........THE SIKH AND THE TERRIBLE AURANGZEB (1675),
THE SIKH AND THE VICTORIOUS EAST INDIA COMPANY (1849),
THE SIKH AND THE BRUTAL BRITISH (1919),
THE SIKH AND THE RACIST GERMAN "ARYAN" (1944),
THE SIKH OF GURUJI AND THE "GOOD MOHAMMEDAN" AT BLOODTHIRSTY PARTITION OF PUNJAB (1947),
THE SIKH AND THE ARROGANT "WITCH" INDIRA KHANUM (1984).
What the HELL 's going on here?
In a film,** I have just seen, the scene of the long uncut hair on the head of a Sikh POW (Prisoner of War) in a German concentration camp being shorn, beside the gypsies, was terrible to watch and bear.
My blood boiled not only for the sacrilege by cocky self-righteous and arrogant Germans but also because of the extremely low social ranking of the Sikh along with Jews and gypsies who were meant for extermination.
It is revealing at times like this to see ourselves through the OTHERS’ eyes, in this case through German eyes.
In 1947 we FAILED to look at ourselves through the eyes of the bloodthirsty “momins” and had to evacuate the whole of WEST Punjab within days. No lesson could be learnt when we called that bloody PARTITION “independence”, and still call the one fragment (out of three) “India”!
In 1984 we again FAILED to see ourselves through the bloodthirsty angry eyes of Indira KHANUM (secret convert to Islam) and lost thousands of precious souls (“Guru ke Laal”) besides the irreplaceable pristine Sri Akal Takht Sahib. But if we have incorrigible morons at the helm of SIKH affairs, we shall NEVER learn a lesson from disasters, “ghaloogharas” and massacres, the lot, and NEVER see ourselves through the eyes of the OTHERS.
** German film: “CHACHO ROM- DER GUTE MENSCH”, der “HISTORISCHE FILM”, was shown on the German TV channel ZDF from 0025 till 0220 hrs (+1 hr. GMT) on 20 Oct. 2004.
It showed the Jews and the Gypsies being beaten up, driven like the cattle, and shot dead in most graphic manner.
It showed a captive Sikh soldier being shorn of his long hair. The German officer standing nearby removed all doubt about his Sikh identity when he explained to the others, “He is a Sikh who was serving in the British army. To the Sikhs their hair is sacred.”
Not only was this scene most humiliating to the Sikh prisoner of war himself, who sat motionless, resigned, in a state of shock, it also showed the social status of Sikhs (as INDIANS- I repeat, as INDIANS, that is, as a part of the decomposing, disintegrating, despicable, shameless, drifting QUAGMIRE still deceptively called “India” despite Partition.
For a fleeting moment I myself looked at the Sikh, sitting next to the gypsies and the Jews, through those victorious “Aryan” eyes of his captors. I shared their thrill of the butcher, grabbing the neck of a rabbit with one hand, pressing it down, and about to strike with a sharp sword in the other.
That would most obviously have been the thrill of the good "momins", Koran in hand, in 1675, beheading the revered Ninth Guru in broad daylight in Delhi, and that would have been the thrill of all the good "momins" in 1947, slaughtering, abducting, raping, burning and looting all over, from Rawalpindi to Multan, and going on to commit same bestialities to the Sikhs of Kashmir in October 1947.
And that must also have been a matter of great elation to Indira Gandhi and her mercenary "Eunuchs in uniform", firing guns into holy precincts of Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Has anyone seen this film? Does the SGPC have a copy? Will they get one?
THE MORAL is that the hair is to be kept where their respect and sanctity is guaranteed. We saw more instances in EAST PUNJAB during "Operation Blue Star" when Sikh lads and young men were dragged, or pulled by the hair, by “independent & democratic” India’s security forces.
At the time of the most gruesome, savage and bloody CIVIL WAR of India in 1947 when the rulers were forced to surrender one third of her territory to the ENEMY, the Sikhs were the easiest targets, since our turbans and beards were the most visible SIGNAL to the rascals in every city, town and village in WEST Punjab. to pursue, capture and torture or kill, the Sikhs.
Some, who saw the mobs at railway platforms approaching the trains, ran into toilets to cut off their hair. Others were brutally hacked to death in front of their families because of our visible symbols.
If no one mentions these details that does not mean that those events never happened or that the Sikh turban and hair are respected by the NON SIKHS at grassroots level, and in high positions, and that we are safe anywhere in the world today.
The latest onslaught, though limited, has come in the United States and France.
THE MORAL of this is: if we wish to ensure the dignity of hair and turbans, then we MUST go for KHALISTAN.
None in his senses can expect respect for the hair and turbans from those who are our ideological enemies. Will India’s President ABDUL KALAM or “Rashtra-maata” Sonia Gandhi care two hoots about the Sikhs’ hair and turbans?
Why are we kidding ourselves?
Ours is the case of the lucky ones who escaped in 1947 and 1984, now rigorously enforcing upon the others the “Rehat Maryada” of long hair and turbans without mentioning Khalistan. BOTH MUST GO TOGETHER.
Clearly we ought to be sensible and responsible to think of the safety and dignity of the Sikhs living or working in HOSTILE countries and societies, and these are too numerous on earth to mention.