As Punjab farmers, backed by Congress and leftist parties threatens to becoming hijacked by separatist groups like Khalistanis, selected portion of ‘liberals’ have rushed in to pitch the agitation as Hindus vs Sikhs.
‘Journalist’ Rana Ayyub on Saturday took to Twitter to issue the Right-wing nationalists of the nation above why do they experience outraged over tweets that speak on ‘Muslim-Sikh solidarity’.
Rana Ayyub imagined a so-referred to as ‘Sikh-Muslim’ unity to assert that the correct-wing, which she in essence intended as Hindus, experienced a problem with such a union. Ayyub resorting to her usual pet dog-whistling about the legendary ‘Sikh-Muslim’ unity attempted to sew and force a new narrative of a coalition of Sikhs and Muslims to consider on the majority Hindus.
In truth, the tactical understanding in between the Pakistan-sponsored Khalistani things, who seem to be to have infiltrated the farmers’ protests, and Islamists is currently being falsely depicted as some sort of ‘Sikh-Muslim unity’ which according to the remaining-liberals existed for generations now. The Islamists, who just months again burnt the nationwide capital throughout the anti-Hindu Delhi riots, have declared their help to Khalistani aspects, who have hijacked these farmers protests to more their anti-India agenda.
Persons like Rana Ayyub have now come up with ‘Sikh-Muslim’ bogey to not only check out and dissociate Sikhs from India story but also develop fault traces within the Indic communities. In the previous, the Islamists have loved a very little bit of achievement in this endeavour with the active guidance from Pakistan institution, who have missing no time to fund Sikh separatism movements from international soil.
Anyway, the newly cherished myth of ‘Sikh-Muslim’ unity pushed by the still left-liberals and Islamists is far from reality. All you will need to do is get a glimpse into the background of Sikhism. From persecution of Sikhs at the fingers of Mughal invaders in the medieval era to the condition-sponsored attacks from the Sikh local community in Islamic nations such as Afghanistan and Pakistan only proves that Sikhs and Muslims have not appreciated coherence at any position of time in any epoch.
Permit us have a search at earlier incidents which not only breaks down the myths of ‘Sikh-Muslim’ unity being propagated by the left-liberal-secular institution in the region but also elaborates on the Sikh-Muslim tensions that prevailed more than generations and the persecutions suffered by Sikh communities at the hands of Muslim invaders.
The propaganda of Sikh-Muslim unity is very little but a ‘fairy tale’
The Sikh religion dates again to the stop of the fifteenth century and was launched by Guru Nanak. Dissatisfied with both Hinduism and Islamic practises prevailing at that time, the founder of Sikhism – Guru Nanak formulated an egalitarian doctrine which transcended each faith and preached a concept of enjoy and harmony.
The advent of Sikhism in the country, even so, was not viewed favourably by the prevailing political order of the region. At the conclusion of the 15th century, Lodhi dynasty was at the helm of its powers and the conflict in between two faiths began to emerge. For the subsequent 250 several years, the Sikhs remained involved in conflict to start with with Mughals, then with the Afghan tribes and other Islamic invaders in the north.
The persecution of Sikhs started with the emergence of the Mughal empire. Perceiving the growth of the Sikhs as a danger to not only their political ambitions but also Islam, the Mughal authorities started to persecute them.
In 1606, Sikh leader Guru Arjan was executed by Mughal emperor Jahangir and imprisoned Guru Hargobind for a long time. Aurangzeb also ordered Gurdwaras to be ruined. Afterwards during the reign of Aurangzeb, Expert Tegh Bahadur was executed in Delhi less than Aurangzeb’s orders. Gurudwara Sis Ganj in Delhi is the place exactly where the beheading of Sikh Guru took spot.
The subsequent Sikh religious leaders, like Guru Gobind Singh, was compelled to continue being in a continuous point out of warfare owing to the intolerance of the Mughal Empire and other invading Muslim factions.
In the 1740s, Zakariya Khan, the Mughal governor of Lahore, offered valuable rewards for the discovery and killing of Sikhs. Throughout his rule, a sizeable monetary reward was presented for persecuting and killing, such as a bigger sum for the shipping of a Sikh cranium. The Mughal governor Zakariya Khan was also responsible for the ‘Chhota Ghallughara‘, a massacre unleashed versus the Sikh population by the Mughal Empire.
