If you want Khalistan I feel bad for you son, because it has 99 problems and a nuke ain’t the only one.
I have been attending Guru Nanak Sikh Academy for nearly 7 years now. And during my time I have faced sheer naiveness in many ways. Its what I expect in general from a school which is concentrated with people who would consider themselves as from the same religion. The atmosphere in our school in terms of ideas and openness to accepting your beliefs may not be as feasible as other ideas – is a very narrow one, which in my opinion is due to lack of interaction with people of other upbringings, beliefs and even cultures.
Again I don’t blame these people – as humans we tend to cling on to ideas and accepting some may be wrong is hard, especially when brought up with them. I’ve been through a difficult phase in my life in terms of acceptance – from where I was once considered a religious “Sikh” (lets say for now) who wanted to be baptised (take amrit), it was a difficult time when I had realised that there are people who think in a fundamentally more logical way. I was introduced to the beauty of science and exploration and since then I have built my own views on ideas on The meaning of life and also Human Intelligence. Inputs merely go in and out from our brains… but I won’t talk about that now, this post is mainly about the idea of Khalistan.
So what is Khalistan ? Quite simply a movement which proposes a divided state in which, Sikhs have their own “homeland” (I never knew we had one). I get from many people that “oh but its for anyone” we all know fundamentally this is not the original idea.
I mean lets look at the revolution “Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale” wanted, who many of these pro-Khalistan people support and look upto. He is probably responsible for fuelling the idea of Khalistan. He wanted Khalistan quite simply because society and times were changing – people were in his eyes moving away from the principles of Sikhism, i.e. cutting their hair. So he wanted the idea of Khalistan to be established which would impose the principles of Sikhism upon this state, mainly via “Rahit Maryada” – the Sikh code of conduct. Mind you this is very similar to the reasons the Taliban fight the war in Afghanistan – it is also over land and control, which is fuelled by religion (in this case Islam ofcourse) – where Sharia Law is imposed on territory taken against the will of residents. I think many Sikhs especially in Britain, look upto Jarnail Singh due to the fact he was kind-hearted, passionate and courageous – I agree, but its awfully similar to the story of Che Guevara…. inspirational but fighting for the wrong cause.
I also feel the fact that the Indian army managed to kill so many innocent civilians in “Operation Blue Star” which was at the holy Golden Temple in Amritsar also forwarded the argument for these people to have hatred and be extremely pro-Khalistan. There has been many conspiracy theories where they suggest it was done deliberately, which I can not comment on. People get caught up in “wars” like this all the time and it is extremely tragic. However I must stress again the sheer similarity between this and the war in Afghanistan – where innocent civilians are caught up in the exchanges of fire and this fuels many Muslims to ‘hate’ or demonize the US government. The same case is here, except the Indian government is being ‘hated’ or demonized by many Sikhs due to the acts of 1984. So maybe some of these pro-Khalistan Sikhs should reconsider their thoughts on the Taliban :)
Well the problems of Khalistan, How can it possibly be made? How could it survive? There are so many points that can be argued against the regime, but I’ll make a few in this post :) :
Sikhs are happy the way they are ? – Surely many Sikhs can live happy lives right now ? Surely if you follow the Sikh principles you can live in harmony, let “god” sort out any evil on this planet. Just remember Vaheguru and stop being extreme?
Its different in Britain – The Idea of Khalistan is more glorified in Britain, when a majority of Punjab are happy the way they are and they quite simply want to live their lives, the idea of Khalistan is taken more seriously and carefully there (in general). If a war involving Khalistan were to evolve – I’m pretty sure a lot of these young youths will just sit in good old safe Britain, tweeting away about how mad they are online. Maybe even going outside Downing street with cardboard signs whining to the white man to intervene, when many also supported the idea of getting the “white man” out of India. Many pro-Khalistan youngsters…. are not as committed to the regime of Khalistan as they think they are.
Being young can make you deluded – Its mainly the younger Youths who are extreme about the idea of Khalistan. Oh I’ve been there. It seems “cool”… and in general younger teenagers like the idea of rebelling against a higher power and mainly guys love to be part of some awesome overthrowing freedom fighting army.
The world can live without Khalistan Basmati - Hows the economy going to work ? I mean most people in Punjab are too busy trying to get their visas to fly out (c’mon lets be damn honest here)… they look up to the “white man”. There is no sense of determination in building their own cities and economies – ofcourse progress has been made but thats because of the rest of India. There are no ambitious plans to excel the economy of Punjab to economic galore. There is so much corruption here also umong officials, police and so on…. this must be sorted out first and can only be done with the help of the rest of India. Same goes for building an effective economy…. I mean Bhaiyas will lay down 2 bricks and run off with the flippin’ building money. This is the story of Punjab.
