***** SHAHEED BHAI DILAVAR SINGH BABBAR PART 1 ***** Part 1 - If I don’t sing in the memory of Shaheed Singhs
Then their souls will be upset’ – Bhai Dilavar Singh Babbar
Since the partition of India in 1947, The Indian Government has famously been known for its state terrorism against religious and ethnic minorities. In the case of the Sikh Community, it has been quite apparent in the way this state terrorism has been implemented.
The Sikh fight for their way of life has been suppressed by the Indian Government, despite the fact that the outcome of partition would allow the Sikh community to have their own land to call home. These broken promises by the Indian state ultimately led to a resistance through political and later on the resort to arms in order to protect the Sikh way of life which was being threatened.
The Indian Government has used and still today is promoting a very anti-Sikh message not just within Punjab but the whole of India. It has implemented a hate campaign not only against religious minorities living within India, but also the Sikh faith. Early on after partition, the Sikh community saw government instigation through sponsored organisations such as the RSS. The RSS stands for the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat. Their goals were based on Sikh teachings but twisted with the teachings of Hinduism.
The Indian Government focused on attacking the Sikh religion by instilling Hindu beliefs into the Religion to show and promote a sense of feeling that Sikhism was a branch of Hinduism and that “every Hindu was a Sikh, and every Sikh was a Hindu. We are all one. Some grow hair some don’t.” These exact words were spoken by Raju Bahiya the new leader of the RSS at that time.
This propaganda to misinform and educate those about the Sikh faith in a negative way became very more public and confrontational, which was seen in the 1978 Sikh Massacre which took place at Amritsar.