Law that attracted me
Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.— Oscar Wilde.
Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.— Oscar Wilde.
I can absolutely tell everyone that I struggled not once but a few times to ‘let go’. After hit and miss successes in the beginning, I tried a technique which to this day has helped me to take my mind off the desire I am praying for. For those who might be confused at this point and wondering why would one let go of something one wants? It’s important to understand the concept of Let go first. Let go does NOT mean forgetting, as you might have heard from a few self- acclaimed pundits of LOA. It never works to consciously try to forget anything. It’s just not even scientifically or physiologically possible. Try it yourself to confirm. ☺ I have already written an article on Let Go (‘All it requires is focus variability to Let Go’) and can be read in conjunction with this post, which might assist to further understand the topic in hand.
After I desire for something I go through the whole process of introspection and retrospection to see if my desire is morally justified and would in fact enrich my life. Once my desire has been nurtured and it has bloomed, it’s time to let go of it till it is returned back to me by the Universe in its adult form or manifested state. In the meantime I self-impose a period of time for myself to meditate but only to thank the Universe for what I have in the absence of what I’ve desired for lately. I started with a period of a week, then eleven days and last time I prayed for 40 days only to offer my gratitude to God. The experience received has been pure bliss and quenched my sub-conscious. This technique would compel you to look deeper in to your present life and find a lot of hidden treasure that we over look and forget to be thankful for, like life itself, lives of your near and dear ones who enrich your life with their presence, your skills and capabilities which have helped to find the right job for you, every time you smile and laugh it makes you feel content, etc. etc. Small things impact life in huge ways. This practice has also coached my conscious to be patient and grow spiritually.
So, ‘Let Go’ in LOA does not mean abandoning of a thought. All it means is that you clear your conscious mind of a constant thought about the desire to prevent obsession. You must push it into your sub-conscious for safe keeping. For example, you leave your baby with your partner to be able to go to work. At work, you focus on your work to keep your job secure. Does that mean you don’t love your child because you left him at home? Or that you forgot about having a child all together? Of course not. What it means is that if you don’t work, you can’t feed the child you love, which requires to leave that child behind and shift your focus from the child to work for a few hours of the day. Similarly you need to put the desire in the safe arms of the sub-conscious while you must shift the constant focus to your current life and thank God for it. Consider this to be your job. The blessings by the Almighty are the wages that would feed your desire to grow in to adulthood. This is what Let Go means- a temporary shift of focus to positivity. Gratitude is must and mandatory to turn your dream in to reality. (Please refer to my previous post, ‘Grow your desire in to manifestation don’t let go prematurely,’ ‘ Let Go but what exactly’ and ‘Let the sub-conscious lead’.)
One has to be prepared to receive what one has desired for. The technique of ‘self-imposing a period of time strictly to thank the Universe’ has been the best way to prepare myself to let go wilfully before receiving the blessings.
You can try too. You have nothing to lose, I promise.😉🙏
This article is a synopsis of my understanding of the farmers protest in India. My target readers are mainly the non-Indians with little or no information about the Indian farmers’ movement; but if they are humanitarians this article would appeal to their conscious. However, I would also welcome those non-resident Indians and residents of India who would like a diverse perspective than what is propagated by the India’s groomed -right wing- nationalist broadcast which includes the IT cell set up by the government to abuse all opposition. I am ready for my share but one must speak what one believes in.
For a comprehensive reading of this feature it’s vital to project the subject matter against the political-socio-historical background first. Since the farmer’s agitation started from the Punjab region, I have chosen to elucidate the topic with focus on Sikh farmers from Punjab.
In my views the consolidated leadership team of the current movement is the ‘Parent of the Indian workers Revolution in the 21st century’.
Introduction : A glance at Sikh background in India-
It’s imperative to have a basic idea about who the Sikhs are first to appreciate their place in the Indian history and their leadership in the current protest.
Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanak (The first of the 10 spiritual teachers or Gurus of Sikhs) around 1500 CE. This was a new advent of socio-spiritual movement in India. (*Please also refer to my previous post, ‘Enigma of Guru Nanak’s simplicity’*). So, social reforms have always been part of Sikh philosophy and in fact, the initiated Sikhs called the Khalsa (The pure) was created by the tenth spiritual teacher, Guru Gobind Singh, to fight injustice in life when the then ruling Mughal regime was prosecuting the Hindus and converting them to Islam by force, besides other atrocities against the minorities. The fight wasn’t against the Muslims, but the dictatorial and oppressive rule. Many of the soldiers fighting alongside Guru ji were themselves Muslims. For Sikhs, oppressor is a sinner but it’s an equal sin to accept oppression. A Sikh thinks outside the four walls of his own house and endeavours to build the entire town for the greater good of humanity; hence their exemplary selfless service towards others throughout the world is part of the values embedded deep in their culture by their 10 Gurus. Free food, free medicine, free oxygen tanks, free hospital facilities for the most deprived during the current pandemic in different parts of the world are but a few examples of their magnanimity.
I was almost a novice in my knowledge about farmer’s issues in India before the 26th of November 2020. I had a very restricted information about the real problems, except that the farmers of Punjab were committing suicide due to destitution. This was enough to perturb my feelings since I am a Sikh myself and my roots go back to Punjab, even though I’ve been living in the UK for decades which is my homeland now.
I was brought up thinking that Punjab was the bread basket of India. The very fact that one would not see a Sikh beggar EVER anywhere in the World speak volumes about a sikh character. This is because of their rich heritage and culture: A Sikh rather live a short life with dignity than ask for a hand out to prolong mere survival. Sikh history is overwhelmed with examples of valour from WW1, WW2 to India’s struggle for freedom achieved in 1947. Standing at mere 1.7% approximately of India’s total population, their sacrifices mount to higher than rest of the populace combined together in comparative ratio during any war or battle fought for the nation.
Yet, against this background, I’ve witnessed the 1984 attack on the holiest of Sikh shrines, ‘The Harmandir Sahib’ which is also popularly known as ‘The Golden Temple’, one of the wonders in the world once. The attack was carried out by none other than the government of India itself using its Army ordered by the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi of the Congress party. Along with many other ulterior motives, she wished to dismantle the very foundation of Sikh identity, i.e. their self-respect, self-pride and self-sufficiency. Glad to say that she failed miserably. In time there have been diverse interpretations wrapped in political fervour and religious passion about the affairs that led to 1984’s war against own citizens. Mrs Gandhi was assassinated as a result and Sikh genocide was instigated in retaliation by the collaborated political machinery of the time. (*Please refer to my previous post on ‘ Once you’ve lived through storm, you understand the pace of wind’, for detailed view on ethnic cleansing of Sikhs in India in 1984*).
The autonomy of Punjab which was established in 1935 under the British rule was reversed with Independence of India, despite false promises to the Sikhs by the then politicians to honour the agreement on ‘Punjabi Suba’ (Province state), based on Sikh majority population in the region. Besides the broken promises by leaders like Mohan Das Gandhi, father of the free country and Pundit Nehru, the first Prime Minister post -independence, there has been series of iniquitous manipulations against this minority.
Intolerance for Sikhs by the majority Hindu masses has been carefully brewed in the political cauldron since the birth of Khalsa Sikh identity in the 17th century- The prima facie entity of initiated men with turban and un-shaven hair immediately separates them from the Hindus in looks, apart from the variability in spiritual philosophy and social perception. Even women wear turbans after initiation to Khalsa or faith in its pure form and do not shave or cut hair. In addition, the existence of Sikhs is a constant reminder to an average Hindu that it’s because of the resistance and sacrifices of the Sikhs that Hinduism was saved or the Mughals would have succeeded in converting them to Islam centuries ago. Instead of accepting their sacrifices graciously, extreme right wing ideology was engineered by the nefarious organisation called the RSS, formed in 1925, exerting all its force to prove that Sikhs are a branch of Hinduism, which has been refuted vehemently by all Sikhs to the day. The RSS or the ‘Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’ (The National Volunteer Organisation) is the largest ‘all male’ establishment formed to steer India towards becoming a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ (‘Only Hindu Nation’) and has been mother of all discrimination and communal un-rest in the country. Though the organisation claims to be non-political, it is very much active in camouflage within all the political parties, especially the current ruling BJP. The illegitimate brat born of this party has been performing a naked dance of hatred against all minorities, especially the Sikhs, in the streets of India. One fact that even the ultra- Hindu Nationalistic Psyche can’t deny is that Sikhs are the only minority who have withstood formidably against all injustices and discrimination, not only towards themselves but others too. The united Indian polity has thus tried to pull down this mighty wall to establish an absolute control required to form a Hindu dominated country rid with caste and class discriminations. This mantra has mesmerised and manipulated the easily led masses against the Sikhs for decades.