But focusing on Khalistan – it has no links, there is no sea around the darn place to even trade… how on earth is it going to survive. Who are they going trade their only assets (rice) with. Pakistan, India… ? Exactly. Who the hell can make an economy from scratch right now in this worlds current crisis anyway ! Countries like USA may trade ? They may choose Khalistan over India (since India hate you guys so much and are now divided there’s only one choice really), they’ll get their drones in to pick up rice so you can have enough money to feed the typical greed and corruption of people and supposedly build an economy out of what is left over…. yeah right!!
Your heading for poverty with the idea of Khalistan.
Son, the nuke would be on its way – It takes decades and lots of research to come up with nuclear capabilities ! And most of all it costs a hell of a lot of money. We can barely build a road right, let alone build flippin’ high tech facilities to carry out nuclear research. But besides even if the plans do somehow start to be carried out, by then Pakistan would probably nuke you before you can say “O teri Pehn di”…. maybe even India ? You’ll only appear on the news in other countries as Sikh extremists being nuked – USA will give full support to India or Pakistan. Maybe even USA would go Vietnam on Khalistan ? Having said that Khalistan has nothing valuable to offer to USA, maybe for the sake of a better friendship with India, who knows. And what follows would just be horrific, many Sikh lives would be ruined – mercanaries with guns would form in this sheer poverty waiting for another country to wipe them out and conquor the land.
Al Quaeda equivalent with an epic fail – This all would fuel rage in the Sikh world (a war would be inevitable), I don’t think I need to explain what I mean by similarities to Al Quaeda would start to form. Of course Al Quaeda has been fairly successful (although this war will go on for quite a while longer) … I mainly think this is due to Arab wealth. Who would Khalistan have. My main point here is; the Sikh population is fairly small – we’d be pretty much on our own and on the brink of being wiped out.
More and more corruption – There is so much corruption in what I will call “Gurdwara politics”… and some Sikhs constantly whine about them – like how if you can’t even sort out corruption at your local Gurdwara and even gain trust of these commitees… would you trust a whole Government in charge of an entire country? What is making you so sure that the government of a Khalistan wouldn’t be corrupt either ? Especially with scarce amounts of money and after a war – extreme amounts of greed will be guaranteed. It would most likely be worse than corruption among India’s politicians !
Still want Khalistan ? War is the only option – This is just obvious. If you want Khalistan there is no way around it but waging war. But how will you possibly fight such a war with such huge armies and countries behind the indian government, unless your inspired by the movie 300 ? Al Quaeda has been fairly successful on its start up due to the sheer population of Muslims in this world and also wealth & differences in attitudes/culture also contribute to this. In other words its pretty much impossible for Khalistan to even be created in the first place. Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his men was the best it was going to get, no one in today’s society would attempt such a thing and also with the fact that they failed so miserably, why would anyone?
Rethink EDL – this one is personally for Harmanjit Singh. Rethink your support for EDL because with all I’ve said they will also target extremist Sikhs… where they would be referring to pro-Kalistan supporters, people like you.
The image of Sikhs in western countries will deteriorate.
Just live your life & be happy - I’m obviously getting tired and bored now… Its midnight and I’m trying to write this in less than an hour. Look on the bright side of life.
Overall I’ve been frustrated on this matter for some time now. It makes me sick when someone in our school can just go around parading about Khalistan without thinking of the implications of it, or even thinking about it at all for that matter. I’ve posed a fair amount of points against the idea here, on why Khalistan is in essence….stupid. In general It would be nice if people would not be so stubborn about matters such as this. It drives me mad – this is what I would consider “narrow minded”.
Anyway I think since we have been unfaithful to even the origins of our supposed homeland by choosing to stay and live in Britain, we should just drop any ideas on the lines of Khalistan all together.
India has been great lets face it, progress will be made… it is a country with high potentials for the future, don’t ruin it. Support the government in general, of course there are corrupt officials – but a lot is being done in tackling corruption believe me (even David Cameron has promised to be committed to fighting corruption in India). The Indian union has achieved so much by being together.
Religion for me has been a problem too for quite a while now personally, it only causes conflict and holds progress back – we need to let go of the ideas that have been passed on for generations. It can be hard but has to be done, time has changed – we need to think for ourselves (although I don’t believe in free will either- different story). Progress needs to be made in more important areas such as science… look how much science has done for us in bettering our lives and understanding nature – what has religion done besides cause conflict and division ?
