Whatever your views are about the personal animosity between Bhai Ranjit Singh and Harnam Singh Dhumma, given all the circumstantial evidence, a clear picture is now emerging of the reasons why this attack took place. The key issue now is whether Harnam Singh Dhumma had any knowledge of the attack or whether some of his supporters chose independently to take the law into their own hands. The answer to this question might be revealed once all the alleged attackers have been rounded up and precise questions about how they planned the attack and procured the weapons and vehicles are answered.
We must work on the assumption that Harnam Singh Dhuma and any of his followers are innocent until proven guilty. – Dr. Gurnam Singh (UK)
Whatever the outcome, it is critical for Sikhs to apply the rule of law, as Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwala has been emphasising. We must work on the assumption that Harnam Singh Dhuma and any of his followers are innocent until proven guilty. The truth should prevail and those guilty should receive an appropriate punishment. If the law is applied fairly, efficiently and impartially, then the Punjab Government has got an excellent opportunity to restore some pride and credibility.
However, if there is a cover-up or the usual stalling tactics are deployed, then I am afraid we could end up in a very serious downward spiral towards anarchy. When people do not get justice through the courts, they either give up or seek their own remedies. When this happens democracy is the ultimate victim.
Punjab is teetering on the edge and as I have noted during my postings over the past year, the truth is that endemic corruption has resulted in unholy alliances between criminal gangs, drugs and land mafia, politicians and so called ‘Sants’. My advise to ordinary Sikhs is to see through this and stay true to the deep tenants of Sikhism which are about serving humanity, confronting oppression and tyranny and fighting for a just society and living a spiritual life to become liberated from the ego.
Dr. Gurnam Singh is an human rights activist, academic and journalist. He has been actively involved in the Sikh liberation struggle for over 30 years. Pioneering presenter of popular political Sikh TV show called Panth Time in which guests engage in topical debate.