Protest in Sector 17 against the communal violence in Delhi
25.02.20 - Team PT
Protest in Sector 17 against the communal violence in Delhi



Citizens of Chandigarh staging a vociferous protest in Sector 17 against the communal violence in Delhi, and demanding action against goons attacking and killing citizens.
 

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KARTARPUR SAHIB CORRIDOR STATEMENT
DGP Dinkar Gupta's "regret" is meaningless, damage he did to the Sikh community is unfathomable: Bir Devinder Singh
24.02.20 - Team PT
DGP Dinkar Gupta's



Senior Akali Dal (Taksali) leader Bir Devinder Singh today said Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta's expression of regret after his irresponsible and notorious statements against the Sikh community was not only meaningless but even more troubling since he has already exposed the line of thinking in the top echelons of police in the Government of Capt. Amarinder Singh.
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"It is shameful that even after all around condemnation of his remarks, Gupta is not even sure if he did or said anything wrong. He is merely saying that his regret is valid only 'in case his remarks have caused any hurt'," Bir Devinder Singh, Senior Vice President of Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali) said in a statement issued here.

"If one cannot be gracious and honest even in expressing regret or tendering an apology, then one does not know how to be graceful at all. Besides, Mr Dinkar Gupta should now explain if in his view Pakistan will still take six hours to turn a devout Nanak Naam-leva Sikh, into a terrorist, or will it now take longer?" Bir Devinder asked, tongue firmly in cheek.

He said the police chief was still stuck on semantics and thinks it was only his words that had caused harm, while the problem was actually much more serious. "Atrocious as the words were, it is the thought that he holds in his head and propagates downwards to his force which is really problematic. How are we to know if that thought has automatically changed in the last 24 hours?" the former Deputy Speaker of The Punjab Assembly said.

Bir Devinder Singh said the people of Punjab weigh every statement in the context in which it was made.

"Mr Gupta was not responding to some urchin's query hurled at him in a crowded place; he was in a roomful of responsible journalists at the office of a national daily with a pre-appointment and knew everything was being recorded and was liable to be published. So what he said earlier were his considered views, formulated after much consideration. I wish he remains honest and makes it clear as to what his approach is towards the Sikh community, the Punjabis, the Guru Nanak Naamleva sangat and those who fought and prayed for decades to realise their dream of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor," Mr Bir Devinder Singh said.

Bir Devinder Singh
 
"The first statement was obnoxious, the clarification which accused the media of misconstruing the remarks depicted a clever by half mind, and the regret proves that beneath the brave facade was a coward officer who buckles outwardly while retaining the same foxy mindset deep inside," he said, demanding that it was most unfortunate that such a person continues to be in the top police job in Punjab, after profiling an entire Sikh community as potential terrorists.
"I am also shocked at the collective silence of the entire Congress leadership in Punjab. Have they any shame left? I know that they lost their spine long back and have learnt to bow before a Pakistani citizen friend of their chief minister but if they had even a single self-respecting bone left in their body, they should raise questions that are disturbing every Punjabi today," Bir Devinder Singh said.

He said the DGP was highly mistaken if he thinks that the people of Punjab will forgive him because he visited the Golden Temple last year. "Your faith in Sikhism is not a defence mechanism to wriggle out of a tough spot after you make inane statements. Do not take the name of God in vain. Just do your job properly, and do not harbour ill will towards an entire community. Be a good Hindu, or a good Sikh, or a good Muslim or a good Christian, or even a good non-believer. Then you will not have do 'regret tamashas' on Twitter," Bir Devinder Singh counselled the DGP.
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Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

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The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

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TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE         

 OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION         

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL       

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KARTARPUR SAHIB CORRIDOR
What Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta said, what he meant, and what he clarified?
22.02.20 - kanwar manjit singh
What Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta said, what he meant, and what he clarified?