The state of Haryana was annexed in 1966 out of Punjab based on the ‘Hindi speaking’ population and a new rivalry was politically instigated between these two sibling states for decades, whether it was remapping the most fertile land of Faizabad as part of the new state or Punjab water distributed favourably to Haryana. All was aimed at stripping Punjab of its richness and self-sufficiency. The water rights of farmers in Punjab were amongst the vital issues raised even during the 1980s agitations against the central government, prior to the attack on Sikh places of worship in Punjab. See the connection? This subject needs a whole dedicated post to do justice to it but is outside the scope of present topic. Anyway, hopefully even this precis has clarified that in Sikh faith spiritualism stands in balance with socio-political life of a person and sense of justice is central to a Sikh mindset. So, there is no surprise that the current voice of farmers against the exploitation was also first raised in Punjab.
Tired of political persecutions and being considered as second class citizens in own country, the Akali Sikhs body compiled a document called, the ‘Anandpur Sahib Resolution’ in 1973, which enlisted all the just demands of the Sikhs religiously and politically, many of which reflected the rights of the farmers too. However, it’s hardly surprising that the document has never been given an honest thought by any ruling party. I even think that while Sikhs fought for the country’s freedom, their own liberation was shackled in the process. After all, despite forming 15% of the Indian Army against only a1.7% population in the country, they qualify for at least a fair treatment as equal citizens in the biggest Democracy in the World! But it’s a sham.
Farmers’ discontent in the Punjab state
Approximately, 66% of country’s populace is employed in the agricultural sector and more than 80% of the total 5.03 million hectares of Punjab’s land is owned by Sikh community. Punjab showcased the Green Revolution that started in India in the 1960s. Despite the augment in crop yield, the input costs of agriculture too kept creeping up. Small to medium status of farmers have since been struggling to maintain both ends meet. In the meantime, Indian Government, regardless of the political party, has failed to invest appropriately and support the agricultural sector. A meagre 2% of the GDP investment into the predominant agrarian society in the country is pretty pathetic policy gesture by any standard of a government. Thousands of farmers have committed suicide since the mid- 1990s but no ruling party has made appropriate provisions to sustain a farmer’s life. Once again, there is evidence of discrimination against the Sikhs even in this tragedy. Where other states of India have been acknowledged as ‘suicide affected’, the data of suicide rates from Punjab has been refuted by the government!
Instead of supporting the agriculture sector, the government came up with a cunning plan. Heads of the main corporates in India attended a meeting in 2017 with government representatives and Farmers Union leaders, where the corporates proposed to take the responsibility for the whole agricultural sector without any interference from the government, and by implication- without legal interception too. Even though the Indian constitution works on Socialistic pattern, the Modi Government is hell bent on snatching from the poor farmers and workers to make a couple of rich corporates richer. According to the senior most farmers’ leader, Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, the seeds for the present revolt were sown on the day of the meeting of 2017.
Momentum mobilised and unites the country
The Punjab farmers have been protesting long before other states realised the extent of the jeopardy. In November 2020, the Farmer’s unions in Punjab decided to call for a united action of ‘Delhi Chalo’ or ‘ Let’s march to Delhi’. This call mobilised a momentum to make the deaf government listen to the forgotten community of farmers. The echo of this call reached the neighbouring states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and then many more. Now the domino effect has started with most country united in the cumulative movement. Another interesting detail here is the fact that Haryana, an ex-rival created by polity is currently represented by a sikh farmer union leader, Mr Gurnam Singh Chadhuni, who is also part of the 32 leadership team of the current movement. This also proves the divide between people’s wishes and the political manipulation.
The Punjab farmers were the first group to have reached the borders of the capital on the 27th of November 2020 and were welcomed with water cannons, tear gas, lathi charge (truncheon-beating) by the ‘democratic governance’ in the country, which operate on the ethics of ‘By the people, for the people’ ! A shameful irony.
The agitation rose as a direct result of the three infamous anti- farming Laws which were passed dubiously by the Indian Government. The unconstitutionally passed bills are:
1. The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act.
2. The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act.
3.The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act.
According to Modi, India’s current Prime Minister, these laws are watershed for the farming community but according to the farmers themselves, these bills are a death warrant for them and their families. To understand this contrast let me reflect on the conflicting interpretations individually:
Benefits as per the Government’s propaganda:
** Farmers would get a new option to sell their produce outside the APMC (agricultural produce market committee) market, which would also give them higher freedom to sell their produce to the merchant wherever they will get a higher price.
** No license would be required to purchase agricultural produce of farmers outside the APMC mandi ( Market). In addition, those holding PAN card ( A tax paying identity card) could join this trade.
** In case of any dispute, a sub division magistrate would settle the matter within 30 days.
** Heavy penalties would be applied on those who might violate the system.
Let me now summarise the concerns of the farmers against the government’s spin, as I’ve understood :
** Under this law, mandis (markets) operating under the APMC law of the states will be abolished. Following this, the farmers will be forced to sell the crop to corporate companies at lower prices.
** Once the mandi system was abolished, Minimum Support Price too shall vanish as no one would buy crops on MSP. There is also no guarantee on MSP within these laws, except for verbal bluff by the Political leaders.
** The new laws only favour the Rich Corporates and would only benefit their profit margins, not the farmers.
** New people without license entering the trade would pose a risk of fraud and the farmers would be vulnerable to exploitation.
** With the dictatorial control over the law institutes in India, including the Supreme Court, would further jeopardise a poor farmer’s position in case of a dispute, and benefit the Corporates.
** Besides these, farmers fear losing their land and becoming ‘slaves’ to the corporates as far as The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 is concerned.
** It’s a general belief of the farmers that The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 is also in favour of big buyers.
** Open favouritism by the government towards the big Corporate sharks, especially market monopolisation by two giants, the Ambani and the Adani houses, cement the farmers’ belief and fear that this Government is setting precedence against the poor farmers and in favour of the rich businessmen, for the foreseeable future. This doesn’t just determent the current generation of farmers but their progenies too.
Punjab ignited with passion against a perpetual trend of injustice launched a peaceful agitation. A coalition of 32 farmers unions was formed and called, ‘Sanyukt Morcha’ or the United Front’. As mentioned above, Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal was unanimously nominated as their united leader.
About the Chief leader of the movement
Mr. Rajewal is originally the union leader of ‘Bhartiya Kisan Union-Rajewal’ and have been representing the farmers for over half a century. Amongst his personal acumen, he is highly educated, experienced, multi-lingual, sagacious with tactical mastery, a foresighted person and above all an honest and down to earth leader for his fellow countrymen- he openly invites people to have a debate with him or ask him any question pertaining to farmers and workers issues- Pretty impressive and total contrast to the hoodwinking politicians! He has an in-depth knowledge of farmers’ issues with a 3D view, which he shares regularly with his listeners and readers in a comprehensive manner from stage, in interviews and through written accounts. He has tied not just the diverse union leadership teams into a single organisation but has helped to influence thousands of farmers, workers, sympathisers, charity volunteers from all over the world and put the issues of the Indian farmers on the global map of recognition. No wonder he is the nemesis of the notorious ruling party led by the defamed Prime Minister, Narinder Modi. Mr Rajewal remains un-faltered, despite his health issues, like a committed commander in the battlefield. Since November 2020 eleven meetings have been held between government representative and Farmers’ United Front. But all the meetings ended with no resolution, except for shifty offers like- suspension of the bills for few years (?) or agree to unlimited amendments in the current bills to the extent of leaving an empty frame with only the title in the government files(?). Bizarre! Right? Mr Rajewal has repeatedly counter questioned as to ‘what shall happen after those few years of suspension? If everything is agreed to be erased then why keep the mere title in the official files? There has been no explanation by any government official but anyone with common sense can smell the rat. Such is the mindset of the current regime in India. Hence, the demand of the farmers is clear- ‘Repeal the 3 bills and make a law on MSP’. Farmers have called out for another meeting but in response, many conspiracies have been woven to break the protest by BJP/RSS. However, it’s impressive to see how the peaceful United Front leadership and the followers have surfed on many a violent tide created by the government and its agencies.
