(Credit – Alok Nirantar)
The American Sikh Council (ASC) continues to fully support the ‘farmers of all religions’ who have been protesting peacefully for more than one year on the outskirts of New Delhi, the capital of India.
The phenomenal collective Sikh leadership to lead and keep the planet’s largest, longest lasting peaceful, non-violent protest intact is in itself an awesome act of defiance. The leadership shown by the thirty plus Sikh Farm Unions by holding this Farmers Protest and rallying every other farmer from a myriad of religious traditions and making it truly a People Protest is incredible. This fantastic Sikh leadership is in fact out in the open for all to see, especially those Indians who have always denigrated the Sikhs for poor leadership.
On Nov 19, 2021 the Indian leader Modi announced the repeal of the illegally enacted Farm Laws of his own doing, while conning his countrymen into thinking that he has now backed out of an intelligently thought-out gift. The harsh truth is that all Indian farmers have simply got back to the status quo, a position prior to enacting these highly misguided and deviously illegal laws. So, there have been no favors given to the poor citizen farmers of that country, rather the millions of Indians protesting and especially all the farmers who have wasted their hard-earned honest earnings, all spent over a year on the highways sitting idle while their fields lie fallow, taking them further into a death spiraling debt.
The millions of hardworking farmers and farm laborers need to remember, that they are dealing with a very vindictive opponent and any relief is going to come at a steep price in the very near future, so they cannot afford to take any chances, unless and until there is an ironclad law passed in order to protect their collective interests.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, Bharatiya Kisan Union, All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee and other leading Farm Union fronts should not in any shape or form stop the peaceful protest until every demand is met not just in writing, but the actual detailed (new) Farm Laws as per the demands of the Farm leaders are fully passed by both houses of the Indian parliament.
PM Modi must apologize to all Sikhs for insulting the 10th Sikh Prophet-Enlightener Guru Gobind Singhji. First, Modi stated in his speech that the revered Sikh Guru Gobind Singhji asked a favor from a (Hindu) ‘Devi’! Second, Modi stated that the Sikh anthem is ‘Dey Shiva Par Mohay…..’! Let it be crystal clear that firstly, Guru Gobind Singhji was never a follower of any Hindu ‘Devi or Devta’ and secondly, the ‘Dey Shiva Par Mohay’ is absolutely not the Sikh national anthem and neither do Sikhs believe or follow it, as this is an extrapolation from the heretical text of ‘Bachittar Natak’ which is being purposely posited onto the Sikhs by political forces in order to co-opt Sikh theology into the quagmire of Brahminical-Hinduism.
The American Sikh Council (ASC) reiterates that the Farm Union leaders and all the protestors should remain steadfast in their legitimate demands till every last bit of detail is not only written to their satisfaction but passed through legislation and made into law. We congratulate all the people for their dynamic leadership and heroism in making history, while inspiring not only people across the globe but inspiring many generations.