Nuclear Deal and
the Role of Akalis
By Balbir Singh Sooch,
To my mind, the right thinking
smaller groups, regional parties and individuals in the name of
secularism or national interest on the very beneficial issue of
Nuclear-deal, have a bright chance to compromise with United
Progressive Alliance or enter into a new alliance or merge in
the same for the coming Lok Sabha Elections likely to be held on
time in 2009 after solving the remaining unsolved issues
remained pending due to the confrontation and opposition of
Lefts for the last four years.
The true Sikh leadership and Sikhs belonging to the fifth major
Religion of the World are not communal at all and admittedly the
teachings of Sikh Religion are very rich in human values and
beliefs comparatively and it is also immensely clear from the
greetings to Sikhs by the most politically powerful man of the
World as President of America:
“President Bush has sent warm greetings recently to Sikhs across
America and worldwide on the 300th anniversary of the
Sikh Scriptures, Guru Granth Sahib as the community is gearing
towards major celebration of this event in October this year
(October 7, 2008). Sikhs will be celebrating this auspicious
occasion in their respective congregations all over the world.
The Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE)
representative, Sirmukh Singh Manku, received this message from
the White House and operative part is as under:
“I send greetings to those
celebrating the 300th anniversary of the Sikh Scriptures”, said
President Bush in a message released from the White House.
Emphasizing the noble concepts
of the Sikh faith, President Bush said, “Sikhism teaches its
followers to respect the equality of all people, defend the
weak, lead lives of compassion and generosity, and work hard.”
“By putting their beliefs and
values into action, Sikhs honor God and provide comfort to
countless individuals.” He added.
He praised the Sikh community
by saying, “I applaud the Sikh community for your respect for
human life and your strong devotion to family and faith. With
this message of compassion, humility, and love, Sikhs make the
world a more peaceful and hopeful place.”
President Bush further added,
“Laura and I send our best wishes on this special occasion.''
Some of the Akalis and others were forced to follow in violation
the spirit of Sikh Religion due to
numerous compelling odd
elsewhere. But under the changed circumstances, once again they
should trust and test congress and the parties supporting the
N-deal and join the new alliance likely to become reality in
view of the compromise seems to be in sight on the N-deal.
as an historical step would be remembered forever mainly
associating with the name of Prime Minister of India, Dr.
Manmohan Singh and his open supporters on the issue in the
history, keeping in mind the magnitude of their sincerity for
the cause i.e. uplifting of downtrodden, sustainable
development, peace and justice for all in India.
As there is a sea
change or change of heart in the approach of
Communist Party of
India-Marxists patriarch and former West Bengal Chief Minister,
Jyoti Basu who rightly told the Red Brigade that the Left has
already made its opposition to the nuclear deal clear by
withdrawing its support to the government and so now there was
no need to vote against the government as reported.
And similarly, it seems the
real Akalis and the other smaller groups/parties etc matter for
the purpose should have already made up their mind and opinion
to play a positive role i.e. not to vote against the government
for the cause and
that’s why government of India is in no doubt to successfully
pass the test of motion of confidence on July 22, 2008 in the
Parliament under the gifted leadership of Dr. Manmohan Singh
without facing any crisis and thus the government would complete
its full tenure of five years.
July 12, 2008