If two of the incidents were exactly alike, one of them would be unnecessary. This is what is happening to the farmers protest in India where people are busy adding unncessary colors to the actual happening. Former Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Badal while addressing the Lok Sabha on February 9 tried peddling fake claims turning the farmers’ protests into Hindu Vs Sikh issue!
Badal was presenting her views on the Agriculture Laws and ongoing farmer protests and she was expected to put her point in the same direction. But what happened was actually offbeat. She started her speech with the mention of Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh Guru, who gave three pillars of Sikhism that are Kirt Karo, Naam Japo and Vand Chakho. That means earn by hard work, pray to God and share what you have or earn.
Up to this point, MP Badal sounded concerned about the farmers but soon after she took the turn towards attacking the central Government, making communal remarks on Hindus. Her speech soon turned towards peddling Hindu-Sikh division narrative. She claimed in parliament that Guru Tegh Bahadur protected the religion of Hindus despite of being a Non-Hindu. And Hindus owe a huge favor to others. But is it so?
Guru Tegh Bahadur was the ninth of ten Gurus who founded the Sikh religion and he was head of the followers of Sikhism from 1665 until his beheading in 1675. But he was in every inch a Hindu! 7 significant tabs to base upon-
2. The Bhat Vahi was signed by Guru Tegh Bahadur. The content of the letter is particularly striking that reveals that Guru Tegh Bahadur called himself a dvotee of Naina Devi, which does not mention Akal Purakh or Waheguru. Mata Naina Devi is one of the 52 shaktipeethas and is considered a common pilgrimage for Hindu and Sikhs.
3. In the same record, Guru Tegh Bahadur identified himself as Sodhi Khatri by Varna and Kaushish by gotra. This is exactly how the followers of orthodox Hinduism identify themselves to this date!
4. Further, the document notes that he appointed a brahmin purohit named Bhoj Raj and also ordered Sodhis of his line and all his Sikh followers to obey the aforementioned Brahmin Purohit. This practice of appointing purohits is just what is referred to by some people as "Brahmanical Hinduism"
5. This evidence, which marks Guru Tegh Bahadur as strikingly Hindu, is also corroborated by other Sikh accounts. Kavi Santokh Singh's Sri Guru Pratap Suraj Granth preserves a very rare passage which throws light on what Guru Tegh Bahadur uttered in Mughal court. When the Guru was offered the choice of Islam or dεath in the Mughal court, this is what he said
"I believe my Hindu Dharma to be most superior.
How can I abandon that which is most dear to me?
Which gives so much happiness in this world & that,
Life is nothing before honour."
6. Further, Guru Tegh Bahadur calls himself the "Guru of Hindus" and not "Guru of Sikhs". He says:
"They imprisoned me, the Guru of Hindus,
Whatever I said, they listened not"
7. Finally, the Guru's own passages preserved in Guru Granth Sahib corroborate that the Guru was every inch a Hindu. He says- "This is the blessing of Vedas and Puranas, that you may meditate in the name of Hari"
It is further interesting to note that the Golden Temple, the preeminent spiritual site of Sikhism has always been a place of veneration both for Hindus and the Sikhs.
Along with Guru Granth Sahib which resides in the Sanctorium, idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses had been placed on the bank of the sacred tank for a long time. These idols had been brought by the Brahmins who performed religious ceremonies for the incoming devotees.
It is distressing to know how MP Badal did not shy away from spewing venom for Hindus. She claimed that Sikh Gurus sacrificed their life for those who wear Janeu and Tilak.
She claimed that Sikhs have always saved Hindus and now Hindus are demeaning Sikh Gurus. In reality, no one is against the Sikhs. During his recent speech in Rajya Sabha, PM Modi also mentioned the contribution made by the Sikh community in India’s progress. Throughout the debate and media hype of the farmer protests, no anti-Sikh remarks have been made. In fact, it was certain secessionist elements among the protestors who had made anti-India and anti-Hindu remarks, peddling secessionist Khalistani sentiments that is encouraged by Pakistan.
The PM’s remarks were clear in conveying that it was not against the farmers but the few political individuals who have been hijacking the protests to ain political relevance.