DEACDES AFTER PUNJAB battled a toxic perception created by vested interests and anti-Punjab and anti-Sikh communal elements that branded Sikh youth as potential terrorists, the state's top police officer has now issued a statement that does even more harm, not only to the image of the Sikhs and Punjabis at large, but even to New Delhi's narrative of robust nationalism.

Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta has said that the Kartarpur corridor is a potential gateway to terrorism since a person can cross the border into Pakistan without a visa and come back after a few hours as a terrorist. If one is shocked at even such a suggestion, then perhaps one would find Gupta's own words actually much more horrific.

"Kartarpur offers a potential that you send somebody in the morning as an ordinary chap and by evening he comes back as trained terrorist actually. You are there for six hours, you can be taken to a firing range, you can be taught to make an IED,” Gupta told a roomful of journalists at the offices of an English daily that was apparently exchanging ideas with the officer.

While it is a no-brainer to reiterate that a venture like the Kartarpur Corridor would not have come to fruition without definitive clearances from the top political and army authorities, and that the decision would have involved a plethora of possible intelligence, diplomatic, strategic and tactical inputs, Gupta thought it fit to call the passage to the shrine connected to the First Sikh Master Guru Nanak as "a huge security challenge from terrorism point of view.”

In a subsequent press release, Mr Gupta, finding that his comments drew all around condemnation, "expressed shock and outrage" because he claimed his remarks were "being misunderstood or being wilfully misconstrued."

"I only red-flagged the obvious ‘potential’ for misuse by elements notorious for their hostility towards India and their effort to exploit every opportunity, even the most pious one, to disturb peace and communal harmony,” Mr Gupta was quoted as saying by an official press release issued by the PR department of the state government.

Mr Gupta effectively reiterated his position as enunciated earlier, did not deny a word of it, and actually repeated it. Here is the official clarification-style press note: "There was absolutely no reference to any religion or community in his remarks but simply that some anti-national elements based in hostile neighbourhood could misuse and exploit this opportunity and, therefore, "we” need to be vigilant to such potential dangers in the interest of peace and security of the people of the State, who, he said, had already suffered a lot in the past at the hands of terrorism promoted by our hostile neighbour." (sic)

The newspaper, where Gupta waxed eloquent about the possibilities that the Kartarpur Corridor offers, had reported the DGP as saying that some elements based in the neighbouring country were "trying to woo the pilgrims and making overtures to them.”

"It is a huge concern…that is why it was not opened for all these years. I was in Intelligence Bureau for eight years…I used to handle it over there. The feeling was that it (the Corridor) will be a huge security challenge. But after that as the community wanted it, the diaspora wanted it, it was decided why cannot this dream be realised. So all those security concerns were put on the backburner. And we also gave our go ahead,” he told journalists.
 
The fact is that Dinkar Gupta’s words were actually borrowed from RSS ideologues. When United Nations Secretary General António Guterres hailed the India-Pakistan visa-free passage as "Corridor of Hope,” Seshadri Chari of the RSS and a former editor of Organiser, called it a Corridor of Terror. "The dispensation in Islamabad, obsessed with terror...has acquired yet another corridor – Kartarpur – to perpetuate another round of terrorism on India," Chari wrote. Chari, in fact, committed a near blasphemy as he dragged in the Guru as being part of this instrument of terror. Read his abominable words:  "Pakistan army badly needed a diversionary ploy and Kartarpur corridor has come as a godsend, or rather ‘Gurusend’.” 

While it is not known how objectively or professionally the roomful of scribes pursuing journalism with courage grilled Gupta, some of his utterances are surely pregnant with interesting interpretations.

One, the Punjab Police chief is claiming in no uncertain terms that Punjab and/or the Sikh community has a ready supply of young men/women who will willingly go and slip into the hands of some crafty ISI sleuths, acquire enough training and come back as a converted hardcore terrorists.