Mr Rajewal has repeatedly stated in his addresses to the farmers that ‘till they remain peaceful, they shall win but the moment there is violence Modi will win’. It seems that all the volunteers protesting have taken this message to heart and are guarding it with their resilience and life, literally. The only violence that has interrupted the movement has been organised and instigated by the politicians, mainly the RSS organisation with the blessing of the ruling party, of course.
It won’t be an over statement that under farmers’ united leadership, the capital city of Delhi is now surrounded by the protesters holding the fort at Singhu village in the North west of Delhi bordering the Haryana state, Ghaziabad bordering Uttar Pradesh in the East and Tikri bordering the West Delhi, along with Dhansa at the South West border and Shahjahanpur at East side of Delhi.
Challenges for the farmers:
True to its character, the BJP Government is doing all to keep the farmers out of the capital by fortification and heavy barricading around the farmers camps, including spikes erected in concrete on the roads (which is illegal but the RSS &BJP coalition is beyond the law), cutting electricity and water supplies, withholding sanitisation in the camps from time to time, and many other levels that the present governance to stoop. But they forget that the farmers are resilient and self-sufficient community. If anyone can withstand the storms of offensive aggression, it’s them.
Just a couple of examples should suffice to illustrate the abominable plans of the government machinery, including the judiciary and Police force along with its affiliated agencies and controlled media to wreck the movement and discredit the farmers’ leadership.
On the 26th of January, the Sanyukt Morcha called on all the farmers in the country to march into Delhi peacefully from all the surrounding borders to mark the Republic Day. This parade was named as the ‘Tractor Parade’ to symbolise the farming community. But on the 25th of January, the original route agreed with the leaders was altered by the Police authority due to unexplained potential security issues!!! At the same time, a group of young men under the instigation of a certain self-acclaimed youth leader, called Deep Sidhu, carried out a separate plan in cahoots with the legal polity, as per an educated notion and evidence on camera. By doing so, the group tried to discredit the farmers’ leadership team and establish their own authority. According to eye witness accounts a few Police officers themselves were seen not just facilitating a head start for the separatist group but barricading the agreed routes and deliberately misguiding the farmers on the wrong path! As a result, many farmers ended up in front of the historical Red Fort premises, before they even realised that they had separated from the main group. As if this was not enough, an innocent unsuspected farmer was encouraged by the notorious self-acclaimed leader to hang (not hoist) the sacred flag of Sikh symbol from a pole inside the fort. Though it’s not a crime in itself, this act put lives of thousands of Sikhs at risk (same as during 1984 Sikh genocide) with RSS and Modi machinery already fuelling the propaganda that Sikhs are anti-national and are demanding separate land under the guise of farmers protest. The symbolic connotation of this act was interpreted as revolt and anti-national as it’s the same fort from where the Indian PM addresses the nation every year on the 15th of August to mark country’s Independence. This distortion of truth would have served as straw for the communal spark ignited by the RSS think tank. (*Please also refer to my previous post, ‘Once you’ve lived through a storm, you understand the pace of wind’*).
When a few confused farmers recognised the culprit in the crowd, he was captured on camera fleeing from the scene. The protagonist of this foul plan was arrested after two weeks and released on bail to carry on with his ill-campaign to defame the farmers’ leaders and promote his own political ambitions!!! The National media reported the whole drama as if the farmers went rogue and their leaders had either lost control on them or they too are all terrorists and fake farmers.
The parade, which would have showcased the might of thousands of peaceful farmers in front of the world, came awfully close to a total collapse. Thanks to the sagacity of the farmers’ leadership and common sense of the public themselves which resuscitated life back in the movement. Today the protest stands much wider and taller than even before. A real kick in the teeth for RSS.
In another incident, RSS mafia attacked the farmers’ tents at Singhu border with pelting bricks and batons, injuring women, children and elderly indiscriminately, while Police was seen standing around as silent spectators on social media. The mob had come in a mish-mash guise of police and army personnel but many forgot to change their jeans and wear uniform shoes- ‘even a crook requires brain to carry out crookedness’. However, once again the enslaved national media totally eclipsed the incident in their broadcast. There is a good reason why the national media is also nick-named as ‘Godi’ media (Godi in Hindi means lap- hence by implication, the journalists report while sitting in Modi’s lap). Many of these media houses are owned by politicians. There have been many more of such incidents and accidents since. Thank God for the social media which has played a vital role in connecting people from all over the world with the movement and showing the reality from ground zero. There are journalists like Mr Malvinder Singh Mali and YT channels like ‘Sangat-Televison’, keeping the soul in the media. Many independent reporters and farmers were arrested wrongfully but the charges didn’t stand in the court of law, and they all had to be released on bail. Such challenges continue as such is the state of democracy in India today.
Achievements of the Protest so far
** Farmers have been agitating now for over 7 months. Maintaining peace and discipline with a gathering of 50,000 plus people for such a long period of time is a wonder in itself. The influencing force behind such remarkable mass-restraint and composure has to be the leadership team. The united force of the farmers has written a new chapter in the Indian history by uniting the voice of all citizens regardless of their caste, religion, creed or class. Consequently, Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, Dalits and other diversity in the country have now joined hands to sculpture this monumental peaceful protest. The agitation gets bigger and mightier as it advances forward like the tumbleweed.
Where the politicians had kept the country divided for nearly 74 years of independence, our simple and hardworking farmers have ‘united the whole country under one banner in less than seven months!’ This is true democracy. Whom Modi shamefully called ‘parasites’ during a parliamentary session have proved to be the antidote for hatred instigated by the so-called democratic system.
** Mr Rajewal’s mantra of ‘Non-violence’ and ‘peaceful protest’ has strengthened the movement tremendously, especially when this slogan has appealed to the global organisations, political and non-political. It’s because of the peaceful nature of such a massive National revolution that the movement has become talk of the global town- For example, the issues of the farmers have been discussed in the Parliament of England, labour MPs in Australia extended solidarity with the peaceful farmers, Canadian PM expressed concerns about the Indian Government mishandling the protesters. United Nation has supported the farmer’s right to protest peacefully. My daughter is member of Socialist Party in UK and they support the movement categorically. The non-resident Indians worldwide protested locally to show their solidarity with the protesters in India.
** In balance with Mr Rajewal’s peaceful methods, Mr Gurnam Singh Chadhuni plays a vital role in infusing the movement with positivity and courage. He has stirred a debate amongst the Indian masses, not just the farmers, by asking an open question- We have toppled ruling parties in the past, but that has not changed the depravity of Indian people, so just by focussing on uprooting the current Modi led BJP government would it meet people’s demands? His answer is NO and is supported by the common sense of the populace. No wonder he is rising in popularity amongs the masses who have been deprived of ‘straight talk’ for over 74 years of the so called freedom of the country. I shall write more about his vision in a separate post, to do justice to it.
** For the first time in six years, Modi Government has been exposed for what it really represents, i.e. fascism and greed. Indian Hindus are beginning to realise the myth of ‘Hindu Rashtra’ and everyone wants to live as INDIANS together in harmony now. Thanks to the farmers for this awakening in the country. Admittedly, not ‘all’ get onboard in any movement through out the world but so long that oddity remain in minority, its ok. But there is a long way still to struggle with anti-national regime still in charge.
** This protest is no longer a protest of the farmers only, but has become a collaborated movement of labourers, workers and general public because directly or indirectly everyone will be affected eventually through colonisation by the Corporates. What was a wave of Protest till yesterday has grown into a tsunami of Revolution today.
** The best way to have perturbed the deaf government to hear the workers’ concerns was by hitting them where it hurts the most, i.e. Votes. Farmers started touring the whole country, especially in the states where there were Assembly elections of 2021 being held. BJP, the ruling party suffered losses in all these areas so far. This was the direct result of farmers’ campaigns in these areas strategically. In addition, an open letter has been circulated in the country by the farmers’ leadership to educate and inform all citizens of the issues. No media support yet such long reaching approach! Bravo!
** The farmers’ leaders have made it clear in all his speeches that ‘this is not a religious protest, nor is a protest of any one state’. As a result, the whole country is united in its diversity. Farmers’ leaders have also maintained that this movement is strictly non-political and consequently, no political leader is allowed to speak from the stages at protest sites. It’s a proven fact that the whole polity in the country is corrupt one way or the other.
