India, one being the Hindu’s of India and the others being Muslims of Pakistan. Do any of these two entities have such a historic relationship with France as the Sikh’s?
After this the French could have a relook on the question of the traditional head gear of the Sikh’s, the wearing of a Turban. The Chairman of the Shriomani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Party in France Sardar Chain Singh could meet the French Government in Paris to clarify the question of the Sikh’s wearing their traditional head gear, the Turban.
Simranjit Singh Mānn,
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar),
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