This immediately brings under a shadow of cloud every single Sikh/Punjabi man or woman who has already been to Kartarpur Sahib via the inter-country corridor. How is one to prove whether he or she was indoctrinated/trained or not indoctrinated/trained while being on Pakistani soil? After all, converted terrorists might not be assigned any immediate task! And Gupta has revealed his immense understanding of terror-factory where the final deadly product can be hammered out from absolute raw material in six hours flat, or less.

Now, from DGP Gupta's security point of view, everyone who has been to Pakistan via Kartarpur Sahib Corridor could be seen, or at least suspected, as a sleeping cell. 

Also, what good are Indian school/college books, the untiring work of NCERT and the national sense of history propagated through daily school prayers, All India Radio's incessant belting out of Ae Mere Watan Ke Logo and our news television-propelled hyper nationalist anchors whose Republic is always seeking an Answer if all it takes is a devious Pakistani whisking away an unsuspecting devotee from Guru Nanak's shrine and turning him into a terrorist in SIX HOURS FLAT? Or less?

In essence, Punjab's Director General of Police has told the nation in no uncertain terms that Kartarpur Sahib Corridor is a very risky venture, that it was against India's national interest to open it, that the community insisted on opening it, that those who kept the Indian security concerns above religious sentiments were against it, that India's and Indians' security has been put at risk by a community's insistence on opening this Corridor and now all of India's security establishment is on its tenterhooks -- devoting maximum surveillance, resources, eyes, ears and sleuthing brains to prevent greater harm to Indians from these bad, bad people called Pakistanis.

In which part of India will groups of people, heavily intoxicated on massive doses of nationalism administered on a daily basis by the Adityanath Yogi School of Desh Prem, hail the Sikhs for finally realising their dream of finding access to the shrine where Guru Nanak spent the last few years of his life?

How do you think a boisterous group of school students in a school in Rourkela or Muzzafarnagar or Bijnour will treat the lone Sikh boy in Grade 9 who just last week shared his excitement with fellow classmates at his parents' plan to visit Kartarpur Sahib because finally the family has gotten their passports made?

The fact is that Mr Dinkar Gupta has just made this boy's life a little less secure. 

But it is what Mr Gupta has done for Pakistan, for ISI, for Pakistan's ISPR, for the morale of devious elements in Pakistani Deep Establishment that is more worrisome.

So far, despite having a troublesome, devious, inimical neighbour that continues to look for opportunities to needle us, to inflict harm upon us through its thousand-cuts policy that costs it nothing but inflicts much damage upon us, we have enjoyed a certain comfort because we had faith in our security forces, in the abilities of our intelligence agencies and in the determination of our police to check any evil designs of Pakistan.

Now, we have the top cop of the state telling us that Pakistan, in fact, is so good that it can pluck a man from the crowd of devotees and turn him into a terrorist, train him in arms and explosives, teach him how to set off bombs and carry out terror attacks, all in the span of six hours. And six hours, in fact, is the maximum for the job, Mr Gupta told an entire bunch of journalists. One can surmise that a more efficient officer of the ISI might take four or perhaps three hours. It is not known if a journo asked Mr Gupta how much can one be turned in a matter of fifteen minutes or so, and now that finer understanding of the bluebook of Pakistani terrorism as gleaned by this senior IPS officer will remain unknown to ignoramus bunch of pen-pushers.

Currently, India is passing through turmoil. One minority is at the receiving end. Its patriotism is being questioned by those in power. Its people have been suffering for a long time and are lately finding a voice in the anti-CAA protests. Its members have been killed in public lynchings that have largely gone un-condemned by powers that be. People have been shirking to give them houses on rent. A love affair involving a boy from that community is being termed a case of love jihad. Everyone knows which community is being targeted by the self-proclaimed nationalists. The goon brigade is out sniffing blood, checking fridges for meat of a particular animal, and attacking, mauling, killing with impunity.

In Punjab, a community is watching all this with a sense of deja vu. It has been there, suffered that sense of alienation. It saw its members being burnt alive in 1984 simply because of their religion. 

