“Nanak Naam Chardi Kala, Tere Bhane Sarbat Da Bhala” – The final line in Sikh Aradas or prayer — inquires prosperity and peace for all humankind. In the last few days, many Sikhs of North India have embarked on this concept with the help of Kashmiri Muslims who were trying to avoid cautious soldiers after the Pulwama attack on 14th February.
International humanitarian organization Khalsa Aid, local gurudwaras and lots of individual Sikhs gave safety, food and shelter to stranded Kashmiris and helped them attain their homes in Kashmir.
Many Kashmiris – who were stranded, as well as journalists and political leaders – expressed their love for helping Sikh community in this difficult time to help Khalsa support. As a symbol of their gratitude, the Kashmiris have now offered all types of free services for the Sikhs – from free medical treatment and education to snow-bike riders in Gulmarg.
A animation by Greater Kashmir cartoonist Suhail Naqshbandi, that depicted a Sikh providing a helping hand to a drowning Kashmiri, went viral about social websites.
— Suhail Naqshbandi (@hailsuhail) February 20, 2019
The animation was shared with former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti of this People’s Democratic Party along with Omar Abdullah of the National Conference.
I salute our Sikh brethren who came to the aid of young Kashmiris all over the country. Admire their exemplary spirit to serve with utmost dignity & fortitude. https://t.co/rOGN4mS2PA
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) February 20, 2019
This cartoon is very apt. The Sikh sangat has gone above & beyond the call of duty in reaching out & helping Kashmiris in distress, whether in Jammu or outside the state. A special thanks to @capt_amarinder Sahib for his statesmanship in ensuring security & safety for Kashmiris. https://t.co/QRPsTf1JoI
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 20, 2019
But, Khalsa Aid CEO Ravinder Singh Adjusted Abdullah for Providing Charge to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Stated that the initiative Had Been Obtained by gurudwaras.
With due respect the initiative was taken by the GURDWARAS in Chandigarh and then the @khalsaaid_india team funded & coordinated the 20 buses for the students. It was the Panjabi people’s love for humanity 🙏🏻🙏🏻 @OmarAbdullah https://t.co/L4BIkhHvrP
— ravinder singh (@RaviSinghKA) February 20, 2019
Srinagar-based restaurant owner Javid Parsa, who offered to assist the stranded students, recounted his experience in a gurdwara at Chandigarh.
— Javid Parsa (@parsa_javid) February 18, 2019
He composed on Twitter the kindness revealed by Sikhs,”mended my heart, revived my faith in humankind”.
Talking to a local station, Saqib, a stranded Kashmiri pupil stated he was treated as a alien but Sikhs forced him feel that there is somebody who Kashmiris could call their very own in India.
BUT NOW BECAUSE OF THEM (SIKHS) WE FEEL THAT WE HAVE SOMEONE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO WE CAN CALL OUR OWN”
Saqib, stranded Kashmiri student
#KashmiriStudents thanks for #Sikh community in #India after situation of hate & fear created by some goons after #PulwamaAttack.— Mehreen Chisti (@mehreen_chisti) February 20, 2019
Those chanting #IndiaWantsRevenge and #BadlaKab #Badla should learn some #Humanity. If U want #Kashmir but Hate #Kashmiris. #Shame #WednesdayWisdom pic.twitter.com/4fPCiqgVA0
Some Kashmiris recognized how local Sikhs stood guard outside universities and schools to stop vigilante mobs from penetrating and offered help to Kashmiri students separately.
Sikhs guarding one of the college in Punjab at night. Sikhs in groups went from college to college in Punjab to look for Kashmiri students and help them out following mob attacks on Kashmiris at many places. pic.twitter.com/nHbq1bfrjI
— Muhammad Raafi’ (@MohammadRaafi) February 19, 2019
Several other Kashmiris took to Twitter to thank Sikhs to their aid.
— ashraf Khatana (@khatana_ashraf) February 20, 2019
My heart goes out for our Sikh Brothers. Thanks for all your help and support.
Love from Kashmir.#LoveKhalsa
— Er. Nasir Shafi (@yNasirShafi) February 20, 2019
Thanku sikh brothers aap na kashmariu ke bhot help ke aaj aap ka waja sa bhot sara kashmiri ghar wapas aaya pic.twitter.com/vr3fxdo2mN
— Umar Mir (@UmarMir21717191) February 20, 2019
1 Kashmiri journalist put a picture of Guru Nanak as a mark of respect for Sikh individuals as well as the Sikh religion
— Daanish Bin Nabi (@DaanishBinNabi) February 20, 2019
Sikhs Facing Threats and Abuse
Sikhs Facing Risks and Abuse On the other hand, the aid supplied by Sikhs to Kashmiris has angered right-wing trolls, who started abusing the neighborhood.
A number of those hate comments included”Sikhs are harbouring Jihadis in their gurdwaras” and”they’re feeding milk into snakes”. What is more upsetting, some have threatened to strike Sikhs.
What is more upsetting, some have threatened to strike Sikhs.
“PEOPLE EVEN SAID THAT SUCH GURUDWARAS WHICH ARE HELPING KASHMIRI’S NEED TO INDENTIFY AND SET THEM ON FIRE”
ANOTHER THREATENED THAT “SIKHS Will Need to PAY A PRICE” FOR HELPING OUT KASHMIRI’S.
@capt_amarinder It is good that you took stand for @BDUTT. Kindly ask @PunjabPoliceInd @DGPPunjabPolice to take action against these criminals who are spreading hate and communal disharmony and issuing open threats to #Sikhs and #Punjabis for helping #Kashmiri people. pic.twitter.com/JduffeIJrr— Mehkma Panjabi (@MehkmaPanjabi) February 20, 2019