This point needs to be understood in juxtaposition of two view points- one, as per what Mr Rajewal is saying and also what Mr Chadhuni has stated that even though the movement remains non-political we cannot eradicate the politics woven in the issues raised by the people. Hence, without the corruption of the present state of politics, there should be a way in which even farmers who have proved their allegiance and honesty towards people’s movement should be encouraged to come forward to challenge the existing political goons. People are resonating with this balance.
This is now a ‘Jan Andolan’ (Movement of People)’. In fact, each leader of the 32 unions deserve a collective tribute. Salute to the elderly, men and women, young and children who are determined that they would go back home only after the 3 laws are repealed or they rather die at the borders fighting for their rights.
** The protest sites at all the borders are little villages of comradery. Cooking and eating ‘langar’ together (Free communal kitchen for all as started by Sikh Gurus); however langar is not just limited to partaking of food, it also means sharing anything which is needed and could include langar of tents, medicines, clothing, toiletries, beds and bedding, etc. Farmers have also built semi-permanent structures for houses to suit all weather. Volunteers maintain sanitation and general cleanliness in and around the camps, including vigil around the clock keeping themselves and their brethren safe. The free services are not just limited to the farmers but serve people of the adjacent villages at the borders and orphans from the nearby areas too. The provisions that government should have made for its deprived citizens are being served by the ‘terrorists’, ‘separatists’, ‘parasites’- even irony is embarrassed. (* Please refer to my previous post, ‘A battleground or a village of brotherhood*)
People need to acknowledge this particular unique factor- ‘Amongst more than 500 deaths of farmers on the borders none of them demised due to Covid’ in contrast to the stats in rest of the country which are alarming! Protesters are given appropriate diet and medicines. Absolute cleanliness is maintained by the farmers and volunteers in contrast to hollow propagandist slogans by the Modi party. Sikh charities around the world have also pulled together their support, in addition to generous contributions by countrymen, especially from Haryana state. Such is the utopia formed in the camps at the borders! If this doesn’t put the government of a country to shame then such leaders must be beyond redemption.
This is not just a Revolution but an awakening for the entire Nation.
Bravo all the farmers including men, women and children who have become part of this peaceful confluence. Commemorations to all the demised souls. May they rest in peace.
Everyone in the world eats food and thus can’t ignore the issues of who grows the means of human survival. ‘No farmer No food’. Rest is up to one’s conscious. May God bless the farmers and hardworking people everywhere in the world.
Various expressions have been used to express that one must ‘feel’ the desire, be ‘passionate’ about your desire, ‘recognise’ what your desire really is, and in my version- ‘become one with your desire’, etc. etc. I would like to discuss HOW to become ONE with your desire and WHY.
When I first started manifesting, I struggled for a long time. I’ve written a lot about ‘struggle’ in my previous posts, if anyone would like a reference. Anyway, I had to connect to my inner self through meditation and gradually I began to go deeper and deeper. I went through various stages of interpreting, what I thought at the time, was my contemporary desire. But at every stage, I realised that a part of me was not actually convinced with ‘this is what I really wish for myself.’ I knew I need to persevere and get in touch with my deepest level, what I realised later was my sub-conscious. It’s here that I found the technique of ‘how’ to become one with own desire. I knew when I became absolutely comfortable with my desire and actually felt the plausibility had become very strong within my own mindset. At this point visualisation evolved from mere imagination at the surface of conscious level to a live thought even without realising it. For example, at this stage you’ll suddenly realise that you’ve been seeing yourself in the situation and in the role of what you’ve desired for yourself. It happens so naturally that you don’t feel it’s a conscious effort, and slide in and out of the desirable situation and role many times a day. This is the real synchronicity than what one hears and reads about in theory form. If you desire a particular job, you’ll find enacting that role in mind as if you’re already working in that capacity or you would be looking at a model of car and saying to yourself,’ No this is not my model, but hey THAT is the one over there!’, and so on. It won’t be out of place to compare this state of mind to trance- You are detached from the conscious world around you and are rather immersed in the inner world of your own. This state doesn’t have to and in fact does not last for too long at a time. Don’t worry, no one would accuse of insanity 😉 as the whole process is very subtle- ‘You innermost secret’. 😎 There is no ‘conscious’ effort now, no ‘ deliberate’ imagination, no ‘forced’ visualisation and no ‘struggle’ to keep up your faith in yourself or the Universe itself. This all is replaced by effortless meditation, un-conscious visualisation, no wrestling with your belief and no discomfort with your desire. You experience this state while walking your dog, driving, watching tele with your family…yes, anywhere and at any time.
Now I shall share my thoughts on ‘why’ we need to achieve this stage of mindset before manifestation is even possible. It’s simple. If you suffer from headache, you’ll ask the chemist for a pain relief for your head and not anti-acid tablet. But before you go to the pharmacy, you need to experience the symptoms which guide you to decide what you need and where shall you find what you need. This is exactly how a desire rises and guides you. The real desire is understood from how you ‘feel’. I would like a car, a job or a house because…..Now, the blank after the word ‘because’ MUST be filled before deciding which drug and in what quantity you need. For example, I wish for a bigger house, but I need to ask myself one question- why? And I shall only ask for a house that fulfils my need. Hence I shall not desire a palace or a mansion. Even if I do, it’ll never manifest as it exceeds my needs and the want has grown out of greed. Hence, shall remain a ‘wishful thinking’. Most people who struggle to manifest either don’t connect with themselves at the right depth or their desire itself is un-realistic, so much so that deep down in their sub-conscious they too know that ‘it’s too good to be true’, and unfortunately it probably is. So it’s vital to desire at the same level at which you really feel it. Your inner belief and desire must be balanced together perfectly.
Please refer to other relevant posts from my blog which give further impetus to the subject matter of this article. Happy desiring and manifesting.
Offering my gratitude to all the followers of my blog, ‘ Law of Attraction Finds Me.’ I couldn’t have reached this point of journey without the feedback and encouragement by each one of you. I understand that I’ve been on this path of blogging for not very long, but my life is richer with 500 confidante, friends and like minded bloggers and readers already. It can only get better and may this caravan of hopeful optimists swell further. The journey is more exciting than the destination and with your continuing support, I shall continue on my path to spiritual growth.
Once again, please accept my humble gratitude for your participation till this point and hope we shall sail together for the rest of the voyage too. Happy manifestation to all. 🙏🙏🙏
Confidence is a positive emotion which changes the outlook of life into a ‘can do’ attitude. Belief in self, in life and in God is formed on the foundation of confidence.
Even in Law of Attraction, confidence plays ‘the’ vital role for success. It begins with confidence in the Universe or Almighty that your prayers are being heard. This is called belief. Then you need to introspect and thoroughly analyse your desire. You have to be 100% sure about what you need in life and only then you start believing in your desire. This gives you confidence that your wish shall be fulfilled. So, from the beginning to the end, LOA work on the emotion of confidence which becomes interchangeable with belief thenceforth.
Let’s take a few examples of ‘confidence’ from day to day life- ‘I feel confident to get this job’, ‘I feel confident that the constituents would vote for me’, ‘ I am confident that I will win the race’, so on and so forth. The level of confidence in any scenario of life depends on the real factors. Your expertise in the field and preparation for the job interview are the basis for your confidence to be successful. Party’s policies and campaign give a candidate the confidence to win elections. Your fitness and training give you the confidence to win the race. In other words, your investment into ‘action’ delivers confidence which forma the basis for manifestation. What I mean by Action is, studying, training, building relationship, communicating skills, etc. are all the actions that you have developed by didn’t of hard work. It’s the appropriate action which helps to build your confidence brick by brick in your success. Your action must correspond with your wish.
So far I’ve talked about what confidence is and how it’s synonym with belief and the resultant success. Now, let’s see what ‘over’ confidence looks and feels like. In one sentence, it can be summarised as, ‘ Passing your weaknesses as your strengths’. In the process, you are not only preventing yourself from developing mentally or spiritually, but also infesting yourself with negativity.
