December 18, 2023 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar— The Jathedar of the Akal Takhat Giani Raghbir Singh led the jatha of Dal Khalsa activists to perform Ardas at Akal Takhat to mark two years since the egregious sacrilege attempt that deeply wounded the Sikh community. Today’s prayer event symbolizes our collective resilience and on-going quest for justice, said the Jathedar.
This prayer event at Akal Takht Sahib is not only a remembrance but also a unified call for strength and perseverance, said the jathedar.
As devout Sikhs, we implore Akal Purakh to reveal the identities and intentions of those behind the sacrilege and to provide divine strength to our future generations in their pursuit of justice.
After performing Ardas, the activists staged a peaceful sit-in outside Golden Temple complex for one hour to register their protest against Government’s utter failure to establish the identity of the perpetrator and unearth the deep conspiracy behind it. They questioned credibility and effectiveness of police investigation and intelligence. Holding placards they termed the sacrilege as State sponsored stealthy attack on Guru Granth and Guru Panth.
The incident on December 18, 2021, where a miscreant -an alleged operative of India’s deep state mechanism, desecrated the sanctum sanctorum of Darbar Sahib, was not just an unparalleled act of sacrilege but a blatant attempt to challenge and demean the Sikh community, said Dal Khalsa president Harpal Singh Cheema and spokesman Paramjit Singh Mand.
The deliberate and calculated nature of this act, along with recent extrajudicial killings of Sikh leaders in Canada, the placing of the release of Sikh political prisoners’ order of 2019 on the back burner, suggests a concerted covert attempt to attack and undermine the Sikh community on all fronts at every level, claims Cheema.
Another leader Kanwar Pal Singh said despite the alarming evidence and the Punjab Police’s access to advanced biometric technologies, the identity of the accused remains a mystery, raising serious questions about the effectiveness of the investigation, intelligence and potentially pointing towards a deeper conspiracy.
The lack of progress in the investigation and the heightened targeting of Sikhs post the farmers’ movement indicate a possible collusion of various powerful entities, including elements of India’s deep state and Hindutva ideologues inimical to Sikh values and rights, he added.
Explaining the secretive nature of the “deep state”, party young spokesman Paramjit Singh Mand said it consists of a secretive power structure and a parallel system of governance comprising the political leadership, bureaucracy and the secret cells of the police, paramilitary, military and intelligence network with unquestionable powers and unaudited budgets.
Such a network exists in all governments across the world, he said and added that but Dal Khalsa believes that after the attack on Darbar Sahib in June 1984, there is a Shadow Network persisting across governments -irrespective of the political party in power, which indulges in conspiracies to pursue a defined anti-Sikh agenda locally and globally.
Luckily for the Sikhs, recent developments across the world including US indictment and USCIRF asking State Department to designate India a country of particular concern have laid bare these nefarious designs. Dal Khalsa called for the Sikh community to question the scope and strength of such forces, said former head H S Dhami. Another feature which lends credence to this is the transition of India from the much-touted largest democracy in the world to an authoritarian majoritarian state, he added.
Dal Khalsa calls upon the authorities to recognize the gravity of these incidents and to take immediate, effective actions to ensure justice and prevent future occurrences.
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