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Doc­u­men­tary maker Prit­pal Singh greets Afghans on Eid and yearns for peace

Prit­pal Singh, like all Sikhs world­wide -in­di­vid­u­ally and col­lec­tively, are wor­ried about their safety and se­c...

Written by Jagmohan Singh editor of WSN 

Thou­sands of Afghan Sikhs and Hin­dus may have left their an­ces­tral home­land of Afghanistan and are set­tled in the West and some in In­dia, yet their heart is with fel­low Afghans ir­re­spec­tive of re­li­gion and class. Doc­u­men­tary film-maker Prit­pal Singh, now liv­ing in Lon­don, greets his fel­low Afghans on the joy­ous oc­ca­sion of Eid, with­out ac­ri­mony but with the hope that the presently vul­ner­a­ble Sikhs will be taken care of by the ma­jor­ity Mus­lim brethren in war-torn Afghanistan. World Sikh News shares his video mes­sage of Eid greet­ings and yearn­ing for peace in his beloved coun­try Afghanistan.


PEAK­ING CHASTE DARI/​FARSI, RE­FER­RING TO AFGHANS AS FEL­LOW BRETHREN, doc­u­men­tary film­maker Prit­pal Singh echoes the feel­ings of the Sikh com­mu­nity in ex­tend­ing Eid greet­ings to the peo­ple of Afghanistan.

Prit­pal Singh, in his Face­book posts, has been yearn­ing for peace. He has been shar­ing the pain of whoso­ever gets killed in war-torn Afghanistan. He shares the pain of the Sikh com­mu­nity, which two months ago faced a das­tardly at­tack in a Gur­d­wara killing 26 Sikhs -men, women and a child and one Mus­lim pro­tec­tor of the Gur­d­wara while greet­ing Afghans on the oc­ca­sion of break­ing of the month-long fast­ing.

He re­calls how in the past Sikhs, Mus­lims, Hin­dus and oth­ers formed the great Afghan mi­lieu and lived in a mul­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety.  Like many Afghans, he years for those days to re­turn.  De­spite their pro­gres­sive and peace­ful lives in the West, Prit­pal Singh tells WSN, “Many Afghan Sikhs and Hin­dus pray that peace comes sooner than later in Afghanistan.”

As the vul­ner­a­ble 650 odd re­main­ders of the thou­sands of Sikhs in Afghanistan wait with bated breath to leave their homes and busi­nesses to mi­grate to In­dia, Canada, USA, Aus­tralia or where, Prit­pal Singh, like all Sikhs world­wide -in­di­vid­u­ally and col­lec­tively, are wor­ried about their safety and se­cu­rity.

Wishing all Afghans a very prosperous Eid al-Fitr. On this sacred and happy day, I request the Afghan nation to provide security to the religious minorities in Afghanistan in the wake of the 25th March 2020 attack at a Kabul Gurdwara in Shorbazaar, Kabul. At this heinous attack, over 26 men, women and children were killed. The remaining Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan are still in shock and fear. I therefore ask you to provide help and support to our Afghan Sikh brothers and sisters so they can overcome the trauma. Once again wishing you on this happy occasion of Eid! Eid Mubarak God bless and thank you. Many thanks.


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