The RSS 25 Point Attack
The RSS has 25 points with which it hopes to attack the Sikh faith and lead to its eventual assimilation. All 25 points are very easily refuted but lack of education and a knowledge coup by the RSS and it’s agents have led to this organized attack. This is a serious issue.
The following points are already being incorporated into school text books and taught as real history. This skewed history is already taught in many areas.
1. Sikhs are an inseparable part of Hindu society.
2. If Hinduism is a tree, Sikhism is a fruit on that tree.
3. Gurbani is like the Ganga, it emerges from the Gangotri of the Vedas
4. The Khalsa was created to protect Hinduism and Hindustan
5. Japji Sahib is a summary of the Gita
6. The Failure of the 1857 “War of Independence” [in reality an unorganized uprising by Poorbiya soldiers who 8 years earlier helped the British conquer Punjab] was defeated only by the Sikhs
7. Banda Singh Bahadur was really Veer Banda Bairagi
8. The Sikh Gurus worshipped the cow
9. Condemning Bhai Kanh Singh Nabha and Bhai Veer Singh
10. Use examples from Trumpp and other anti-Sikh western scholars
11. The Sikh Gurus used Vedic ceremonies
12. Guru Gobind Singh worshipped the Goddess Durga
13. Guru Sahib was from the family or Ram and his devotee
14. Sikhs are from Lav-Kush
15. Baba Ram Singh was the legitimate Guru of the Sikhs (bw note: he was the first Namdhari guru)
16. Create posters which challenge Sikh principles but appear to be pro-Sikh
17. Insist on using the Bikrami calendar and share Hindu festivals
18. Call Bhai Hakeekat Singh, Hakeekat Rai and illustrate him as a clean-shaven Hindu
19. Claim [with no historical basis] that Guru Gobind Singh sent his army to liberate Ram Janam Bhumi in Ayodhya from the Mughals
20. To create the Khalsa, Guru Gobind Singh seeked blessing from the gods and goddesses and used Hindu mantras. The Kakaars were also blessings from the gods.
21. Equate “Ik Oankaar” with “OM”
22. Call Bhai Mati Das “Guru Mati Das Sharma”
23. To do parkash of Sree Guru Granth Sahib in Mandirs and put pictures of Hindu Gods in Sikh Gurdwaras
24. Project Guru Gobind Singh as having taken a different ideology from Guru Nanak and to make him into a Patriotic Hero of India
25. Make all of Sikh history take a Hindu tint.
Small Steps to Oblivion
The RSS recognizes that Hinduism is many hundreds of years old and it can slowly assimilate the Sikhs with time. By establishing links between Vishnu/Raam and the Gurus, they hope that Sikhs will see these Hindu gods as their own. With time, perhaps pictures of Raam and Vishnu will find their way into Gurdwaras. The RSS has commissioned paintings and posters that mix Hinduism and Sikhism and present Sikh figures receiving blessings from Hindu gods.
Idol worship, which is taboo in Sikhism is also being slowly introduced. Idols of Guru Gobind Singh and Guru Nanak can now be purchased from many stores. Some Nanaksar Thaats (a government supported cult) have also installed these idols. If idols of Sikh Gurus are acceptable, then perhaps with time Hindu idols can be accepted. Gurdwara Manikaran is a good example of what the RSS would like to see more common.
By putting Guru Granth Sahib in Hindu mandirs, simple Sikh villagers will begin to go to pay obeisance regularly in these Hindu Temples. With Sikhs attending Hindu Mandirs, they will also offer worship to the Hindu gods and goddesses there. Sikh marriages may also begin to take place in Mandirs. Eventually, Hinduism in Punjab will be a mish/mash of Sikhism and Hinduism and the Sikhs will lose their distinct identity. Given a few generations, Guru Nanak will be an Avtar of Vishnu just like the Buddha has become and the Sikhs will be eliminated.
Today, Hindu Mandirs and idols again surround Sri Darbaar Sahib in Amritsar. In total, nine mandirs surround the Darbar Sahib complex, with some even in the galleria. When will these small mandirs be turned into massive buildings? When they are, what will the Sikhs have to say?
The Sikhs today are facing dark days. The Sikh Liberation Movement has been destroyed along with Sikh self-confidence. Hindu Fundamentalist organizations are making deep inroads into the community and still there is no reaction. We will be remembered as the first generation of Sikhs to have accepted defeat and subjugation from an adversary.