Take the same 3 statements mentioned above as example. If you just say to feel good about yourself, then it’s neither confidence nor positive- It is simply a lip service for a superficial gratification. You will NOT get a job by just saying so, a candidate will NOT win the election by merely talking about victory, an athlete WON’T win a medal by standing still on the track. This is what ‘over’ confidence is. The victorious words or hyperbole is exalting but only momentarily. It’s non-productive. The effects of over confidence are the same as that of alcohol. Like one suffers from hangover afterwards; one could slide into depression as reaction to overdose of confidence. I would like to draw the difference between absolute belief and confidence-exceed here. Absolute belief has a solid foundation of concrete actions, whereas excessive confidence is built upon shaking foundation of ego and thus, the result is rash presumptuousness. One can even tell from the body language of such a fake believer- the person would come across as being hyperactive, loving the sound of his/her own voice, arrogant, aggressive including passive aggression, dominating and wouldn’t get on with many people around them. Such behaviour normally is a result of low self-esteem which triggers lack of self- confidence but in an effort to over come it, the person might over compensate. If you over-steer, you would drive your vehicle off the path.
For example, if a child suffers from such unfortunate symptoms, the parent or both parents become obsessed with the safety of the child and display over-defensive syndrome. This is admirable but can damage the child more than protection. A child sees this as an encouragement and approval from the preferred parent, so he/she carries on with the fake superficial belief in self along with the negative behaviour that accompanies such an unfortunate mind set.
This is not an incurable condition, but the environment needs to be re-created and purged. Either such a victim of ‘confidence -over -dose’ can cure himself through introspection and meditation or the over bearing person in the victim’s life must open eyes to see the reality. Otherwise, change in perception would be impossible. A test to see if things are steering in the right direction would show more sobriety in the affected person’s behaviour, admittance of one’s failures and short comings, along with higher tolerance and congenial behaviour in general. One could still be a party animal or disco diva, without being ‘in your face’ in the name of ‘confidence’. Admitting own failure or mistake is not a weakness but needs a strong willed person to do so. You are a force to reckon with when you take a step to change your wrong to right. You don’t need to enact a public drama of your confession or actions. You are the only audience of this Act but the pleasant results in one’s personality would definitely have halo effect on others around. You might need support and training to alter your inner and outer environment, but you become un-stoppable when you invest action of will power and determination towards building a wholesome YOU. Meditation is the best action towards purging your own negativities. Meditate and deal with the inner demons and stop living in denial. No point turning one way on the roundabout of desiring and failing. No point getting more and more frustrated or becoming more and more delusional. Get rid of the carpet under which you have been brushing all your weaknesses. Once you have reinvented yourself, you wouldn’t even need anyone’s protection nor your own excuses to cover up the inner and outer negativities. Stop living in a doll’s house, the whole world is your oyster. THIS is the positive ground on which to lay the foundation of belief, in self and the Universe; and this is the right time to desire with right confidence. Invest whatever appropriate action you can within your capability and be hopeful. You don’t have to be perfect, so long you have tried sincerely to the best of your strength. You have to first stretch your arm for the Almighty Nirankar to hold your hand for rest of the way. Remember the 3 step plan- Introspection, Acceptance and Action. Good bye to the over protective people around you, good bye to the deceiving inner voices, Good bye to life of hiding in the dark. Welcome the beautiful image of self in the mirror of reality. I bet you’ll see the confident YOU.
I had an interesting conversation with my sister recently. She told me that she was going to light earthen lamp, called Diya, for nine evenings of Navratras for good luck. Navratra is a Hindu festival, where worshippers of a female deity called Durga Mata (Mata meaning mother) is observed by fasting for nine days and eating only once in the evening. Since I am a Sikh I try to keep ritualistic routine to a minimum in my spiritual journey. Although my sister too is Sikh by birth, there might be influence of Hinduism on her due living in India, just like I celebrate Christmas living in UK. However, this post is not about a discussion around how majority populace could influence the minorities where they may join in certain celebrations. I think its healthy and shows unity in diversity. Nevertheless, my only interest for the scope of this post is to reflect on the diverse meanings and psychological effects of rituals on a person and its impact on one’s spiritual growth.
Most people start their spiritual journey with some kind of ritual or the other. What could a worshipper be gaining instantly from lighting a Diya in the temple or a candle in the church? What could be the motivational factor for such an action? In my strong views, people do it to satisfy themselves. It gives them a sense of achievement and thus, fulfilment. And this creates a positive mind set within. It might be temporary but for those few moments they must feel what peace and calm would feel like.
Ritual doesn’t stop at light which one can see, it spreads to other senses too. Bells and singing hymns in places of worship can be heard. Pictures and idols of imaginative deities and gods can be touched. In sikh Gurdwaras (Sikh place of worship) there is free vegetarian food offered to every visitor, regardless of nationality, caste, colour or creed. So, now the satisfaction within is aroused by taste buds. Incense stick or rose water has no spiritual connection on its own but an atmosphere is created through its scent. Together the mixture of the five senses makes one feel complete. You are in bliss, even though it’s transitory. As a beginner you like to sense spirituality in tangible terms- see it, touch it, hear it, smell it and taste it. Incense sticks, colours, aromas are all tools to help toning your celestial health, like the gym has all various equipment to tone different parts of the body. So, performing ritual is a MUST to start the spiritual journey, in most cases. It’s equivalent of ‘Amuse-Bouche’ in the fine dining experience. Even though it’s not a complete meal nor would satisfy your hunger for long, it washes your palate and prepare the appetite for the first course. Similarly, the package of rituals might not be Nirvana in itself, but it encourages your spiritual journey. The concoction of this creates an abstract image in your mind, which, in my opinion, is the first picture of spirituality drawn inside you. Everyone paints this picture in own favourite colours and strokes. You are the artist of your own celestial being.
This is elementary stage of treading on Almighty’s path; it’s a long way ahead. So, don’t stop at this carnal level as your limit could be beyond the skies. If you spend the whole valuable life time in just lighting the candles, the divas; sing hymns to enjoy the harmony but not the meaning; seeing the pictures for their colours but not the abstract symbol and in fact going to Gurdwaras to eat langar (vegetarian curry offered in sikh temples)…well, then you would only experience short spurts of satisfaction but not peace. There is higher education too available in this school. Don’t stop at pre-nursery. You are capable of a lot more. Meditate. Meditate. Meditate.
Rest in the next blog. Please refer to earlier posts on how to meditate in the meantime.
Where we are born is as per our previous karma. But rising from poverty to riches and reverse is our destiny which we weave through our thoughts and corresponding actions.
If you are born in a rich family, you become rich by default. We’ve all heard about ‘Born with a silver spoon in the mouth’. We also call it ‘luck’. When things happen par chance and you cannot explain its occurrence, it certainly is your previous karma unless you’ve manifested a desire.
The difference between an unexplained occurrence due karma and manifestation is simple- if it’s karma then you’ll begin from the point of occurrence; and if it’s manifestation then you started from a lower level and rise to the point of occurrence. For example, son/daughter of wealthy parents would inherit a luxurious life from the very birth without any efforts but if a poor person’s child aspires to become wealthy, then he/she would have to work hard and take actions to become rich. Hence, if we are born poor we could grow rich, if we are born rich we could grow either richer. On the other hand, we could remain stagnant at the starting point. The process could work in reverse too. Someone born rich could turn to poverty with or even without efforts. Our actions could cause us huge losses but equally, our ruination could occur without an apparent reason. In both cases, it means that after a small deposit of good karmas was withdrawn and spent, we dropped to the lower level. Now new action would be required to rise again. So, our action in every scenario is vital. Someone might ask about those who are born rich and remain rich through their life, what action are they investing? A fair question and it has a simple answer- they will have material wealth, but they would never feel satisfaction. That’s why rich have greed to keep multiplying their money even beyond the point of excess. Think of a hamster on a wheel who never reaches anywhere but can’t stop running, until death puts a stop to the race. It’s not better than a curse, think about it.
With relevance to Law Of Attraction and scope of this article, I would like to insist again that the only mandatory action that we must invest to manifest our desire is to MEDITATE. Meditation is a state of mind and not necessarily the lotus position or set of physical rituals. This state of mind has to be positive and to reach the positivity we must train our thoughts. THIS training is the only action that the Universe or Akal Purakh is expecting from you. Otherwise, 9 to 5 would have churned out millionaires everywhere in the world. I have written before in detail with regard to action in previous posts.
I can tell you with conviction that this revelation has solved many of my sceptic riddles and helped me to build my belief further. I hope it might help my readers too. So what are you waiting for? Get ready to meditate to manifest your desire. It doesn’t matter if you have to start from behind, you can still win the race.