Senseless statements are making this community vulnerable again. Sikhs are not going to be seen as very friendly people if top police officers go around telling the rest of India that the Corridor which Sikhs pressed for, fought for, prayed for is likely to be used by Pakistan to unleash terrorism. 

On top of that, Mr Gupta knows too well that a number of Sikh organisations have openly opposed the CAA-NPR-NRC, that Indian national media has relentlessly telecast images of Sikh and Punjabi farmers running langar at Shaheen Bagh and standing up for their Muslim brethren at Malerkotla and elsewhere. Now, here is Mr Dinkar Gupta telling everyone that the same Sikh community was also adamant on pressing for opening of this Corridor, and that this has opened India to a potential terrorist attack.

Mr Gupta, in one stroke, has effectively made every Sikh a suspect. In a press release issued in response to reactions to his comments, it was claimed that there was no religious connotation to what he said.

Was Mr Gupta well informed about how Sikhs feel about the Kartarpur Sahib corridor? You bet. Here is Mr Gupta in his subsequent press release issued on the evening of February 22: "I rejoiced at the opening of the Sri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor which has fulfilled the decades-old aspirations of millions of devotees like myself all over the world who profess their faith in Guru Nanak Dev Ji and his divine teachings. Their daily ardas for ‘khulle darshan-deedaar’ of religious shrines that remain in post-Partition Pakistan, was finally answered. It was a matter of even greater happiness that it coincided with the 550th Prakash Purab of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji”.  

But the same Mr Gupta had also informed about how the community's efforts, prayers and intense lobbying was earlier dealt with by the authorities and on what grounds. Here is what he told the scribes at the newspaper, where he exchanged perceivably brilliant ideas, about the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor:

"It is a huge concern…that is why it was not opened for all these years. I was in Intelligence Bureau for eight years…I used to handle it over there. The feeling was that it (the Corridor) will be a huge security challenge. But after that as the community wanted it, the diaspora wanted it, it was decided why cannot this dream be realised. So all those security concerns were put on the backburner. And we also gave our go ahead.” 

You do not need to quibble over what Mr Gupta said: he was the one handling the issue, he engaged with the matter for years, it was a huge concern, it was clearly a security challenge, but because the community wanted it, all those security concerns were put on the backburner. Therefore, the Corridor is open. Therefore, there is massive threat to India. Therefore, it is taking huge resources to prevent that threat. 

In his subsequent press release, clarifying what he called "misunderstood" or "willfully (sic) misconstrued" understanding of his remarks, Mr Gupta claimed that there was "absolutely no reference to any religion or community in his remarks but simply that some anti-national elements based in hostile neighbourhood could misuse and exploit this opportunity."

In contrast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the same Corridor as an event that was akin to the demolition of the Berlin Wall, sending a message of peace and unity. One would think the disciplined police force would be in sync with the country's leadership, but then one has not reckoned with officers out to exchange ideas.
 
Dinkar Gupta, with his utterances, also destroyed what Narendra Modi had sought to achieve with the Kartarpur Corridor. At the onset of the winter season in mid-October,  Modi asked why the Kartarpur corridor took seven decades to be realised. "What could be more unfortunate that for nearly 70 years since Independence, devotees had to use binoculars for 'darshan' of Gurdwara Kartapur Sahib across the border,” he said, blasting the Congress for not caring that "just because of a distance of four km, devotees had been kept away from the 'Guru ghar'?"

"In 70 years, shouldn't the Congress governments have made efforts to eliminate this distance? But the Congress and other parties related to its culture had never given due respect to the faith, tradition and culture of Indians,” he had told election rallies. Now, it finally takes Dinkar Gupta to tell the nation that actually it was he and the security establishment that thwarted the plans, not the Congress. 

This is a much more brilliant cornering of the Prime Minister than Rahul Gandhi has been able to achieve with any tweet. With one idea exchange event, Dinkar Gupta has thrown the PM under the bus.


