Even as the nation celebrates its 73rd Independence day, what we must reflect upon is the question that in this diverse culture, are we truly united as one? If yes, then why is there still unrest among the Sikhs of the nation and why can’t they be a peaceful part of this nation? Why are there still the slogans of #KhalistanDay emerging from within the chants of Vande Mataram. It is important that we understand what they have been wanting and who has been feeding them with these thoughts?
WHAT FUELS THE KHALISTAN MOVEMENT
The Khalistan Movement as misinterpreted by most as a religious issue was actually a political mess fuelled by Pakistan. Pakistan has been a constant supporter of Khalistan movement and has ever since been acting as the catalyst. Pakistan helped the Sikhs in creation of an underground resistance with India, propagating the Khalistan movement. It also provided financial support to the Sikh Independence movement and strengthened its core within India. Some Pakistani military personnel even came to India and worked alongside the militants.
Over the years Pakistan has made sure that whenever there are protests or rallies against Indian Government, they have always included Sikhs in their support. Pakistan has always been taking advantage of the vulnerable minority and has been steering the global Sikh diaspora in the wrong direction.
As the Government had announced last year that it would commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji, a number of decisions were taken to facilitate pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur which is revered to be Guru Nanak’s final resting place. In view of this, it was proposed that the Kartarpur Corridor would be developed from Dera Baba Nanak to the international border. However one of the major concerns for the Indian Government remains the pro-Khalistani activities pumped by Pakistan taking place on their side of the border.The Kartarpur corridor is just a fake gimmick for Pakistan wherein it plans to re-ignite its nefarious intentions of causing a stir among Sikhs under the garb of promoting religious well being. Although the Indian Government’s focus is to celebrate this event in a grand and befitting manner at a National as well as international level, it seems as though the neighbouring country has some other plans. Their focus seems to be to get maximum Sikhs from India exposed to the separatist sentiments expressed by the Khalistani Movement during their pilgrimage, so that a lot of people may feel emboldened to give this cause a fresh impetus once they return, which could pose a serious challenge to India.
19 Aug 19/Monday Written by Madhu