I received many messages on the recent Woman’s day and Mother’s day. The pre-formed text praised a woman in her varied roles- as a mother, as a wife, as a daughter and as a sister. It was all good but something troubled me and got me thinking. Does the description define me fully? I am so much more than a definition of a relationship. I am ME, foremost. I am a lot more than just a mother, a sister, a daughter or a wife- I AM A HUMAN BEING regardless of the relationships I forge.
Most literature and historical accounts interpret woman through her reflexion in the social mirror. Every role confines a woman within the parameters of social norms. As a daughter she is known by her father’s name and she lives by his rules. Disregarded is the fact that it’s her mother who bears her life, works hard to feed her, provide for her, offer her a shoulder in moment of distress. If not completely overlooked she is secondary to her male counterpart in the family. But she remains an un-sung hero as it’s the father’s name which becomes the daughter’s identity. A brother stands shoulder to shoulder with his father to ‘protect’ her. But from who? ‘Other men’! She grows up to get married- she has been defined her purpose in life. She bears a son, who joins his dad in time to ‘ support’ his mother. He has a sister and he vows to ‘save her honour. Family protocol or domestic dogma is observed strictly in the orthodox societies like in Asia, Africa, Middle-east. There are many devout religious belts in the western world too where a woman lives in the world made by a man, for example the neo-traditionalism of Evangelical Protestantism. Feminism is at an infant age of a few and far between level, where a miniscule number of women are retaining their maiden name even after marriage. Nevertheless, it’s the father’s name still that they cling on to as the new middle name. Time might have changed politically in some countries where single mothers can leave the box blank where a father’s name is asked. But the society doesn’t forgive her single status. Friendship, matrimony or even workplace would churn it up to the surface from time to time. There is a stigma attached to absence of a male figure in the family.
Advertisement industry was founded on objectifying women. For example, an ad for a car might show a female posing in skimpy clothes. The un-spoken bias shouts in the background. After all who would get attractive to such an image of a woman? So, who is the company aiming as its customer base? Men, of course. So, it’s the men imagined in the driving seat, even though it has been seen that almost equal numbers of women drive vehicles currently, barring a few countries and cultures. This ideology of a ‘man in the driving seat’ is the core symptom of inequality in human psychic.
Recently an Indian politician from the current ruling party, BJP, made a comment on women wearing jeans that are torn at the knee!!! His claim is that it sends a wrong message to others 😂 He perhaps means message to men. Instead of questioning or treating the sick mentality of such men, an easier way is found to blame the women. No wonder the rape cases in India are amongst the highest in the world. If it’s WHAT women wear or HOW they present themselves the reason behind their assault, then I would challenge this notion with the examples of those cases where women from orthodox and traditional societies are at even a bigger risk of attacks. No one can see an inch of flesh with many traditional dresses. Also. what about the minors and infant girls being raped? When a woman gets raped, she is molested both physically and mentally for her entire life.
The un-conscious discrimination of toys- dolls vs tanks; of colours- pink vs blue need to be consciously changed. A mother expects her daughter to learn cooking, while a boy is expected to learn DIY and other activities deemed to be macho. It’s no longer considered to be a tradition or a social concept, but a natural human phenomenon. This is so detrimental to humanity as such. What God intended and what we’ve made stand categorically apart, without us even realising it.
It’s a catch 22 situation with girls, misguided mentality is nurtured at home from childhood. A boy is brought up by giving him more freedom inside and outside the house as a common belief that a boy is more secure than a woman because he is physically stronger; while a girl is seen as a ‘weaker sex’ who requires to be saved and supported. Again, the question is – needs protection against whom? The answer is, Man. She is also discriminated against by the parents as she would get married and be known by another man’s name and ‘belong’ to another family. Who made this social law? Well, needless to say. So she is brought up with all these complex and it’s the frustration and depression due to imposed inferiority complex that a woman turns against another woman as an easy target. This strengthens the social structure against her even more. But thanks to her in-built resilience and fortitude that she has been fighting to break the shackles, even if it is one link at a time.
I cannot conclude this article without balancing it fairly. Even men are victims here. A father worrying about his daughter, a brother always expected to be more ‘giving’ as he is the man, a son has a bigger responsibility towards the family as he is the heir, etc.
Though there is progress through movements like social equality of genders and freedom of sexual orientation, etc. but in reality we haven’t even scratched the surface. In my view, more and more women need to keep their surnames- it should be up to them whether they would like a mother’s or the father’s name or perhaps both, both husband and wife need to take on each other’s surname names, it shouldn’t be an accepted norm that the bride goes to the groom’s home after marriage- living independent and looking after both sides of parents would be much more congenial to long term relationship. It’s not a matter of names, as a few readers might misread, but a huge change in the impact of it. It does happen but not near enough. At least it’s a beginning. Support it as much as the climate, as both impact environment.
I had an interesting conversation with my son today about Gratitude. He asked me if I thought it was important to be thankful in life and questioned it. I told him that it was important to be grateful for what one has currently and ‘then’ desire for how life could be even better. His opinion was intriguing. According to him thanking for what you have today is denying the tomorrow to improve. In other words, if I pray to god and say, ‘Thank you for everything you’ve given me, Lord’, I might send a message to God that he has already given me everything and that I don’t desire for anymore. It definitely could be an angle of thought for someone. This could also be true but at a much higher spiritual level, a complete Nirvana. This too could be desirous and manifestable but is achieved rarely- it is the most unique lotus in the pond of life. However, at the stage of desiring and manifesting materialism we all are within the corporeal realm. So the question of ‘I don’t desire anymore after today’ is not a plausible thought.
In this world, we are all learners, consistently learning the basic discipline of life. Desiring and manifesting are the preliminary lessons. The undercurrent of our subsequent progress lie in these chapters. Let me elucidate this theory with examples.
In my current situation, I desire my material life to blossom further to reach the ‘self-set target’ of completeness. Though I have enough to be happy with – For instance, my life, my family’s life and our health. So I remember to ‘feel’ gratitude for my current situation every day. However, Life needs more than health to enjoy the collective happiness within the family, like money. Money gives choice in life which makes living more fulfilling and stress free. Lack of choice would make life more restrictive- for example, healthier food options in a super market are dearer than tinned food which might affect health adversely, but is cheaper. Such simple everyday examples affect us all. So, money itself is not my desire but power of money is, which gives a person independence to choose. This is the reason why most of us wish for ‘more’ in life. Choice.
I might as well clarify that ‘more’ doesn’t connotate greed here. Our choice must be within the circle of morality and outside the parameter of ego. Morality guides us against asking for someone else’s share or ask to satisfy gluttony. If a desire originates from ego, then too it’s immoral- Want to show off a big house, position at work, big car to others is not progress at all. Ostentation is actually desiring for them and not for yourself. Hence, what you desire and why are both equally important.
Even when I feel the glass is half full, I would thank Nirankar. But that neither means that I can’t desire for a full glass nor that I am satisfied permanently with only half of my wish. My prayer thus would be, ‘Thank you my Lord for all you’ve blessed me with currently. My life, your gift, has potential to flourish further. So I place my desire at your feet. My happiness is your blessing.’ Even while wishing materialism, you can remain desirous of the ultimate manifestation of nothing but the eternal bliss. This wouldn’t mean you are perpetually dissatisfied, but that you are always aiming for higher. Law of Attraction is about desiring and manifesting at many different levels. One must thank for the current blessing first because it’s only from a positive state of mind that one can progress to the next level.
We need to start from our current individual stage and evolve gradually from it. Think of building a staircase for yourself. Consider each step as a desire and stepping on it as manifestation. Thank God for elevating your life with every step. The higher you want to reach, the more steps you can build. Stop once you’ve reach the height you are satisfied with. You need to learn your point of saturation as well or it would be pure greed. Feel the elation at every step and that’s equivalent to thanking the Almighty.
My son accepted this answer and hope so do any of my readers who might have the same question.
