The Shiv Sena on Tuesday wondered what is going to be the result of the continued farmers’ protest after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited a gurdwara and sought inspiration from Guru Tegh Bahadur, whose followers are among those protesters.
An editorial within the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ was pertaining to Modi’s visit on Sunday to Gurdwara Rakabganj in Delhi where he paid tributes to Guru Tegh Bahadur for his supreme sacrifice.
Guru Teg Bahadur, whose death anniversary was observed on Saturday, was cremated at the Gurdwara Rakabganj.
Thousands of farmers, including Sikhs, are protesting near the Delhi borders since November 26 against the Modi government’s three new farm laws.
The editorial within the Marathi daily said farmers from Punjab didn’t flinch even when Modi reached the gurdwara, “turning his back towards the Sikh peasants’ protest”, and continued with their demonstration.
“Prime Minister Modi sought inspiration from Guru Tegh Bahadur. Happy about it. Thousands of Sikh fighters also are fighting (protesting) from an equivalent inspiration near Delhi border. Hence, it’s an issue of what is going to be the result of the battle,” the editorial said.
It said ‘Gurbani’ was being played when the prime minister reached the gurdwara.
The Gurbani says services and devotion towards God are going to be of no use if one doesn’t change his/her thoughts, the editorial noted.
The Gurbani says reading the holy religious book several times are going to be of no use if one doesn’t understand its teachings, and also asks what is going to one do when his/her time comes and an account of his/her deeds is checked, it said.
The gurbani mentions that none could defend himself from time, it added.
It is “not right” that Modi’s political opponents criticise him for love or money he does, the editorial said during a cryptic remark and asked what’s there to be restless if he visited the gurdwara.
Modi’s opponents are alleging “politics” behind the prime ministers visit the gurdwara and asking why are the farmers from Punjab protesting within the cold if he loves Sikhs such a lot , it said.
“…but none should question Modi’s faith. Guru Tegh Bahadur was an excellent saint. The Guru accepted martyrdom for humanity, principles and ideals…he was the protector of faith . Hence, not only Sikhs, everyone on this land should bow before Guru Tegh Bahadur,” the editorial said.