30 Mar 2020
25, 2020, while the world was figuring out ways to battle COVID-19, suicide
bombers and assailants armed with guns attacked Gurudwara Har Rai Sahib in
Kabul, Afghanistan resulting in 26 lives lost and leaving many injured. The
terrorists are believed to be affiliates of IS.
stepped up to help the world in various crisis situations time and again. As a
child, I learnt the importance of Sewa and universal love from Guru Granth
Saheb, and like me, most Sikhs live by these principles no matter the
situation. It was therefore, disheartening and devastating when I heard about
the terror attack. However, what followed is even more distressing. As the
hashtag #AntiCAA_ProCorona started trending on Twitter, no doubt the work of IT
cells with the agenda of spreading communal hatred, I saw more and more tweets
directing hate towards the Muslim community using the Kabul attack as a weapon.
to these tweets (which I refuse to share here as I do not want them to have
even more visibility), the Muslims from India opposed CAA so that minorities
like Sikhs in Afghanistan could not come to India and then they have targeted
these Sikhs in a planned manner. The fact that one of the terrorist’s identity
has been confirmed as a Muslim man hailing from Kerala, is added to these
arguments. Further, multiple tweets with this exact same message are being
posted, “Even in your distant dreams, don’t ever think that Sikhs are different
to Hindus. They are a part of greater
Hindu identity. We share our Gurus, we share our centuries old customs and
traditions, we share the same blood. #AntiCAA_ProCorona”.
me clear up the logical fallacies in the above statements and arguments.
Muslims, but members of all communities have opposed CAA and NRC which would
adversely affect anyone who does not have documents to prove where their
parents were born or may not have their own documents- which includes anyone
who does not have these documents due to poverty, illiteracy, home births in
rural areas; transgender and queer people who have had to leave their homes;
Dalit, Bahujan, and Adivasi people who might not have access to such
documentation, and many others.
of opposing CAA is that it is inherently unconstitutional and coupled with NRC,
it can harm citizens as we have seen in the case of Assam NRC where hundreds of
people are still in detention camps or battling to prove their citizenship with
limited resources. Opposition to CAA is NOT to prevent minorities from other
countries from seeking asylum in India. Asylum must in fact be extended to all
those in need irrespective of religion, without excluding any
conspiracy theory that Indian Muslims have conspired to attack Sikhs in Kabul
is baseless. Terrorists are terrorists. Due to the actions of a few, an entire
community cannot be branded as terrorists. It is 2020 and I cannot believe we
still need to clarify this!
As for the
argument that Sikhs are a part of Hinduism- solidarity is appreciated, but
erasure of our identity is not. Sikhs are entirely different from Hindus. We
are not a part of the Hindu identity. Sikhism rejects caste, customs, and Hindu
traditions like fasting, janeu (holy thread worn by Brahmins), and worship of
idols. We do not share Gurus. Hindus are our brothers, yes, but our identity is
separate and we do not want to be used for Anti-Muslim propaganda.
concerted efforts to promote communal hate by the propaganda producing
machinery needs to be brought to its knees, and if anyone can do it, we can.
All over India, Muslims have been sending messages of love to Sikhs and have
condemned the terror attack on the Gurudwara in Kabul.
women of #ShaheenBaghs all over India, strongly condemn the brutal terrorist
attack on the Gurudwara in Kabul. We stand in strong solidarity with our #Sikh
sisters and brothers who have been a shining beacon of hope in hard times
across country, race, caste and creed.
7:12 PM -
Mar 27, 2020
Sikhs, Muslims, and Hindus alike, to be the voices of reason that need to be
heard at this juncture. The world is teetering on the threshold of permanent
change. Once we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, these battles to preserve love
and harmony will become even more important. I refuse to let communal hate
poison the new world we are desperately trying to build. Sikhs will oppose and
refuse, always, to have anything to do with spreading hate.
gearing up to protect ourselves from a country-wide health crisis that is
affecting the poor and disenfranchised with disproportionate severity. As we
buckle up for the implications of the nationwide lockdown, I call upon my
fellow Sikhs to continue their irreplaceable service and spread the message of
harmony even as we grieve the attack in Kabul. This is the time for solidarity
and service. This is the time for the Sewa sentiment of the Sikhs to be adopted
by all. This is no time for spreading hate, and there will never be a time for
it in the future either. We will make sure of it.
Headline: Kabul Gurudwara Attack being used to stir Anti-Muslim sentiment
Source: The Sabrang India