There were deafening shouts resounding from all directions. Confusion engulfed the atmosphere. Their eyes spoke louder than any word that stumbled out of their mouth. They had two daughters, one had barely entered her first teens and their only brother was in the prime of his early twenties. On that dark night, mum and dad called a family meeting. Dad spoke first, with a lump in his throat, “ Here are five knives. One for each one of us.” It felt like the air was suddenly sucked out of the room. Mum gave a reassuring nod so that Dad could continue, “You know what’s happening outside. So listen carefully. Your brother and I shall fight to the end. In case we are killed, you shall all run to the roof of the house. Make sure you don’t jump into the mob. If they follow you to the roof, then use the knife. Stab to kill.” Dad couldn’t make an eye contact, “ I am sorry, but that’ll be the only way to save your honour.” His’s tears were choking him by now. Mum held her daughters’ hands and reassured them, “ It’s better to die with dignity. It might all settle down soon. But just in case. We shall pray together. God is merciful. Alright?” Enough was said and certainly enough was heard. No one questioned, no one cried. Knives were picked without any preference. They all belonged to the same kitchen. I was one of the two sisters who slept three nights with the knife under my pillow and carried it along for four days, keeping my courage awake for the moment I might have to stab and kill myself. The prayers worked for my family but not for thousands who were beaten, raped and burnt alive! This is not a story, but truth of the darkest chapter in the history of free India, written in blood. Democracy was stripped naked and molested in the streets of the country. Sikh men and male children were burnt alive in front of their families, women and girls gang raped and then killed or left to live death. Such were the four days when the Republic burnt – from the 31st October to the 4th November in 1984. This was Sikh genocide at the hands of the mob, instigated by every political machinery in the country. Many Hindus and Muslims risked their own lives to save Sikh families, but there’s only so much they could rescue. This wasn’t Hindu vs Sikhs fight but RSS mindset ( a violent fascist organisation) vs Sikhs.
Even then the polity of Law remained a cheering audience. Be it the Police force, ruling Congress party or opposition Janata party ( renamed as BJP now), they all collaborated in this macabre of tyranny. RSS ( Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) ideology led this racist blood hunt, butchering thousands of innocent Sikhs. Even then Media remained an impotent mouthpiece of the regime. There was no social media at that time and it provided a perfect haven for the establishment to alter and invent history. Farmers were raising their issues even at that time. Since out of 1.5% of total land in the country 96% of Punjab is used for farming. Hence, Punjab’s concern was the loudest. This was becoming a problem for the Government. So a sinister plot was hatched. The then Congress leaders conceived the concept of Khalistan (separate state for Sikhs). To isolate Sikhs, political propaganda accused them of demanding a separate state of Khalistan instead of their rights as equal citizens. Farmers’ issues were shrouded in this conspiracy and the country was divided. Many books have been written on the subject since and I won’t attempt to possibly collect sea in a cup. However, I’ve merely provided a reference for better understanding of the subject matter of this post, i.e. how similar circumstances were invented on the 26th January 2021 to annihilate the farmers’ protest in India. The conspiracy of placing the barrel on a sikh shoulder to shoot unity.
The ruling party could be different but the heat is sourced by the same fire- The RSS. RSS is the right wing Hindu think tank that is intolerant of all minorities in India. But it doesn’t represent an average Hindu in the country, just uses religion as an engine for its own gains. They are violent and an anarchical group in the country. It was an RSS agent who killed Mahatma Gandhi too. BJP, the current ruling party in India is an offshoot of this organisation. RSS has been selling the dream of a Hindu (only) Nation to many naive people who have been living in the hope of this dream coming true. The truth is that it’s not an idea that has any potential to manifest ever. India has always been a country of diversity and shall remain so, even though history shows how threads of this fabric have been picked from time to time. This dream has kept the country divided, to a considerable extent. India eliminated the British Rule but the politicians adapted the formula of ‘Divide and conquer’. The controlled mobocracy still exists, playing hide and seek with the citizens. Politicians remain the major benefactors of this game , while the minorities remain on the dart board. Fortunately, people are waking up now. About time.
Generally, Hindu populace live in harmony with Sikhs, Muslims, Christians and other minorities. Hindus too have been victimised by using religion to create divisions of caste and creed amongst them. Where diversity is country’s strength, it can pose the greatest challenge as well to its integrity.
Over 60% of the total population of the country is made of farmers. Farmers or Kisans come from all castes and religions. In the current struggle, they are united against the three farming Laws which challenge not just their livelihood but threaten their very existence too. I’ve written about the laws in detail in a previous post. The united forum of the farmers and the ever swelling confluence of new joiners, is becoming a great problem for the divisive and dictatorial regime. The fear that the country is uniting prompted the establishment to hatch a plan to fragment this unification. They already had a target.
On the Republic day of India on 26th of January , a premeditated conspiracy against the Sikhs was manipulated. The protest sites of the farmers are on the three borders around Delhi where lathi charge, water -canons and tear gas drew the line of control for them. Farmers have camped in these three places since the 26th November last year. Barricades and heavy police deployment prevents the farmers to enter the capital. The farmers felt that it wasn’t fair that they missed out on celebrating the country’s Republic day. So the farmer leaders and Police agreed after much endeavour on a certain route for a peaceful tractor march. This route was changed a night before by the Police authorities. The alternative route too was accepted by the farmer leaders as there was no other choice. Admittedly, a few farmers, mainly the youth, were not happy with the changed route. The original plan enabled them to march on the Ring Road encircling Delhi, but the new route created three different routes for the three camps individually. This group of farmers became quite vocal under the instigative self- acclaimed leadership of a couple of young men. No one could tell at this stage as to how big a danger lurked behind the decision to alter the route at the eleventh hour. On the morning of 26th January, the enthusiastic youth was instigated by the Police to leave the camp more than two hours ahead of the official starting time of the march. They were deliberately guided by men in police uniform on the roads that led to Delhi via ring road. Some these farmers later explained that they felt ignored by the Government for over two months while they sat on the roads in cold and rain with their families. So they thought entering inside the capital might open the deaf ears and blind eyes of the Prime Minister and his cabinet. They were still vowed to remain peaceful. Their dire mistake was to think with heart. They seemed to have forgotten the consistent warnings by the experienced leaders about the potential infiltration of RSS agents and anti-farmer elements amongst them. As a result, their sentiments were exploited. Police barricaded the correct route and let a few tractors follow the wrong path. Not just on the ring road, but these farmers found themselves near the historic Red Fort, unintentionally. Most of these farmers were visiting Delhi for the first time and were not familiar with the map. A few people who certainly looked like farmers had already reached the spot, ahead of the few misguided farmers from the border. Who were these people? Not just them but a couple of reporters from the corporate owned television channels too were there! These corporate channels have consistently shown the farmers’ movement in a very negative light, often distorting the truth and blatantly lying. Why were they there? Did they have a prior information? Certainly raises genuine questions, in the very least. Actual account by the farmers and their leaders can be watched on many social channels regarding this.
The jury is not even out yet on ‘who’ is to be blamed except conjectures are instigating judgments. Government and its machinery is too busy pointing fingers rather than investigating. My account is strictly based on my past experience, knowledge of Indian history, understanding Indian politics, reporting by social media, accounts of independent journalists reporting from ground zero, bystanders’ video coverage on YouTube channels , the interviews of the protesting farmers and eye witnesses amongst the public. No Government representative has refuted any of these claims, but is busy populating their own conspiracies. RSS and Corporate media are working together in full swings.
Red Fort is a 17th century historical building built by Shah Jahan, a Mughal emperor. Since the country’s independence from the British Rule, on the 15th August 1947, the Prime Minister holds the ceremony of hoisting the National flag from Red Fort and address the nation. The site is tightly secured and patrolled by the police and also para military forces on any normal day. But on national days like, 26th January and 15th August, this security is intensified and enhanced many folds. Not this year, though. Why? It is a valid question which is being ignored by every politician in power currently. A big crowd of people and a few tractors were allowed to enter the premises. As if this isn’t enough, a group of people seemingly led by one particular man freely walked through the building with a crowd and encouraging a couple of individuals to hoist two flags on the empty pole which is built at a height inside the Red Fort. This man was captured on camera by independent and National media. One flag was saffron in colour with Sikh religious symbol ( Not the so called Khalistan flag as claimed by the corporate media) along with another flag bearing Farmers’ official emblem. The same man has also posted selfies and videos showing himself holding the flag later raised on the pole.
