Congress, SAD oppose reported transfer of induction of helmets for Sikh troopers within the Military

Congress, SAD oppose reported transfer of induction of helmets for Sikh troopers within the Military



PTI

Chandigarh, January 13

Opposition Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab on Friday strongly opposed the reported transfer of induction of helmets for Sikh troopers within the Military.

Senior Congress chief and former Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa mentioned that Sikhs bravely fought the 1962, 1965, 1971 wars and the Kargil battle, however no helmet situation arose then.

“We strongly condemn the transfer of induction of helmets for Sikh troopers. A Sikh won’t ever take away his turban for a helmet. Authorities ought to instantly withdraw its choice and the Prime Minister ought to apologise,” Randhawa instructed reporters right here.

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to personally intervene in opposition to implementation of the reported transfer to make helmets obligatory for Sikhs within the nation’s armed forces.

Describing the transfer as “provocative and insensitive within the excessive”, Badal, in a press release, right here mentioned that it was not simply unprecedented in historical past but additionally defied all logic as Sikh troopers had at all times remained within the forefront of the nation’s defence with out ever feeling the necessity for such helmets up to now.

“If particulars rising from numerous sources together with newspaper experiences are certainly true, then we’re stunned that the Authorities has proven such callous disregard for the time honoured and established Sikh tenets, norms and practices on a matter of such vital emotional and spiritual sensitivity. It issues ‘Sikh Maryada’ which nobody has a proper to tinker or trifle with,” mentioned Badal in a letter to the Prime Minister.

He, nevertheless, hoped that the Prime Minister would look into the matter and order that needed motion be taken to cease any proposal on this regard.

“Not even the British had pressured such a call on the Sikh troopers. Sikhs are fiercely patriotic folks and have led from the entrance in 1948, 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars as additionally in all different army operations, together with Kargil.

“Why this sudden growth when no Sikh had ever felt the necessity for such a safety?” requested Badal, including that he nonetheless hoped that the experiences on this regard usually are not true.

In his letter to the Prime Minister, Badal additionally drew Modi’s consideration to the intense concern expressed by Jathedar of Akal Takhat Harpreet Singh over the reported transfer of the Ministry of Defence on this regard.

In line with a press release by Shiromani Akali Dal, Badal was referring to experiences in a bit of the press which mentioned that the ministry of Defence had already positioned orders for bulk buy of those so-called “specifically designed helmets” for the Sikh troopers.

He mentioned that the Sikh tenets forbade the carrying of any protecting materials over their turbans and in all fight operations, together with the 2 World Wars, the Sikhs have neither requested for nor been pressured to put on any such headgear over their turbans.” Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Harpreet Singh had additionally criticised the reported transfer, saying that it’s an assault on the identification of Sikhs.


#Congress
#Kargil
#Shiromani Akali Dal
#Sikhs
#Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa





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