The recent brutal massacre of Afghan Sikhs has twitched the hearts of the entire Sikh community. The whole world is mourning the brutal deaths of innocent Afghan Sikhs but unfortunately, due to the current circumstances, no assistance is being provided to these Sikhs in a timely fashion.
The recent massacre of Afghan Sikhs has several lessons that perhaps every Sikh needs to learn.
- Sikhs across the world want to help the Aghani Sikhs but we have to depend on other nations to provide assistance. Even the SGPC and Akal Takht Jathedars have shown they depend on India to provide any kind of assistance to the Afghani Sikhs.
It’s clear from the community’s plight that the Sikhs will continue to be a victim of racial attacks from time to time and place to place until we have a Sikh state that looks after our interests.
- Sikhs have made huge sacrifices by fighting for India’s freedom and to protect its national borders, but India will never avenge excesses on Sikhs.
No country, even Pakistan, USA or Canada, will take up the war against those who carried out this brutal massacre of Afghan Sikhs until unless the citizens of their majority religion are impacted.
- In 1947, Sikhs left their historical shrines in Pakistan. Now, unfortunately, we will have to leave our historical places behind in Afghanistan. Sikh history in Afghanistan goes back 400 years but due to the on-going conflict there, our history there is also endangered.
In the past 4 decades, Sikhs in Punjab are leaving to settle in foreign countries in mass. Sikhs need to stop getting decentralized from their roots, i.e. Punjab, otherwise they should get ready to face the same fate that Jews faced during the early decades of the 20th century.
- As there is no Sikh state that the community can depend on in these circumstances, Sikhs living worldwide need to become involved in the politics of their respective countries. We have seen what a big impact has been made by Canadian Sikhs due to them having several MPs and MPPs in the Canadian Government. The same can be said about Sikhs in UK, however, we have not been able to make the same impact in other parts of the world.
- Sikhs need to understand the spirit of Sikh philosophy which teaches us to stand by the persecuted and meek people irrespective of their religion, caste, creed or ethnicity. As we understand the struggles of other marginalized communities and stand by them, only then we can expect them to stand with us. Sikhs have shown courage in recent times by standing with Muslims protesting CAA, however, just serving langar is perhaps not enough. Sikhs need to develop other resources and infrastructure and share that for the common good of humanity.