On social media the police is actually seen guiding the crowd through the path to the hoisting pole. They can be clearly seen on the camera onlooking the whole flag ceremony and rather enjoying it. Many police personnel were also seen sitting around in chairs in the lawns of the fort, while it was free for all in the building and around it. Where was the para military force? The scene is no less than a Bollywood movie set. Till this point it was an atmosphere of celebration and harmony. There was no incident of violence by the handful of people who deviated from their original route for one reason or the other. After the flag was raised, a group of farmers spotted the self- acclaimed leader and challenged him. He is then seen fleeing from the scene on a motorbike provided to him by a mysterious person appearing on the scene in a timely manner. Why some farmers followed this man and why another group of farmers were seen challenging him? You could see the two conflicting scenes on the video but can only deduce conclusions. Perhaps, some were those farmers who wanted to be heard and the others had realised that this man was key in leading them astray. The third category was the that of the ‘infiltrated’ agents. The so-called leader has been seen amongst the protesters at the Punjab-Delhi border. He was also posting daily YouTube videos criticising the Union leadership constantly. But the recognised leaders had been warning others about him and banned him from speaking from the same stage as them. They certainly knew what his intentions were. He promoted himself as the representative of the young farmers, since most leaders are elderly. This factor seem to have resonated with few young men and women. But majority has followed the agenda and instructions of the leadership.
Going back to the Red Ford, the sky changed its colour suddenly after the exit of this man. The passive police came into action. One could watch through shaking cameras of the running reporters. There was lathi charge on the crowd (lathi is a special stick given to the Policemen as part of their uniform). Mayhem kicked up the dust! People were running amok, in some scenes police was beating people and yet in another Police is seen running away from the crowd attacking them…??? Peaceful farmers turning into attackers suddenly? Doesn’t add up but was good for the government propaganda. The reporters of the so-called National media was reporting in frenzy, lashing out all sorts of names for the farmers. A group of men and women too appeared on the scene outside the Red Fort shouting anti-sikh slogans, openly promoting violence against them. Sikh religious flags were burnt in front of a Sikh temple nearby. All this planning couldn’t be on the spur of the moment. Certainly not. There is overpowering stench of sinister premeditation.
The show might have worked for those blind followers who had voted for BJP and those who rely on television anchors to help develop an opinion. Every attempt was made to create the 1984 circumstances – kill the Sikh farmers and then let the fire of hatred engulf the whole country. These circumstances would justify declaring Emergency by the government. So no protests. I’ve heard of killing two birds with a stone, but the government had its eyes on the branch with many birds. No one talked about the flag with farmers’ emblem or in fact the national flags carried by them. Many farmers were arrested on the same day but the man on the bike escaped. No one can even confirm that all the farmers inside the Red Fort were Sikhs. But because they were the predetermined targets, the Sikhs were labelled as Khalistanis, separatists and even terrorists- again. According to additional information via social media there are few pictures of the ‘flag ceremony man’ circulating where he is seen with no other than the PM himself and his Home Minister. It’s no secret that this man was also a campaign agent of a BJP candidate in the last elections. Despite that no political leader has commented upon their relation with this man. Suspicious? Oh, yes. He has been arrested today, after two weeks from Delhi! His arrest itself has opened the pandora’s box. Could the man in question be a mere pawn in the RSS game? Or he too was just another desperate farmer who tried to gain attention of the deaf and blind government? Or perhaps there is a deeper conspiracy? There are enough dots that we can connect. However, he has temporarily divided Punjab between a minority of those who believe in his innocence and majority of those who hold him guilty. There are always two conflicting opinions on any aspect of life. This is not unusual.
Thank God for the technology and social media. God bless all these reporters. People could see the truth and the intentions of the government couldn’t hide behind the PR curtain with thousand holes in it. As a result, Hindu populace didn’t react and instead showed even greater solidarity with the Sikhs. The plan back fired. Government expected to churn a storm but succeeded in only creating a few ripples.
But why such a song and dance about flying a flag on the pole inside Red Fort? The narrative is based on the fact that the Fort is part of heritage and symbol of national prestige, where only the country’s tricolour flag can be raised. Hence nation’s sentiments have been hurt, according to the rhetoric. However, the current PM has contracted out this symbol of prestige to a private company called the Dalmia Group. So, the question arises, is Red fort still a national heritage or is it a private property now? Also there is no ‘law’ against raising another flag from this spot in Red Fort, provided it’s not foreign. There is nothing preventing such an act in the Indian Constitution either. So far as ‘hurt’ is concerned, more than 150 farmers have died since the protest started but the PM has not uttered a word about these citizens. If there is no heart, then there can’t be any hurt.
Sikh flag is used to propagate that they want Khalistan under the guise of farmers’ rights. Hence it’s an act of terrorism and treason!! It’s the same religious flag that can be seen on every Sikh temple, visited by millions of Hindu devotees too- people bow to it; same sikh flag is hoisted by Sikh Regiment on the country’s borders- Government has allowed this; the PM recently tied the saffron scarf on his head with the sikh symbol while visiting a Gurdwara ( sikh temple); even during the Republic day parade this year the same sikh flag made part of the ceremonial display. When the Sikh Gurdwaras feed thousands of poor people daily, including during pandemic, this flag symbolises service to humanity; when the soldiers hoist this flag it is considered to be symbol of courage; but when hoisted in Red Fort it became symbol of terrorism? This is how forked tongue of RSS wags.
However after seeing that they had failed in their mission, government flogged the dying propaganda in a desperate effort to disrupt the protest yet again. Another attack was organised on the Punjabi farmers protesting at the Singhu border. RSS activists are always ready to serve their nefarious agenda. They dressed up as policemen with helmets and shields, except forgot to change their jeans and jumpers for uniform. Some pretended to be local residents from the surrounding areas but were later recognised from pictures being RSS activists. They claimed to be inconvenienced due to the protest site. So they shouted profanities to force the peaceful farmers out. Stones were hurled inside the temporary tents, injuring men and women indiscriminately by both, the pretend residents and the fake police. Fire bombs were dropped via helicopter over the camp. An independent reporter captured all the details in his cameras. Needless to say, he was beaten up by the police and taken away, along with many other innocent farmers. Thank the Almighty that he had uploaded the video before being arrested unlawfully. Farmers only had peace as their shield on the day and it stood them in good stead. Another possibility of rioting was avoided because the farmers didn’t retaliate. Almost every household in Punjab has son and daughter in the army. Sikhs are less than 2% of Indian population, yet make up for more than 20% of the Indian Army. So, Government is playing with fire. Sikhs are resilient and self-restrained by nature, but one should not try patience of even a saint, leave aside tolerance of a martial race. Their character shows through how the community bounced back after 1984. A consistent message by all the farmer leaders is to ‘stay peaceful for the success of the protest.’ These words have become an anthem for the protesters. But RSS has to remember that if anyone knows the real meaning of defending the oppressed against the oppressor, then look no further than the great history and track record of the Sikhs.
Besides, if we talk about history then long before the Indian National flag was even designed, Sikhs had won the battle against the Mughal Emperor Shah Alam’s forces and hoisted the same Sikh flag in Red Fort on the 11th March 1783. Then it was considered to be symbol of victory over tyranny, of justice over injustice. Sikh army ( Called the Khalsa or the Pure) has conquered Delhi 18 times by defeating the Mughal Sultanate. But they didn’t occupy Delhi even once, because the battles were fought and won to emancipate people from oppression and never to control Delhi or its denizens. So flying a sikh flag in Red Fort is nothing new but RSS can’t get over their jealousy and hatred for all those who oppose their ideology.
There also exist many videos on YouTube showing thousands of tractors that followed the officially agreed route and marched peacefully on the 26th January. These farmers were welcomed by local people, many of whom spread petals on the tractor paths, many offered them refreshments, bore slogans of solidarity and clapped in support of them. But all these scenes were deliberately avoided by the corporate cameras.
However, the Government had underestimated to what extent an average Indian has woken up recently. Farmers’ protest has showcased it. RSS’s weapon of mass destruction has been hatred but it failed to divide people this time. Thousands of farmers are protesting , regardless of their religion, cast or creed. Thanks to these men and women. Their unity not only saved the protest despite the 26th January conspiracy but also refuelled the agitation with new life.
But one thing is clear, Red Fort incident was attempted as an attack on Sikhs with the hope that the fire of hatred would spread to other parts of the country and the protest would demise on its feet. I thank the Hindu and Muslim communities who stood in support of their Sikh brothers and sisters. I thank Nirankar, the Almighty God for failing the dangerous intentions of the cruel and dictatorial regime. The Protest is blessed with zest and courage of brave farmers from all over the country. The passion is rekindled due to sagacity of people in maintaining unity in diversity. What Indian governments couldn’t achieve in seventy two years of independence, farmers agitation has achieved in 78 days. Even though dark clouds still engulf the Delhi borders, there is certainly a glimpse of silver lining . Jai Jawan Jai Kisan ( Bravo Soldier Bravo Farmer).
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