Punjab burning: Sectarian violence ignited in Vienna
Dera Sachkhand followers clash with Sikhs
Punjab -- the land of the gurus -- is being subjected to violence. The primary reason behind the violence is sectarian conflict. The fire of this sectarian conflict in Punjab was ignited in a gurudwara [Sikh temple] in Vienna, Austria, when two different sects of Sikhs clashed with each other. The fire took not time to reach Punjab, India and has taken the form of an inferno, which needs to be doused soon to ensure peace in this state, region and country.
The Dear Sachkhand followers, a Sikh sect, clashed with Sikhs in a gurudwara in Vienna, which led to the death of the sect guru, leading to clashes between the two groups.
Being a Sikh, I totally reject any such idea that divides or rips apart society. If we start fighting among our own community, God save us and our country from the fire of hatred and discrimination. I wonder how such secatrian conflicts take birth. It is useless to fight for something and someone who, too, oppose the same. Sikhism, the religion Guru Nanak propounded, once gave a message of peace. It is hard to believe that today Sikhs are fighting among themselves, what to talk about with other castes and religions. Sikh gurus always propunded peace and equality and there was no place for discrimination in their dictionary. They practiced devotion to God and taught the same to their followers. Every person had the right to choose his/her religion, no matter what. But what we are being witness to today, especially episodes of violence against Dera Saccha Sauda and Dera Sachkhand and the like, only tarnish the image of this religion.
Also, as far as the issue of separate gurudwaras is concerned, I don't agree. I have never been witness to one such gurudwara that bans entry for anyone. Gurudwaras are a place where each and every person can visit, no matter to which religion, sect, caste, color, he belongs to. If there are any such gurudwaras, that is equally bad. I strongly reprobate the same.
In the name of Guru Nanak and all other nine gurus, I request the Sikh community to calm down and stop maligning the sacred name of this pure religion, which welcomes all and sundry.