Sikhs are a segment of people having different variants of Sanatan Dharm or Hinduism. Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanak as a principle, however, Guru Govind Singh made it a clan fighting for the motherland and self-respect. During the Islamic invasion, Hindus and Sikhs had got many problems with the foreigners who wanted to destroy the practices as well as the culture of the native by converting them to Islam. To fight against this forceful conversion, Hindus were fighting with the limited resources they had so as to protect their self-respect, culture, and dharma. Guru Govind Singh after seeing the bravery converted Sikhs into the Khalsa group and inherit Singh as their title. Earlier, his father Guru Tej Bahadur was murdered by Aurangzeb because of the same reason and he was formally installed as Guru at the age of 9.
After introducing Khalsa, Guru Govind Singh started training Sikhs for the fight against the Islamic barbarians who came to India with a motive to loot property and convert people. All such fights were done by a common intention and with the collision of Hindu and Sikh forces. During a fight, two of the sons of Guru Govind Singh who were still minor were killed while in another battle, the other two were taken captive. The two minor children of Guru Govind Singh were asked to convert to Islam so to safeguard their life. However, the children of Guru Govind Singh showed extreme bravery and refused to get converted and were executed by burying them alive.
This year, the Uttar Pradesh government under Yogi Adityanath remembered the great sacrifice of the sons of Guru Govind Singh who are known as Sahibzade by wearing a Sikh Turban. This is an important thing as Yogi Adityanath is the Mahant of Gorakhnath Math which disallows him to wear clothes or band of any other religion. But since Sikhism is a part of Hinduism, no bar in wearing the pagdi as mandated by Guru Govind Singh through 5Ks. Yogi Adityanath not only attended Gurbani Kirtan but also announced the inclusion of the history of Gurus as well as their sacrifices in the school syllabus of Uttar Pradesh. Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his respects at the Rakabganj Gurdwara a day after the death anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur.
The way few forces on the name of farm protests are trying to divide Hindus and Sikhs, these steps of Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath to show their respect towards Sikhism and to invoke the sense of inclusiveness shows their seriousness towards the goal of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha which talks about Akhand Bharat. At a time when external forces are working to divide the nation in the name of religion, steps like this will definitely increase unity and integrity. Sikhs have never been different or away from Hinduism. Hinduism being a very broad aspect have allowed all kind of views to flourish within itself resulting in various sects coexisting including Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Arya Samaj, Lingayat, etc. Breaking India forces must remember that Muslims chose to stay in India and were allowed to live here at a time when Muslims partitioned India in the name of Islam. So, there is no way Sikhs could face any sort of difficulty in a nation where they enjoy equal status and respect.
Author: Adv. Shashank Shekhar Jha
Legal Editor, GoaChronicle.com