Also, it is the numbers that are causing a worry, as per Mr Dinkar Gupta. These numbers were actually pushed for by the Indian government. Pakistan was ready to give access to a few hundred. India wanted permission for thousands to visit. Pakistan had meekly agreed. The numbers were an Indian victory. Now, Mr Gupta finds that that "the numbers are huge."

Glean it from the newspaper where Mr Gupta made everyone aware of this great national security challenge: "Earlier the traffic to Pakistan was only a few jathas at Baisakhi and gurpurab. (now) The footfall, the numbers are huge. This is huge potential. So, it is a security challenge."

Which part of it will the rest of the country not understand clearly? There are clearly very pertinent questions involved.

* Pakistan poses a security risk.
* It can turn devotees into terrorists.
* This can be done in six hours.
* Too much pressure was there to open the corridor.
* Corridor was a security challenge.
* The government had resisted for a long time.
* Finally, it agreed to open.
* Now, there is threat of terror.
* Too many people are visiting it.
* That is why challenge is harder.
* If fewer people visit it, it will be better.
* If no one visits, then ISI cannot turn anyone into a terrorist.
* If the Corridor were not to be opened, then there would have been no threat on this count.

Will the number of Sikh devotees wishing to have darshan deedare of Sri Kartarpur Sahib increase or decrease after the DGP’s Idea Exchange?
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Also Read: DGP Gupta’s Statement Reeks Of Bias Against The Sikh Community
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But pray, you must read the subsequent official  and most eloquent clarification. For your benefit, it is titled most appropriately: "No religious connotation in Kartarpur Corridor remarks, says DGP Gupta; Re-emphasises need for vigilance against potential threat of misuse by hostile elements."

One hopes that now there is no doubt left in anyone's mind about what Mr Dinkar Gupta said/wanted to say/wanted to be understood/clarified/absorbed.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

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 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

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KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

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Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties  

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE         

 OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION         

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL       

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

BAD, BAD WOMAN!

 


 

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Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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"Nationalism" Word Implies Nazism, Avoid It: RSS Chief Bhagwat
20.02.20 - Team PT



Ranchi: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday said use of the word "nationalism" should be avoided as it reminds people of Adolf Hitler's Nazism.
Mohan Bhagwat made the remarks at an RSS event at the Mukherjee University Morabadi in Ranchi.

The RSS chief recalled his conversation with an RSS worker in UK where he said: "Nationalism shabd ka upyog mat kijiye. Nation kahenge chalega, national kahenge chalega, nationality kahenge chalgea, nationalism mat kaho. Nationalism ka matlab hota hai Hitler, naziwaad. (Don't use the word nationalism. Use of the words Nation or nationality is okay but don't use nationalism because it mans Hitler's Nazism)."

Mohan Bhagwat added that there is unrest across the country due to fundamentalism, however, every citizen of India is connected despite the diversity. "There is unrest in the country due to fundamentalism. It has been India's policy to neither become a slave nor make anyone a slave. India has a quality of uniting everyone. Indian culture is Hindu culture. Every citizen of India is connected with each other, despite the diversity," the 69-year-old leader said during the event.

Mohan Bhagwat also said that the RSS is expanding with "the end goal to make India a world leader".

He said as the nation progresses, the Sangh will also keep moving forward on the agenda of Hindutva, which will work in connecting the country. "India has to become a world leader. As India grows as a nation, it helps the entire world," he added.
 
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KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

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KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

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"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

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VALENTINE SPECIAL — SAD TO AAP: ANGREZI MEIN BOLO “I LOVE YOU”
SAD hails AAP's victory, says divisive agenda defeated, lesson for all
14.02.20 - S Pal
SAD hails AAP's victory, says divisive agenda defeated, lesson for all



"If BJP ignores the message of Delhi, it will do so at its own peril”
 
THE SHIROMANI AKALI DAL has expressed profound happiness at the defeat of the BJP's divisive agenda, wholeheartedly welcomed the victory of the Aam Aadmi Party, and credited Mr Arvind Kejriwal for not only delivering on the AAP's promises but also for introducing clean politics in India.

