The violence in Punjab following an attack on the chief of the Dera Sach Khand and the killing of Sant Rama Nand in Vienna shows the low level of tolerance among the people. I feel sorry for those who were stranded in airports and railway stations due to the violence although they were not even remotely connected with the Vienna incident.
The top Sikh leaders should condemn the violence and instruct their followers to desist forthwith.
One fails to understand what the Dera protesters achieved by indulging in violence. While it is unlikely to have any impact on the Khalistan Zindabad Force, which has owned responsibility for the attack in Vienna, it inflicted tremendous losses on our country.
There is a rising tendency for violence among Indians. Even small incidents spark violence killing innocent people and damaging property. Destruction is done in no time but it takes years to rebuild the lost infrastructure.
G. Parashuram Rao,
The ‘upper’ caste Sikhs think that Dalits, by considering Dera chiefs their religious gurus, show disrespect to the sacred Guru Granth Sahib. But Dalits, who have been suppressed for ages — they are not even allowed into the gurdwaras and crematoriums of the ‘upper’ castes — turn towards the Deras which give them space for asserting themselves. Every big and small political group has now started eyeing the Deras for vested interests.
More than anything else, it is the political system that refuses to let casteism die. Following the Vienna attack, Dalits were provoked to the extent of venting their rage in public. They might have been wrong in destroying public property but their acts were the result of their long years of suppression.
Sikhism treats everyone, poor or rich, irrespective of the caste to which he or she belongs, equally. I am not quite convinced that the Punjab violence was the result of a clash between ‘upper’ caste and ‘lower’ caste Sikhs.
I am sure it was the handiwork of some trouble-mongers who were waiting to go berserk at the slightest provocation to achieve their selfish goals at the expense of the common man.
V. Siva Anantha Krishnan,