Dear Editor:


There are quite a few parallels (and, of course, there are differences) between the Mughal and the present rules in India. Two of the most obvious features, Via ‘‘dynasty rule,” and the ‘“‘concentration of power’ have been discussed quite frequently for the benefit of the readers.

However, the most noteworthy, point, that is, the ‘‘identification of the people with the rulers “has been ignored almost altogether.”

During the Mughal rule the Muslims (with some notable exceptions) identified themselves with the actions of the then rulers, (as if they were serving the cause of Islam) without proper scrutiny to being just or unjust. No criticism was tolerated. The life of the non-Muslims became hellish! Everything dear to their heart became the target of imperial wrath.

Similarly, The Hindus (again with some exceptions) are making the same mistake. They are also identifying with the present day rulers in Delhi, in the same identical manner and intensity. The results have to be the same, or else how can you explain the death and injury to the Sikhs. Destruction of their homes and properties, and desecration of their temples, scriptures, symbols and whatever dear to them! Is this the way to serve one country, faith or God? Certainly not.

The contribution of Sikhism at that time was (and still is) to alert the individual to stand up for his/her rights as a divine creation a dignified human being, not to submit to tyranny, whether foreign and/or domestic, whatever the consequences of that defiance. This is something we need to pause and ponder. Working against the nature of the beast is never easy. It is even harder when power drunk.


Sincerely Yours

Hari Singh Everest

Article extracted from this publication >> March 22, 1985