converted to other religions. This is my sincere appeal to them to protect the Hindu dharma. Similarly, the Upper Caste Sikhs (Brahmins, Khatris, Rajputs etc.) mistreat backward class Sikhs like Jats, Sainis, Kambojs, as well as Dalit Sikhs.
Although all the Sikh Maharajas including Mahraja Ranjit Singh were Jats yet the ordinary Jat was exploited by Khatri Sikhs who loaned the former money at exorbitant interest during the British Rule. Similarly, Dalit Sikhs and Saini as well as Kamboj Sikhs who were agriculturists were exploited by Khatri Sikhs. This has resulted in some of the former Sikhs being lured by Muslim Pakistanis into becoming votaries of Khalistan. Although Jats, Sainis etc. and Dalit Sikhs form the majority of the Sikh population and hence they form the Govt. in Punjab but there are some disgruntled elements. So not only Khatri Sikhs but also Upper Caste Hindus must embrace all the backward Sikhs and Dalit Sikhs to wean them away from the clutches of Khalistanis. It is by allowing Dalit Sikhs to enter our Gurudwaras and by showing love and affection for all backward Sikhs and Dalit Sikhs that we can achieve the aim of making India a strong country. In particular,
the Upper Caste Hindus should not doubt the integrity of the Sikhs. If someone has gone astray, we should do all we can to bring him into the mainstream.
Satbir Singh Bedi