Through the raids, an approximated 7,000 Sikhs were being killed and 3,000 were being captured. Even women of all ages and children were being not spared by the Mughal army, who murdered small children and produced into garlands and tied around necks of their moms. The captives Sikhs have been marched again to Lahore, paraded in the streets and publicly beheaded. As Sikhs were numerically smaller groups, the persecution resulted in a pretty considerable decrease in the Sikh populace. The extent of hatred for Sikhs for the duration of the Mughal rule was this kind of that the plunder of Sikh households was created lawful and everyone offering shelter to Sikhs was executed.
In truth, the persecution of Sikhs by Mughals continued until the pretty conclude of their reign. It is intriguing to know that the Muslims invaders and the indigenous Sikh have fought a lot more than 130 wars in a span of two generations from the 16th to 18th century. The decline of Mughals in the 18th century and the invasion of Afghan tribes below the leadership of Ahmed Shah Abdali also brought intense misery to the Sikhs.
The Afghan–Sikh wars, the sequence of wars between the Islamic Durrani Empire and the Sikh Empire resulted in enormous brutalities on the Sikhs. Recognised as the ‘Vadda Ghallughara’ (the great holocaust), this massacre of Sikhs at the fingers of Afghan invader Ahmed Shah Abdali resulted in the killing of 10,000 to 20,000 Sikhs on a solitary working day.
Abdali attacked the Sikhs’ revered area of worship, Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) in Amritsar. He filled the sacred pond with slaughtered cows. Historians feel that this carnage grew to become a turning position, with Sikhs turning from the foreign invaders.
The persecution of Sikhs did not cease even immediately after the introduction of the British empire into India. The Mughals, however not mighty as they had been earlier, continued to inflict terror on Sikh rulers in the North-West. With their ‘divide and rule’ coverage in location, the British empire continued to pit Hindus in opposition to Muslims as effectively as Sikhs during their nearly 200 yr-rule.
Nevertheless, the partition of Indian subcontinent subsequent the withdrawal of British empire in 1947 acted as 1 of tipping issue in Sikh-Muslim relations in the nation. Ahead of leaving India, the British drew up a line dividing India and Pakistan the place a person of the major casualties were being the Sikhs who lived in Pakistan and India around the border parts, primarily Punjab.
Punjab was dwelling to the greater part of Sikh inhabitants. The partition also introduced significant terror for Sikhs as hundreds of 1000’s of Punjabis from Pakistan had been killed and millions fled to India to help save their lives. The horror unleashed against the Sikhs throughout the partition of India however haunts the collective memory of millions of folks in the country.
Islamic nations around the world continued persecution of Sikhs
Atrocities towards non-Muslims continued article-independence too. On October 22, 1947, just weeks soon after Indian independence, Pakistan-backed tribal lashkars invaded Jammu & Kashmir and plundered and raped females. Raiders attacked Gurudwaras wherever Sikhs were taking refuge and as many as two hundred of them were being killed in a working day.
This was adopted by Rajouri Massacre. Pakistan Army and Muslim tribesmen from Pakistan carried out focused killing of hundreds of Hindu and Sikh people and refugees in the Rajouri tehsil in the erstwhile princely condition of Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistani tribal raiders, alongside with the rebels and deserters, massacred just about 3,000 to 7,000 individuals Hindus and Sikhs just about every working day for far more than a 7 days. More 30,000 Hindus and Sikhs living in Rajouri have been reportedly killed, wounded or kidnapped.
Pakistan, which outlined alone as an Islamic condition and split alone from undivided India on the foundation of state religion of Islam, resorted to mass killing, raping and abducting lakhs of Sikhs shortly immediately after partition. The massacre of the Sikhs took area in Jammu, Kashmir, Punjab, Baltistan areas. The Sikh women ended up abducted, raped and taken across to Pakistan. To help you save from the wrath, the Sikhs resorted to honour killings at many sites to conserve their females from slipping into the palms of Pakistanis.
Contrary to the communal violence witnessed through Partition, killings of Hindus and Sikhs ended up condition-sponsored ethnic cleaning. The objectives of Pakistan’s invasion was not just the conquest of the territory but also was aimed at destroying non-Muslim populations much too.