I don’t even think a majority of people have complete faith in Sikhism or religions for that matter. Time has changed and people want to do degrees which have been established by a capitalist ideology and lets say its been implemented by the “white man” – we’ve embraced a new way of life. Someone with complete faith wouldn’t care about none of these, but people now are just merely holding onto what has been inherited and what feels a part of their culture ! Culture is beautiful and we should preserve culture for as long as possible and enjoy it ! Not religion.
Don’t try and preserve Khalistan either and avoid good arguments against it, by changing what the idea actually is, such as saying it “It is a state of mind” or “Its fighting for freedom of humanity”. Same with religion, when I pose a question against a belief and one has not got a real answer for it they will try and swerve around the question to try and dodge it by thinking any old reason to back themselves up and in the process make themselves look like a complete blithering idiot. If you do not have 100% faith in something don’t claim it is your belief, simple ! Just start again and develop your beliefs again by exploring other aspects of this great universe yourself. There are so many great ideas in the conversation of science today – join in with the debate and help push humanity forward :D In the right direction.
We must look forward with an open mind and embrace what the world today has to offer !
Thank you for reading this post, I appreciate it :) & the fact that you have got this far :D
Update: Well I went to school and there was no attitude change among these people, not one of them had the balls to say they may be wrong. Instead they are now claiming the meaning of “Khalistan” has changed, when it is quite obviously a flippin’ country (even from the name)…. it means fighting for freedom and injustice now, how odd is that? You would change the definition of something you claim you don’t support and then turn its meaning into something like fighting oppression – which you are for ? Sounds weird…. it just seems these people are not ready to reply with a plausible argument and therefore have to change the meaning of a name (which is a noun) to an adverb, lol. You can use words like erm freedom fighting? revolution? justice ? But no you want to chant Khalistan like it is super cool to do so.
But anyway making a whole new country is the most logical way to fight oppression ? Run away and make a country – what planet do these people live on ? And the oppression is exaggerated to an extreme level, there is oppression across many parts of India also – they are not included in a conversation ever purely due to the fact they are not Sikh – what is someone like me getting out of it by saying this ? I was raised a Sikh and my home land is Punjab (not Khalistan) which I love… my opinion is in no way biased. But then again I’m narrow minded right ? The sad thing is many of these people who claim to be 100% for the idea were also not taking this discussion seriously and also making a mockery out of it. Even chanting Khalistan just for a laugh shows that there is no real commitment towards the regime and it is purely to build self ego and feel like a cool bad ass rebel…. “god” knows. Definitely doesn’t give the impression of someone who is oppressed and feels the “idea” (whatever Idea they have) is the way to fight the oppression.
I’ve had difficulties confronting the beliefs I’ve been brought up with, but I had to make the decision to promise myself to explore other ideas in life and be open minded and start from a very clean slate of mind – what I now see is astonishing…. yet these very people claim I am narrow minded for even writing this post – where I’ve explored aspects they would have never considered.
On a more positive note, I have had a great response from people whom don’t go to my school & they weren’t even the intended audience – I consider these opinions also very unbiased because many are just the typical person of whom I would not have expected to have taken the time to read this post ! Much appreciated :) Many shares & likes also from people in different countries, especially from India (who are also Sikh) which gives me great relief that this sheer stupidity and narrow mindedness may just be in my school mainly… there seems to be a bubble where people enforce each other’s horrendously ridiculous counter-arguments…. the bubble will burst when people will be off to places such as university to do greater things :) hopefully when approached by such opinions after university they would be more open and considerate about matters like this – also more mature and ready to learn and discuss in a logical manor :) I think it definitely will be an eye opener and a reality check for many students of GNA….. that also includes myself ! :) Really can not wait.
DISCLAIMER: Having said everything I have about religion :) I do still love Sikhism and will always be part of me in a way…. I see the aspects where it does no harm and brings people together in a sense and encourages people to do good deeds. But can this outweigh the threats of sheer stupidity ? Extremism in religion really puts me off and makes me question my respect for these religions. None the less I respect anyones belief as long as they do not state to others it is a FACT. I always say that an idea is more convincing than the other… we should continue to question things and learn with an open mind.
***I’ve written it in about an hour without planning… so there may be many mistakes – so would appreciate if anyone can correct me on areas such as grammer. It was a response to a comment Harmanjit made on instagram a few hours ago but I’ve gotten a bit carried away :p If anyone has any questions please either tweet me or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org ***