Now, people in Punjab might not have heard of the effervescent happiness of the Badals-led Shiromani Akali Dal at AAP's victory, but this is what the Akali Dal has told rest of India.  And the BJP circles are understandably shocked. 

In fact, after having accused Kejriwal of hobnobbing with Khalistani terrorists, the SAD has now found that Kejriwal, after all, was the messiah of clean politics. The SAD's national spokesperson went on national television channels during prime time to declare that the man set to become the chief minister of Delhi for third time in a row deserved credit "for introducing clean politics in India."

Messers Parkash Singh Badal and his established heir and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal might not have informed their own electorate in Punjab about how they interpret the victory of Kejriwal and AAP, but the unadulterated view of the Akali Dal has been conveyed to the larger Indian audiences through the National Spokesperson of SAD and Member of Parliament, Mr Naresh Gujral.

"I complement the Aam Aadmi Party and Mr (Arvind) Kejriwal for introducing clean politics in this country," Mr Gujral told national television channels while articulating the view of his party, the SAD.

"In fact, if you speak to anybody in Delhi, their (AAP's) delivery has been very good. They stuck to their promises, whether it was water, whether it was electricity, whether it was roads, hospitals, education, they have delivered. And when you deliver like this, then people vote for you," Naresh Gujral told NDTV in a detailed interview following the drubbing that the BJP received in Delhi after a no-holds barred, highly divisive campaign, led from the front by Modi and Amit Shah.

Anchor Nidhi Razdan, a little stunned by this reaction of the SAD spokesperson, naturally called his observation "significant, coming from you, for two reasons because you are in the NDA and the Aam Aadmi Party has a significant presence in Punjab," asked Naresh Gujral, "Do you consider that BJP's campaign was hateful and divisive?"

Here is the Akali Dal's official reaction to the hate speech that marked much of BJP's campaign: "I am very happy about one thing — that people of this country by and large have proved to be secular and they have not bought the divisive agenda. And I think that is very healthy for democracy."

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"Does your party leadership feel the same way?" the anchor asked Naresh Gujral, reminding him that one gets a sense that its spokesman in Delhi does speak out on issues from time to time but the SAD line on the ground is often different. 

But Naresh Gujral remained firm: "I think every right-thinking Indian feels the same way. Nobody wants to fragment this country, nobody wants this kind of divisiveness, nobody wants this kind of religious hatred...we are a party who are the followers of the Gurus and the essence of their teachings has always been harmony and tolerance, then how can they not follow this?"

"Then what are you doing in the NDA?"

It was a question asked most piercingly, and Akali Dal's erudite spokesman, Member of Parliament and son of a former Prime Minister, was at a complete loss for words.

Naresh Gujral often pitches a different face of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Delhi's respectable power circles than what the party projects to its electorate in Punjab.

It is a situation akin to a religion-based party going around in the Indian political space with two Constitutions in hand -- one meant for the consumption of the Election Commission of India projecting itself as a secular party and helps it escape any action for making feverish appeals to the voters' religion, and the other that enables it to fight elections to a shrine management body and project itself as primarily a party to safeguard the interests of one particular community. 

But back to the question: "Then what are you doing in the NDA?"

Naresh Gujral is not easily thrown off guard. He had laughter to fall back upon: "Ha..ha..ha.." But then quickly found his words: "Look, we have our own ideology. We stick to our ideology and from time to time, we speak out."

"Even on CAA, we made our position very clear. We voted for the CAA because we wanted the Sikhs who had come from Afghanistan and Pakistan to be given citizenship, but we did state clearly on the floor of the House that we don't want Muslims to be excluded."

"We are against any kind of counting done in a way which would create fears in the minds of minorities or the poor," he said. The SAD has so far not held any dharna or rally to oppose the CAA, its leaders have not participated in any such protest, and not a single leader has visited or met students of JNU or Jamia who were targetted by the goons. In fact, the SAD did not back the resolution against CAA in the Punjab Assembly.