Ethnic cleaning of Sikhs in Pakistan, Afghanistan in a publish-colonial era
Regrettably, the persecution of Sikhs by Muslims did not stop even following partition of Indian subcontinent. The freshly designed Islamic Republic of Pakistan ongoing its condition-sponsored ethnic cleaning of Sikhs. The remaining Sikhs, who could not cross the Pakistan border because of to different logistical concerns, have been systematically persecuted by the point out.
Prior to partition, a considerable Sikh populace was uncovered in Peshawar, Lahore, Muzaffarabad in Pakistan. The bloody partition and subsequent condition-sponsored persecution, only a handful of Sikhs stay in tiny pockets in Lahore and Nankana Sahib in Punjab.
The common discrimination and continuing assaults versus religious minorities have resulted in dwindling non-Muslim population in Islamic societies this sort of as Pakistan. There were about 2 million Sikhs dwelling in Pakistan in the course of the 1940s in Pakistan, but currently there are just 6,000-odd Sikhs who stay in Pakistan amidst the regular anxiety of abduction, rapes and forceful conversion by Islamists.
Listed here is a glimpse of atrocities carried out by Pakistanis on non-Muslims, particularly Sikhs. In 2009, the Pakistani Taliban had imposed Jizya on Non-Muslims and experienced demolished homes of 11 Sikh households were being demolished in Orakzai Agency for refusing to pay jizya ransom. In the same way, a few Sikhs have been beheaded in Khyber Agency in 2010 after they allegedly refused to change to Islam and their family members could not shell out the big Jizya ransom.
Fearing persecution, countless numbers of Sikhs had to abandon their homes and flee from tribal spots to resettled in places with bigger Sikh populations, these as Peshawar, Hassanabdal and Nankana Sahib.
In May perhaps 2018, a popular Sikh leader Charanjeet Singh was shot lifeless in Peshawar. The qualified killing of Sikhs in Pakistan has now stoked unparalleled concern amongst the community’s customers. Just recently, in 2020, scores of protesters had surrounded the Gurdwara Nankana Sahib threatening to overrun the holy site if their calls for for the launch of suspects in an alleged compelled conversion scenario were not satisfied.
In July 2020, the Islamists experienced been forcibly taken over Gurdwara Shaheed Bhai Taru Singh and transformed into a mosque to rename it.
Not just in Pakistan, the Jihadists sponsored by Pakistan have also unleashed equivalent terror versus Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir. The Islamic terrorists had massacred 35 Sikhs in the Chittisinghpora village in J&K on 20 March 2000. The terrorists experienced attacked two gurdwaras although the villagers had been celebrating the Hola Mahalla festival. They purchased Sikhs to line up in front of the gurdwaras and opened hearth. 30-6 people today were killed.
The never-ending distress of Sikhs living outdoors carries on even in Afghanistan. The Islamic terror groups such as the Taliban and Al-Qaeda have time-and-once again focused Sikhs living in Afghanistan. In 2018, a suicide bomber detonated in the centre of the jap Afghan city of Jalalabad, killing 20 people, mainly Sikhs. In 2020, suicide bombers and assailants armed with guns attacked the Gurdwara Har Rai Sahib in Kabul, Afghanistan. The terror assault on Gurudwara had taken lives of at least 25 Sikh worshippers.
The United Kingdom has viewed some situations of rigidity among Sikhs and Muslims on allegations that some Sikhs have been forced to convert to Islam. In Germany, two Muslim teens had bombed a gurdwara in the German metropolis of Essen in 2016. The two terrorists had transformed fire extinguishers into an explosive machine.
Islamists switch blind eye to the atrocities versus Sikhs, tries to weave a mythical bonding with Sikhs
The accounted background of in excess of practically 500 a long time only validates that Sikhs and Muslims never co-existed peacefully with each other. The lies of so-known as bonhomie involving Sikhs and Muslims peddled by our historians, have been advised and retold numerous instances to absolve the atrocities inflicted by Muslims on Sikhs around generations.
Even so, just like failed attempted in the past to weave another imaginary coalition of Muslims and Dalits, the ‘communal engineering’ being carried out by the liberal-secular’ establishment will eventually fail as there are inherent contradictions between these two communities, that has manifested over hundreds of years as a result of continued persecution of minority Sikhs.
The ‘liberal-secular’ ecosystem appears to be to have failed to have an understanding of the incoherence between the two faiths, just one currently being really predatory, exclusivist and proselytising and on the other hand Sikhism is founded on the ideas of equality, love and compassion.