Now, however, Naresh Gujral also remembered to hail the AAP for not trying to win votes through any freebies or allurements. 

"The good thing, which I think is a lesson for everybody across the country, is that you can win an election without giving any allurements, without giving alcohol, without distribution of money or gifts or or any such thing," Naresh Gujral said, adding the AAP has won solely because it actually delivered. "You can talk to anybody in Delhi," he said.

"If you stick to your promises and if you deliver, people will vote for you. What Mr Kejriwal learnt this time was that don't have a negative agenda. He did not criticize BJP, he did not criticize Mr Modi, he only stuck to positives. And this has been our experience in Punjab also that if you want voters to vote for you, you must stick to a positive agenda."

Clearly, the significance of the remarks of an ally like the SAD could not have been lost since the BJP made Shaheen Bagh its election plank and Amit Shah himself asked people to hit the EVM buttons with so much force that the current should reach the Muslim women sitting in Shaheen Bagh opposing the CAA. 

But will the BJP shun all talk of Pakistan and Kashmir and stop spewing venom against a particular minority, Naresh Gujral said, "Delhi has sent a very strong message and if they ignore it, they will do so at their own peril. I do hope that better sense will prevail."

Gujral was unfortunately not asked why better sense did not prevail upon his own federalism-seeking party when it backed the BJP's moves on Art 370 and Art 35-A, and when the Central government could well have given citizenship to migrants from Pakistan and Afghanistan without bringing in CAA, but he did slam the NDA for veering off the path that had brought it to power.

"The NDA was elected on an agenda which was different, which was an economic agenda, and now the economy is slipping. The entire focus of the government should move back towards economy," Gujral said.

Naresh Gujral said political parties should learn one lesson from the Delhi election outcome: "Do not make false promises because if you do not stick to your promises, people will throw you out, but if you deliver, you will be rewarded. So, I think that should be the message for everybody."

An added message for everybody should also be that the political party should speak in the same tone and tenor in Punjab as it does in Delhi and on English-language news television channels.

Unfortunately, the Akali Dal leadership, primarily made up of the father-son duo, the son's wife and her brother, trudge a muddled turf, with one narrative for the consumption of Punjab's audience and another more politically correct aimed at Delhi's and country's elite. 

In Delhi, the job is performed by Naresh Gujral, who is essentially a Delhi-based wonderboy with intricate knowledge of the power corridors. He has been carrying out this task with a certain level of dexterity, pursuing a political path where he doesn't have to get his hands dirty in the so called politics of the hoi poloi.

He is Akali Dal's television MP: seen only on screen, mouthing politically correct stances, spinning a narrative which is at a marked variance with the fulminations of a Sukhbir or Harsimrat Badal in Punjab. Or taking a stance more in line with Delhi establishment than even his own party, as in the case of demand for commuting the death sentence of Devinderpal Singh Bhullar where he opposed the official SAD stance. 

But since he is the national spokesperson of the party in the national capital, we thought you would like to know what the rest of India does about the Akali Dal’s reaction. For the SAD's Punjab-specific official reaction to the Delhi results, here is the ever-suave spokesperson, former state minister and SAD secretary Daljit Singh Cheema: "If the BJP had better co-ordination with us, the results could have been different.” Cheema was speaking in Punjabi.

Incidentally, the Akali Dal did not even object to the BJP fielding a man like Tejinder Pal Singh Bagga and eventually asked Delhi's voters, including the 12 lakh plus Sikh voters, to vote for the BJP. Not one Akali Dal leader issued not one statement on even a single instance of venom like "Goli Maro” or "Shaheen Bagh” being the hub of anti-nationals, but then, that is a duty of one man called Naresh Gujral who can speak about such issues only in a language which certainly can never be Punjabi.

So, Angrezi mein bolo, Khalsa ji, "Kejriwal, I love you..." After all, Kejriwal has said the same, and in the same language. 

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